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November 26, 2014
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cdcCDC Releases Parks and Trails HIA Toolkit
New toolkit will advance collaborative health planning

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has developed a parks and trails toolkit that will help communities create parks and trails with expanded health benefits. According to the 2014 CDC State Indicator Report on Physical Activity, less than 30 percent of youth (grades 9-12) in the U.S. are getting the recommended 60 minutes of exercise each day. Moreover, more than 25 percent of adults report getting no leisure-time physical activity at all. Increasing access to parks can help kids and adults increase their activity levels and live longer, healthier lives.

Improving parks and trails is essential when addressing physical inactivity, injuries, mental health and exposure to pollution. This new Parks and Trails Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Toolkit was designed to help community planners work with health departments, project managers, community groups and other stakeholders to create healthier environments.

To learn more about the CDC's new Parks and Trails HIA Toolkit, click here or contact Dan Eder with the Kane County Health Department.

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Emerging Trends in Real Estate
ULI and PWC's Annual Report Was Released on October 22nd

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) surveyed or interviewed over 1,400 industry experts to gain an understanding of the emerging trends in real estate. The top ten trends can be viewed in chapter one of the Emerging Trends in Real Estate Report. According to the report, and considering Kane County's context, below are a few of the major trends that will affect the planning landscape of the future.

Demographic Shifts Are Impacting the Housing Market

Together the Baby Boomers and the Millennials--160 million people in the two cohorts--are transforming the real estate market. Millennials, who hold $1 trillion in student loan debt, are renting more, starting families later and enjoying less income mobility. Baby Boomers are trending away from traditional golf-course style retirements, they are working later into life and they are choosing to age in place or near their children. These demographic shifts are influencing housing markets and are triggering changes in our urban environments.

Technology Continues to Affect Real Estate

Technology is driving changes in space use, site strategy and demand levels at an accelerated pace.  Increasingly, retailers are looking to the internet both as a source of competition and as a way to bring consumers into their stores. Further, the internet is spurring the rise of the sharing economy. This is most evident in the hotel and taxi industries, but it is also gaining traction with more and more people sharing office space. The sharing of office space, or "Co-working" has been increasing in popularity as a growing number of people are self-employed or are able to work off-site. Industry experts have been observing the impact of technology on all sectors, and this is making it difficult to know how much space will be needed for office, warehouse and retail. However, demand forecasts are explored in-depth in the report.  

Crumbling U.S Infrastructure Will Increase its Effect on Real Estate

Real estate experts are well aware that the foundation of our commerce--our infrastructure--is eroding around us. It's not just bridges, roads and the like. Since 2009, spending on educational buildings and health care facilities in both the public and private sectors is down by one-third. An industry expert stated, "Infill is the key to opportunity in strong markets, but it is a challenge when transportation and utility infrastructure is old and seriously underfunded."

To read more about the emerging trends in real estate,
Kane County Planning Cooperative
Brett Hanlon, Land Use Planner - (630) 232-3491 - or
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