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Environmental and Land Use Regulation

Research by Topic: Environmental Law
National Agricultural Law Center
This website provides links to major environmental statutes, regulations, case law and reports impacting or related to agriculture, among other resources.


Land Use/Zoning
Public Health Law Center at William Mitchell College of Law
This website provides links to policy guides and other resources to help advocates incorporate public health goals into local planning efforts. 


UrbanAgLaw Topics: Planning & Zoning
Sustainable Economies Law Center
This website provides “both general and city-specific information on zoning codes, urban agriculture policies, key terminology, and useful resources.”


Creating Healthier Food Environments
ChangeLab Solutions, Healthy Planning Program
This website provides information to help communities build access to healthy, affordable, fresh food.  The resources available include “toolkits, fact sheets, and reports on establishing community gardens and farmers’ markets, promoting healthy mobile vending, improving corner store offerings, attracting grocery retail, and more!”


Toolkit: General Plans & Zoning
ChangeLab Solutions, Healthy Planning Program
This resource provides a toolkit for “nutrition and other public health advocates who are seeking a fundamental, introductory understanding of how land use decisions are made and how advocates can effectively participate in those decisions.” 


Toolkit: How to Create & Implement Healthy General Plans
ChangeLab Solutions, Healthy Planning Program
This resource describes ways in which public health advocates can partner with city planners to create healthier communities.  It includes model language for addressing public health goals in city and county general plans.


Model Healthy Food Zone Ordinance
ChangeLab Solutions, National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity
This resource outlines one strategy for reducing the number of fast food restaurants and mobile food vendors located near schools.  A Model Ordinance and a related report are both available for download.


Model Licensing Ordinance for Healthy Food Retailers
ChangeLab Solutions, National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity
This Model Licensing Ordinance for Healthy Food Retailers and accompanying guide outline one strategy for encouraging food retailers to stock healthier products.