Fall 2012: Tu, 4:00-5:00, Krn 319
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Land Use Planning Seminar
One credit: credit/fail
Professor: John R. Nolon, JD
Teaching assistant: Sarah Barbo
Land use plans and the techniques used to implement them determine where development occurs on the American landscape. Planners play a key role in determining how the needs of the nation’s growing population for housing and non-residential development are accommodated and how natural resources and environmental functions are protected from the adverse impacts of land development. This course will explore the multifaceted discipline of land use planning and its associated ecological implications, particularly related to climate change. Land use encompasses the interacting factors of land function, building design, and economic and community support. Strategic land use shrewdly identifies land purposes, incentivizes energy efficient and climate resilient structures, and harnesses community and market support for effective land use decision making. In doing so, land use planning possesses the capacity to maximize utility while minimizing environmental damage.
In this seminar, students will learn from guest speakers and related readings. Speakers will include professionals involved in sustainable development, land conservation, smart growth, and climate change adaptive planning. Each session will focus on a different issue that significantly influences land use decisions in an era of necessary sustainable development in the face of global climate change. Because of its interdisciplinary nature, this course provides students the opportunity to explore the ways in which complex planning projects must be managed and the manners by which policies are developed and implemented in order to create environmentally responsible, livable, healthy, dynamic, and equitable communities.
The seminar will be held on Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00pm and is a one credit class. Credit will be awarded based on attendance and submission of a 2-3 page summary and reflection paper on one of the presentations.
This course is part of the concentration in Land Use and Planning, a subset of four classes under the MEM Specialization in Sustainable Land Management. This subset is for those students interested in the interface of environmental issues with land use, planning, and development. The other three courses in this subset are:
F&ES 820b: Land Use Law and Environmental Planning
F&ES 817a: Land Use Planning at the Local and Regional Level
Land Use Strategies for Sustainable Sites (TBA)