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    Land Use & Environmental Planning

    The goals of land use and environmental planners include the management of the built and natural environments and sustainable development.

    The specialization in Land Use and Environmental Planning (LUEP) focuses on the conceptual and technical skills by which planners work with stakeholders to manage, conserve and restore natural systems, while ensuring sustainable urban development.  Issues include water resource degradation, land use planning, development impacts, energy use, natural hazards threats, climate change, and environmental justice.

    The LUEP specialization seeks talented students with a strong desire for seeking solutions to land use and environmental problems.  Planners lead teams that engage stakeholders, define visions, create scenarios, measure impacts, mediate conflicts, and advise decision makers.  LUEP includes faculty and students who share a commitment to developing a strong understanding of sustainability science, decision-support technologies, and diverse public values through an integrated, system-oriented planning framework.

    LUEP draws on the expertise of distinguished and diverse faculty at DCRP, and the vast resources of DCRP and UNC, to train aspiring planning professionals to work for local, regional and state planning agencies, and private and nonprofit sectors. Faculty research and teaching address a range of challenging societal issues including community resilience, hazard mitigation and disaster recovery, watershed and ecosystem protection, environmental justice, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and energy and environmental policy and modeling.  LUEP faculty members have been directly engaged in land use and environmental planning in local, state, and national scales, and in many countries throughout the world.

    Students work with faculty on research and planning projects, and benefit from the array of courses and extraordinary resources available at UNC and other Triangle-area universities (at no cost), including Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment and NC State University’s Landscape Architecture program.  Many take active roles in environmental and sustainability initiatives within the department, across the UNC campus, and the local community and region.  Students gain a deep understanding of how to balance competing demands on the land and environment brought about by growth and change.

    Career opportunities

    Our students go on to fulfilling careers throughout the country and around the world, accepting positions in government planning departments, transportation and environmental agencies, private consulting firms, non-governmental organizations, and private-sector development organizations. For example, recent LUEP graduates hold positions at the Triangle J Council of Governments, Seattle's Office of Management and Planning, Georgetown University, Calthorpe Associates, the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Earlier graduates hold more senior positions, and include the current Director of Environmental Planning for the Atlanta Regional Commission, the President of Frederick Clark Associates, (Consultants in Rye, New York), the Planning Director of the Piedmont Triad Council of Governments in Greensboro, North Carolina, a Partner in Burke, Weaver & Prell (land use attorneys in Boca Raton, Florida), and  the Executive Director of The RINCON Institute (a non-profit organization based in Tucson, Arizona), to name only a few.

    Course of study

    PLAN 740 - Land Use & Environmental Policy
    PLAN 741 - Land Use & Environmental Planning
    PLAN 744 - Development & Environmental Management
    PLAN 722 - Systems Thinking and Modeling for Planning (1.5 credits, second half of PLAN 721)

    Select two of the following courses:
    PLAN 745
    - Development Impact Assessment
    PLAN 641 - Ecology & Land Use Planning
    PLAN 699 - Energy, Transportation, and Land Use

    We recommend one of the following law courses:
    PLAN 724
    - Law for Planners
    LAW 290 - Land Use Controls

    PLAN 752
    - Site Design
    PLAN 730 - Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting and Reporting
    PLAN 785 - Public Investment Theory
    PLAN 591 - Geographic Information Systems
    PLAN 590 - Planning for Natural Hazards, Disasters, and Climate Change Adaptation
    PLAN 725 - Development Dispute Resolution
    PLAN 685 - Water & Sanitation Planing and Policy in Developing Countries

    Electives outside Land Use Specialization:
    PLAN 785/ENVR 785 - Public Investment Theory and Techniques
    PLAN 685/ENVR 685 - Water Policy in Lesser Developed Countries
    PLAN 799 - International Conflict Management
    PLAN 590 - Planning for Natural Hazards and Climate Change Adaptation
    PLAN 636 - Urban Transportation Planning
    PLAN 637 - Public Transportation
    PLAN 651 - Urban Form and the Design of Cities
    PLAN 771 - Development Planning Techniques
    PLAN 776 - Development Finance

    UNC Business:
    BUSI 581 - Financing Mega-Projects
    MBA 855 - Innovations in Green Building
    MBA 822 - Negotiations
    MBA 850A - New Urbanism, Smart Growth and Sustainable Community Development

    UNC Environmental Studies/Sciences:
    ENVR 783 - Setting Environmental Priorities
    ENVR 765 - Exposure Mapping and Risk Assessment
    ENVR/Public Administration/Environmental Finance Center [Number changes every year] - Applied Water Finance
    ENVR 783 - Setting Environmental Priorities

    UNC Public Administration:
    PUBA 768 - Mediation
    PUBA 769 - Facilitation Skills

    UNC Law:
    LAW 241 - Environmental Law
    LAW 455 - Environmental Markets

    Duke Courses:
    LAW320 - Water Resources Law
    ENV532 - Evaluation of Public Expenditures
    ENV556 - Environmental Conflict Resolution  
    ENV638 - Environmental Life Cycle Assessment  
    ENV832 - Environmental Decision Analysis  
    ENV850 - Program Evaluation of Environmental Policies   
    EOS511 - The Climate System  
    EOS512 - Climate Change and Climate Modeling   
    ENV734L - Watershed Hydrology  
    ENV822A - Coastal Watershed Science and Policy  
    ENV621 - Water Resources Planning and Management  
    ENV536 - Water Quality Management

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