Reducing local regulatory barriers to local foods Phase 2: Local foods and county zoning project [P2015-05]

Project Description: 

The investigator will develop a guidebook for county officials in Iowa covering county zoning and land use regulations as they relate to agritourism, on-site processing and sales, event marketing and other activities that may be associated with local market farms. The guidebook will review legal issues associated with the agricultural exemption and its implications for county zoning codes and practices. The guidebook will be published as an ISU Extension publication, introduced at a webinar and distributed to members of the Iowa County Zoning Officials organization. 

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Gary Taylor
Lead Investigator Bio: 

Taylor is an associate professor and extension specialist in the Department of Community and Regional Planning at Iowa State University. He also holds a faculty affiliation with the ISU Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture. He publishes, conducts workshops and provides technical assistance to citizens and government officials on a variety of topics related to land use and local government law and policy. He holds a law degree from the University of Nebraska and a master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University.