Navigating Planning and Zoning

This resource was created to help prospective or practicing urban farmers navigate local planning and zoning. It defines common planning terms, outlines planning processes, explains zoning regulations, and recommends questions to raise with planning staff. If your municipality does not have a planning department, contact the city administrator or manager instead. The general information provided is applicable to urban farmers in any municipality in the region, but direct links to planning departments and zoning ordinances are provided for Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri.

Questions can be directed to Andrea at This resource was developed based on research findings and policy recommendations in the 2021 report published by the Zoning and Planning for Urban Agriculture Task Force, an initiative of the Greater KC Food Policy Coalition. Learn More

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