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The Douglas County Food Policy Council, established by the County Commission in 2010, seeks to identify the benefits, challenges, and opportunities for a successful, sustainable local food system in Douglas County.

The Douglas County Food Policy Council meets every third Monday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at various locations throughout our Douglas County food system. All meetings are open to the public. 

Food System Plan draft released, January 23, 2017! 

This draft community plan provides strategic recommendations to help guide the development of the local food system and enhance agricultural uses and rural character in Douglas County. As part of its process to update the community’s comprehensive plan, the Horizon 2020 Steering Committee asked the Douglas County Food Policy Council (DCFPC) and its staff to develop a set of goals, objectives, and policies to “ensure the master plan is fitting the true needs of the community.” This plan has been created in response to that request. It is intended to set a framework for the next 10 years to guide community actions and policy changes.

This draft has been publicly released to seek input from the community and food system stakeholders during February 2017. The DCFPC and staff will then oversee edits to develop a revised version. This revised version is indented to be brought to the City of Lawrence and Douglas County Commissions for formal adoption. Upon the completion of the revised comprehensive plan for Lawrence and Douglas County, the final plan will be incorporated by reference.

Written public comments about this draft will be accepted until February 21, 2017. Send feedback to hschnoes@douglas-county.com.

In-person public comments can be shared at the Monday, February 27, 2017 Food Policy Council meeting.

Douglas County Farmers' Market sector reports just released! Available for review in Reports & Resources