Project ID

M2010-21

Abstract

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.

Key Question

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?

Findings

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.

Principal Investigator(s)

Alan Vandehaar

Co-Investigator(s)

Gary Taylor, Tim Borich, Stephen Lauer

Project Coordinator

Community and Regional Planning,

Year of Grant Completion

2011

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