Promote universal design and multi-generational use of housing and public spaces.
Universal design is a cost-effective way for citizens of all ages and abilities to safely remain in their homes and be active in their community through all stages of life. Incorporating universal design in homes and public spaces promotes social resiliency and serves all community members.
Expansion of in-home aging services offered through the County Health Department and Department of Aging Services could support this practice. Development of multi-generational spaces to maximize public use of community facilities and facilitate positive multi-generational social interactions should be encouraged. Technical assistance will be provided by the Planning Commission, focused on encouraging municipalities to incorporate universal design and aging in place considerations into zoning and subdivision regulations as well as in public spaces such as sidewalks, parks, transportation centers, and community facilities. Further resources could be provided on county and partner websites, and through direct contact with municipalities.