City of Lansing Master Plan
The City of Lansing’s Master Plan cites the benefits of incorporating food systems priorities into the planning process as a part of the goal to encourage healthy lifestyles for residents. The plan recognizes the value of food business districts and recommends supporting mixed-use districts and centers to accommodate for this type of development. Additionally, the plan suggests that the city should amend policies and zoning regulations for community gardens, support efforts to implement garden sites in parks and community gardens on school and church sites, and work with the county land bank to develop policies for gardening on tax foreclosed properties.
Several U.S. cities are incorporating strategies into elements of their comprehensive plans to advance food system priorities (Neuner et al. 2011). Lansing’s Master Plan provides guidance for policymakers to promote urban agriculture, job training for youth, and planning strategies for food business districts and food hubs.
Priority 1 – Increase healthy food access & consumption, Priority 6 – Use policy & planning to increase food access, Priority 9 – Expand youth development opportunities
Neuner, K., Kelly, S., & Raja, S. (2011). Planning to Eat? Innovative Local Government Plans and Policies to Build Healthy Food Systems in the United States. Buffalo, New York: The Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab. Retrieved on August 3, 2015 from LINK.