A complete community includes:
- a variety of housing types and densities
- commercial sites
- healthy food sources
- services (medical, social, etc.)
- educational opportunities (schools, etc.)
- employment options
- transportation options
- high quality public spaces (recreation, cultural, etc)
Complete communities are supported through a process called placemaking.
What is Placemaking?
Placemaking is an urban design process aimed at creating communities that offer a distinct character, a strong sense of community, an environment for healthy lifestyles and a high quality of life.3 4 When community stakeholders work together to identify and shape their neighbourhood, it fosters a sense of place and belonging that can not only strengthen social interaction but create strong, sustainable communities.
Two particularly important features of creating a complete community include: