Friday, September 20, 2019

City of Southlake’s Health and Wellness Plan-The Process and Benefits

The City of Southlake’s Planning and Development Services Department provided City Council an update on the development of the Health and Wellness Master Plan at their May 7 meeting.

The Health and Wellness Master Plan, which is an element of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan, is designed to address key components of wellness in the community. It consolidates, organizes and in some cases, updates existing city policies, programs and recommendations specifically related to health and wellness. It also includes 36 recommendations in four topic areas: Built and Natural Environment, Mental and Physical Health, Age-Friendly Communities and Community Resiliency.

“Currently, the City offers and supports many programs related to serving the community in terms of health and wellness,” said Director of Planning and Development Services Ken Baker. “The Health & Wellness Master Plan will help establish clear goals and priorities for the next several years related to encouraging overall community wellness.”

In order to develop the plan, a Health and Wellness Committee was formed to provide feedback and act as an advisory board to City Council. So far, the Health and Wellness Committee has conducted six meetings to formulate the plan. During these meetings, the committee and City staff developed recommendations for the plan.

Also, as part of plan development, the committee received input from the Southlake Kids Interested in Leadership (SKIL), the Southlake Youth Action Commission (SYAC), the Southlake Senior Advisory Committee and CISD School Health Advisory Committee.

“The City recognizes that our resident population is diverse, and this plan aims to be representative of all groups (including youth, middle-aged and senior citizens) regarding health and wellness topics,” said Baker.

The adoption process consists of multiple public meetings: SPIN, Planning and Zoning Commission and two readings at City Council. These public meetings provide an opportunity for the community to give feedback on the plan. The process also allows boards, committees and City Council the opportunity to guide and direct policy for Southlake.

Below are the next steps for the Health & Wellness Master Plan, all located at Southlake Town Hall:

  • H&W Open House – May 14, 2019 (5–6 p.m.)
  • SPIN Town Hall Forum – May 14, 2019 (6 p.m.)
  • P&Z Commission meeting – May 23, 2019 (6:30 p.m.)
  • City Council 1st Reading – June 4, 2019 (5:30 p.m.)
  • City Council 2nd Reading & Public Hearing – June 18, 2019 (7 p.m.)

A draft version of the Health and Wellness Master Plan is available on the City’s website.