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Health highlights of comprehensive plan

April 10, 2014
Editorial , Lake Placid News

There are a number of goals and objectives in the new Village of Lake Placid/Town of North Elba Comprehensive Plan we found worthy of repeating and we think would enhance the health and wellness of our community for residents and visitors of all ages and abilities.

Under the Community Facilities and Services section, we liked the following ideas:

-Ensure that every neighborhood and lodging facility is accessible (10- to 20-minute walk) to a trail.

-Develop and promote Lake Placid as a place where residents can age in place successfully.

-Integrate youth and senior services where appropriate to create intergenerational engagement opportunities.

-Develop a community center to accommodate and engage people of all ages and abilities across the lifespan.

-Provide emergency care, basic health services, rehabilitation services, nursing care beds and assisted living care in Lake Placid.

-Continue the operation of an ambulance service and access to advanced care.

-Lake Placid will strive to be a zero-waste community through recycling, composting and reuse of building materials.

-Establish community gardens in residential neighborhoods to provide healthy food and lifestyle recreation opportunities for residents.

-Advance volunteer efforts in the Lake Placid community.

-Promote a positive, welcoming community atmosphere.

Under the Mobility section, we liked the following ideas:

-Plan and establish a comprehensive, safe, and accessible network of pedestrian and bicycle facilities that is incorporated into existing and proposed facilities, and links residential areas; commercial business districts; educational, cultural and recreational facilities; and community services.

-Encourage and promote the use of the pedestrian/bicycle network.

-Improve the life of residents of Lake Placid and North Elba by supporting enhanced countywide public transportation.

Under the Environment and Natural Resources section, we liked the following goal:

-Strike and maintain an optimal balance between protecting and preserving the natural environment, to include ground, water and air, and improving economic vitality and quality of life in the community.

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