Environmental Health and Community Planning

by Joseph A. Salvato, Jr.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Urban Planning and Development Division, 1968, Vol. 94, Issue 1, Pg. 23-30

Document Type: Journal Paper


The public is demanding not only clean air, pure water and an unpolluted land, but also freedom from excessive noise, adequate recreation facilities, and housing and residential communities that provide comfort and privacy. However the usual planning is limited to its scope—land use, a water system, transportation. Some examples of the effects this type of planning and the prevention of problems cause are given. It is emphasized that more engineering thinking must go into comprehensive community planning and more comprehensive planning thought must go into specific engineering studies. The health department responsibility for issuance of permits and approval of operational results to protect the public health requires that the public does not inherit conditions which are impossible or very costly to correct.

Subject Headings: Public health and safety | Environmental issues | Water-based recreation | Air quality | Water quality | Public buildings | Recreational facilities | Housing

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