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This concentration will prepare you for making and administering plans and policies at all levels including neighborhood, city, watershed and region.
Land use and environmental planning emphasizes:
- Regulation of land uses and development processes
- Organization of transportation infrastructure and other major public investments
- Management of urban ecology, environmental quality and natural resources
In this concentration, you’ll be trained in the various skills of analysis, advocacy and negotiation. You are encouraged to refine, argue for and pursue your own visions of healthy, efficient or sustainable places.
This concentration prepares you to guide development processes and ensure that land and facilities meet current and future needs of urban populations. Graduates typically take jobs in local, state and federal government, non-profit organizations, consulting firms, and the development industry.
For more information on the LUEP Concentration, contact Dr. Jennifer Steffel Johnson at 303.315.0061 or via email.
Land Use and Environmental Planning Curriculum
The land use and environmental curriculum focuses on:
- practices and innovations in land use regulation and public investment;
- analytical methods including transportation modeling, land market evaluation, environmental impact analysis and use of decision support systems;
- administration of policies and plans;
- management of collaborative processes across diverse interest groups; and
- planning politics and governance.
Foundation Courses (9 Credits):
In the foundation part of the concentration, you will select one eligible course from each of the three topical areas listed below.
Social and Economic Process
URP 6640-Community Development Process
URP 6670-Urban Economic Development
URP 6665-Urban Market Analysis
||URP 6686-Sustainable Land Use Planning*|
URP 6653-Natural Resource Planning & Management
|Policy, Management & Implementation
||URP 6650-Environmental Planning II: Policy & Law|
URP 6656-Regional Land Use Analysis & Planning
URP 6652-Growth Management
* Note: Sustainable Land Use Planning is a 6-credit studio satisfying the requirement for Studio II within the MURP Core. If this course is taken to satisfy our core requirement, then you will be able to take one more 3-credit elective offering within this Concentration.
You must demonstrate competence in GIS to complete the concentration. Any graduate GIS course in the College of Architecture and Planning, College of Engineering and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will satisfy the GIS requirement. Previous classes and work experience may also satisfy the GIS requirement upon approval of the Concentration Coordinator.
Specialization Within the Concentration (6 Credits)
If you elect the Land Use and Environment Concentration, you may choose from four specializations:
- Local Land Planning
- Regional Land Use Planning
- Transportation Planning
- Environmental Planning
In consultation with the concentration coordinator, select a minimum of two courses from one of the areas listed below. You may also construct your own specializations in consultation with the concentration coordinator.
Note that the following sets of courses are suggestive and not necessarily exhaustive. Over time course titles change and new courses are often to be found both within and outside our College.
Local Land Planning
||Community Development Process
||Real Estate Development
||Real Estate Development Finance
||Urban Market Analysis
||Fiscal Impact Analysis
||Special Topics: Tourism and Resort Planning
|P AD 5060
|P AD 5625
||Local Government Management
Regional Land Use Planning
||Regional Land Use Analysis and Planning
|P AD 5250
|P AD 5340
||Transportation Planning I
||Transportation Planning II
||Natural Resources Planning and Management
||Environmental Planning I: Ecology for Planners
||Seminar: Environmental Land Use Planning
||Environmental Planning II: Policy and Law
||Special Topics: Air Quality Planning and Management
|P AD 5535
||Environmental Health Policy, Regulation and Law
|P AD 5636
||Seminar: Policy, Regulation and Law
||Environmental Impact Assessment
||Advanced GIS Course work
||Solid and Hazardous Waste Facilities
||Human Health and Environmental Pollution
||Visual Quality Analysis
||Landscape Assessment and Planning
In this concentration, you will be trained in the various skills of analysis, advocacy and negotiation. You will acquire an understanding of multiple disciplinary and professional perspectives including land development, environmental sciences, infrastructure systems, policy management and regulatory design. You will learn how to formulate and present plans and policies in a professional manner, and will have the opportunity to explore planning approaches and solutions in real world settings. The land use and environment concentration emphasizes skills and knowledge in the following areas:
What Land Use and Environmental Planners Do
Land use and environmental planners:
- communicate with affected stakeholders to define visions and goals, mediate conflicts, and advise decision makers on possible consequences of proposed policies and projects
- work to balance competing demands on the land and the environment in the context of fiscal and legal requirements
- establish the policy and regulatory context for design and development and assess normative benchmarks for the content and pattern of growth
- act as day-to-day managers of development and public investment processes, and gauge their physical, social, environmental, economic and fiscal impacts
- guide development processes and ensure that land and facilities meet current and future needs of urban populations
- employ a diverse set of regulatory and investment tools
- Some planners focus on growth management practices to guide metropolitan expansion at a regional scale; others emphasize local land use controls such as zoning and subdivision review.
- refashion zoning ordinances and investment mechanisms to support infill and transit-oriented corridor development.
- influence underlying patterns of urban change, particularly in places of rapid population growth
- evaluate ecosystem consequences of projects such as water supply systems
- design or implement resource management plans
- organize local ecological restoration efforts
- manage local government open space plans
- mediate disputes and facilitate collaborative planning processes
For further information students may also wish to consult these references:
Edward J. Kaiser, David R. Godschalk, F. Stuart, Jr. Chapin. 2006. Urban Land Use Planning (5th Edition). University of Illinois Press. Urbana, Ill.
John Randolph. 2004. Environmental Land Use Planning. Island Press. Washington, D.C.
R. Cervero, R. Dunphy, F. Dock, M. McAvey, D. Porter, and C. Swenson. 2004. Developing Around Transit: Strategies and Solutions That Work. Urban Land Institute. Washington, D.C.:
Mike Jenks and Nicola Dempsey (eds.). 2005. Future Forms and Design For Sustainable Cities. Architectural Press.