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Healthy Urban Food Systems: Planning Retail Facilities
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Healthy Urban Food Systems: Planning Retail Facilities

Healthy Urban Food Systems: Planning Retail Facilities

56 min

This course is approved for .5 AICP CM credit

Urban planners and community members play critical roles in not only identifying and implementing strategies to increase healthy food access, but also in leading a wide variety of efforts to support food systems in communities. This course introduces how to integrate information from legal and public health perspectives to help create healthy food systems. Discussion of retail entities such as farmers markets, grocery stores, and mobile vending provides a thorough understanding of healthy food system planning strategies.


In This Course

  1. This chapter provides a brief overview of the course and describes the relevance of healthy food systems to current planning practice.
  2. Defining and Describing Food Systems
    This chapter defines and decribes urban food systems, focusing on community retail facilities. The chapter also addresses some of the reasons behind the increased interest in the field and some of the challenges in planning for a new era of urban food systems.
  3. Background and Context: Law
    "The Law" provides a framework for identifying feasible options for food systems. This section outlines a brief selection of general legal issues, such as pre-emption and equal protection, that affect feasibility when designing food systems interventions.
  4. Background and Context: Public Health
    This chapter describes some of the major public health issues to consider when planning for urban food retail, including the importance of collaboration in building support for planning, promotion, and regulation of the sale of food.
  5. Grocery Stores, Corner Stores, and Restaurants
    The core of food systems retail activity occurs in grocery stores, corner stores, and restaurants. This chapter describes examples of planning interventions for each of these retail types, including reference to statutes, policy, and practice.
  6. Every community seems to want one, so how can planners help sustain farmers' markets? This chapter details zoning code examples and accessory strategies that can be beneficial to community farmers' markets.
  7. Healthy Food Outside: Mobile Vending
    This chapter outlines the basics of planning for mobile vending and provides examples of issues that often arise with this type of retail facility. Strategies for addressing these issues include determining the scope of foods to be sold and the incentives offered for mobile vending businesses.

Published 2014