The Effective Use of Health Impact Assessment (HIA) in Land-Use Decision Making

10 Pages Posted: 3 Oct 2011 Last revised: 31 Jan 2014

Patricia Salkin

Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center

Pamela Ko

The Sage Colleges

Date Written: October 1, 2011

Abstract

Health impact assessments (HIAs) outside of the United States have long been used to hone in on the public health impacts of certain government decision making. While health impacts have been considered to a lesser degree through environmental impact review (EIR) in the United States, recent findings suggest that HIAs can be very helpful in analyzing proposed development and redevelopment projects. This article briefly reviews the history of the HIA movement, examines the differences between HIA and EIR, and provides those involved with the land use planning and regulation examples of how to best integrate HIAs into the land use decision making process.

Keywords: health impact assessment, HIA, environmental impact review, public health, zoning, land use

JEL Classification: K11, I18, K32

Suggested Citation

Salkin, Patricia and Ko, Pamela, The Effective Use of Health Impact Assessment (HIA) in Land-Use Decision Making (October 1, 2011). Zoning Practice, October 2011; Albany Law School Research Paper No. 33 of 2011-2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1937412

Patricia E. Salkin (Contact Author)

Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center ( email )

225 Eastview Drive
Central Islip, NY 11722
United States

Pamela Ko

The Sage Colleges ( email )

140 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
United States

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