This course provides a demanding graduate-level introduction to land use and environmental policy. The overarching goal is to develop a working knowledge of how policies and institutions influence land use and environmental outcomes. The course can stand alone as an introduction to land use and environmental policy. For students who wish to specialize in this subject, it also provides a means of identifying aspects of land use and environmental planning to be explored in greater depth in more specialized courses in planning and environmental management.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • To identify values of key stakeholders in the land use and environmental policy-making process;
  • To evaluate the quality of key components of local comprehensive plans and implementation programs which are aimed at guiding community land use and environmental decisions;
  • To apply an introductory field method that uses natural and built environment design principles to analyze the quality of community land use and development; and
  • To identify different types of intergovernmental frameworks and evaluate their effectiveness in implementing land use and environmental policies.