Researchers examined three key obstacles to making progress in local food systems from a planning and land use perspective that could be handled by applying community planning tactics.
How can we integrate local food systems into community (city and/or county) plans to foster the establishment and growth of vibrant local food systems?
This project identified the three most significant challenges facing the development and expansion of local food systems: (1) Defining and administering the agricultural exemption to county zoning found in Iowa Code 335.2, (2) Smart growth practices and their impacts on agriculture in and near city limits. and (3) Lack of recognition of local food systems as an economic development opportunity.
Gary Taylor, Tim Borich, Stephen Lauer
Community and Regional Planning,
Year of Grant Completion
Vandehaar, Alan L.; Taylor, Gary; Borich, Timothy O.; and Lauer, Stephen A., "Engaging community planners and local elected officials with local food systems producers to integrate local food systems into community plans and policies" (2011). Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports. 361.