Adopt a Growth Management and Land Use Plan that Includes Health Considerations

OBJECTIVE: Obtain approval for a revised growth management and land use plan with health as a consideration.
STATUS: The Planning Department staff presented the Growth Management and Land Use Plan to City Council. The Council’s feedback was to take a more comprehensive approach to the plan. This change would expand the objective to a comprehensive plan not just a land use plan with an anticipated completed date of January 2021.
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Adopt an Active Transportation Plan

OBJECTIVE: Adoption of the Active Transportation Plan by Springfield City Council.
STATUS: There are 4 sections in the Person Powered Mobility Plan 2040 (Active Transportation Plan). Ozark Greenways has endorsed the entire plan and has adopted the “Greenway Trail Plan for 2040” component. The plan needs to be endorsed and/or adopted by other groups before it can go to City Council.
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Create Healthier Workplaces through Wellness

OBJECTIVE: Implement an online tool that provides policy and system approaches to improve workplace wellness and have at least 15 workplaces adopt initiatives.
STATUS: The HLA Business Committee launched a HLA website, in August 2017, as a resource for worksite wellness efforts and is focused on the business case for wellness, resources to start worksite wellness and local best practices. The site was featured at September’s Good Morning Springfield, and in a recent issue of the Springfield Business Journal.
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Increase Access to Playspaces

OBJECTIVE: Increase access to playspaces in Springfield by 10%.
STATUS: Ozark Greenways continues to expand, increasing access to play:

  • Jordan Greek Greenway Bob Barker to Central Street Trail Gap Closed. .528 linear feet. Access points from Bob Barker and Central street
  • Ward Branch Greenway CU Twin Oaks Substation Gap Closed. Approx 1000 linear feet of trail. Access points Republic Rd and Monastery Dr.
  • Trail of Honor/James River Greenway extension: Approx 1700 linear feet of trail. Access point from Timbercrest Rd
  • James River Greenway extension from Trail of Honor: Approx 3100 linear feet of trail. No access points from roads/cross streets
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Reduce Food Insecurity

OBJECTIVE: Increase the number of enrollments in SNAP and WIC supplemental food programs by 2,500 through improved enrollment process and referrals.
STATUS: A malnutrition task force has been formed to examine a food insecurity assessment.  Potential partners for the task force include Ozarks Food Harvest and WIC to provide support to local families.
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Improve Access to Healthy Food

OBJECTIVE: Improve the network and distribution of fresh produce within the community resulting in an increase of fresh produce available by 10%.
STATUS: There are many community efforts currently underway to improve access to healthy foods. Springfield Community Gardens is currently planning for organizational improvements to reach more people and to grow more food in the 2017 growing season. A Food Collaborative is currently forming and is identifying and prioritizing policy and system improvements that can be collectively developed. A concept for a Community Resource Center has been developed and a location, timeline and funding is currently being sought.
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Strengthen Farm to School Initiative

OBJECTIVE: Sustain efforts of the Farm to School initiative by increasing fresh produce available within schools through the cafeteria and within gardens.
STATUS: Part-time Farm to School Coordinator hired in partnership with Community Partnership of the Ozarks.
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