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Natural Systems


Develop model ordinances for land preservation

Contact the Flint Hills Regional Council to learn how to get started on developing model ordinances for land preservation.

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Tool Information


  1. Conservation
  2. Water
  3. Air Quality


Local land use ordinances can have a big impact on conserving the tall grass prairie. Flint Hills model ordinances could be developed based on regionally sensitive best practices to maintain and enhance our natural areas. Examples include wetlands and riparian corridor setbacks, Transfer and Purchase of Development Rights programs, Scenic Corridor standards, or future land use and zoning ordinances. These ordinances would be adopted into the local city or county ordinances in order to control development and conserve the tall grass prairie.


This tool is designed to help further protect and preserve the scenic beauty, air quality, water quality, soil health, and other natural functions which are necessary for healthy communities and quality of life, and which can be jeopardized by the quality, quantity and density of development, when development is not conducted with these values in mind.

Implementation Strategy

Champions and Partners

Municipal and County Governments

State Government

K-State Extension

Flint Hills Regional Council


Short (1-3 years)



Implementation Details

A brief outline of the first few steps necessary for implementation are provided. The steps outlined here are provided only as a suggested starting point and other approaches are certainly valid.

  1. Gather model ordinance language
  2. Convene group of city\county planners to discuss and chart out next steps (modification, adoption, et. al.)

Case Study

Florida-Friendly Guidance Models

A joint Florida-Friendly Landscape document from FL Department of Environmental Protection and the University of Florida was released in January 2009, with two ordinance models for nonpoint sources of pollution from landscapes: one comprehensive and includes water conservation and other issues; one which only addresses fertilizer application.  Both are reflective of findings of the 2007 Consumer Fertilizer Task Force. In addition, model Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions, prepared by the UF College of Law for the Florida Friendly Landscape program, are included to provide guidance for private developers, homeowners associations, and others.


The document provides actual text which could be modified as useful by local Flint Hills government and adopted as local ordinances.