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Local governments play a significant role in establishing local policy initiatives to ensure that community members have access to healthy local food and a viable transportation and recreation system that supports walking and bicycling. This collection of fact sheets highlights the different types of policies local governments use to increase access to local healthy foods, support the growth of local economies, and encourage walking, bicycling, and other forms of physical activity in Kansas.

 

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Hunger Relief in Local Planning (2018)​

Local planning efforts can have a significant impact on the ability of residents facing hunger and food insecurity to access affordable, healthy food. Local planning efforts can also affect food access by addressing connections between land use, natural resources, transportation, housing, solid waste, parks and open space, economic development, and other areas of physical development in a community.

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Season Extension Activities in Kansas: Legal Issues and Local Policy Options (2017); Webinar

Season extension activities can help those growing local produce overcome challenges and extend the growing season. Season extension activities range from common agricultural practices, such as selecting cold-weather hearty plants, to sophisticated growing techniques that require infrastructure, like hydroponic growing methods within permanent greenhouses. This resource and webinar identify regulatory and other legal issues and discuss local policy options to support season extension in Kansas. This publication was made possible with funding from KC Healthy Kids.

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Kansas Planning Guide: Incorporating Health into Local Community Planning (2017)

Local planning efforts are an important tool to improve chronic health issues from a lack of physical activity and access to healthy food, in addition to improving health inequities experienced by different populations. Community health advocates and planners can use this resource to explore how local community planning efforts to support the health and well-being of Kansans by incorporating public health goals into traditional planning elements.

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Kansas Open Meetings Act (2017)

Food and active transportation councils can be used to improve the food and active transportation systems in communities. In Kansas, some of these councils are subject to the Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA) that requires council meetings to be open and accessible to the public. This resource discusses KOMA requirements and how it applies to food and active transportation councils in Kansas.

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Kansas' Government Control of Local Food Policies Law (2016); Kansas Food Policy Webinar

This fact sheet and webinar outlines the key components of the Kansas “Government Control” law passed in 2016 that granted state government control over regulation and oversight of food service operations, retail food establishments, and other matters concerning local food and agricultural practices. This resource explains the law and its potential implications for local and statewide efforts to increase access to healthy foods in Kansas.

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The Legal Basis for a Land Bank in Kansas (2015)

Local governments across Kansas are interested in ways to manage vacant and derelict land, perhaps even converting that land into sites dedicated as community gardens or open space. In 1996 and 2009, the Kansas Legislature addressed this by authorizing cities to create land banks via ordinance and authorizing counties to create land banks via resolution. This resource discusses the legal requirements set forth by state law and provides sample language to help cities and counties draft an ordinance or resolution establishing a land bank.

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Policy Options for Local Governments in Kansas: Increasing Access to Healthy Food (2015)

Local governments play a pivotal role in ensuring that community members have access to healthy food through local policies. For example, local governments can change zoning and taxing laws to make it easier to create new grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and community gardens. This resource describes the different types of policies that local governments can use to increase access to healthy food within their communities.

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Policy Options for Local Governments in Kansas: Increasing Walking and Bicycling (2015)

Local governments play a pivotal role in ensuring that communities have a viable transportation and recreation system that supports walking and bicycling through local policy initiatives. Under Kansas law, local governments have the authority to implement a variety of policy levers to increase opportunities for bicycling and walking and to improve health within their communities. This resource describes different types of policies that local governments can use to increase bicycling and walking within their communities.

Biking and walking

Bicycling and Walking Resources

Kansas communities are taking action to promote health, prosperity, and economic vitality by increasing physical activity through bicycling and walking. These resources provide an overview of laws and policies impacting bicycling and walking to support these efforts.

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Farmers' Market Resources

Interest in farmers' markets is growing across Kansas, with the number of these markets increasing more than four-fold in the past two decades. The growth of farmers' markets is closely tied to community efforts to support local producers (sources of fresh, local, and healthy foods) and grow local economies.

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Webinar: Food and Farm Councils: Mobilizing Communities to Support Healthy Local Foods (2016)

Food and Farm Councils have quickly become a trend in Kansas. They are being established in communities all over the state with efforts led by diverse health, agriculture, and economic development partners. This webinar will discuss what Food and Farm Councils are, and what steps communities have taken to establish these councils. Additionally, we will cover what Public Health Law Center tools are available, and how to use the tools to support new or future food policy work in your community.

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