Description: Students learn how to design effective subdivision layouts by examining the different processes. The processes include taking raw land through site analysis to land use and preliminary design, from density considerations and circulation patterns to special layouts, and from the preliminary investigation to the approval process.
Environmental Review of Subdivision Applications
Description: Fosters an understanding of the meaning of environment, and the critical importance of the environment to humanity. At the provincial scale students learn, about the environmental provisions of Alberta's Municipal Government Act and its Subdivision and Development Regulations. These provisions form the basis of the environmental review of subdivision and development by planners and development officers. Students also learn about various pertinent environmental information resources including the Environmental Reference Manual for the Review of Subdivisions in Alberta, and the DRAFT Environmental Guidelines for the Review of Subdivisions in Alberta. Many helpful websites and provincial government environmental contacts are provided. Expert guest instructors give presentations on a variety of specific environmental topics, including development adjacent to steep valley slopes, river flooding and erosion, site contamination, groundwater, and identification and protection of aggregate resources. Each presentation involves both an overview of the environmental topic and case studies.
Introduction to Municipal Economic Development
Description: Students will examine the municipal economic development process through an analysis of the objectives, key players, and program options. The objective will be to have an understanding of the relationship between community and economic development and to be able to recognize the key issues, while looking at various alternatives and current trends.
Special Topics in Contemporary Planning Issues
Description: Due to the nature of the issues, the topic of this course will change annually and will reflect themes discussed throughout the field of planning and the environment. Contemporary and current planning/ environmental planning issues, either municipal or regional, will be covered.
Description: Provides an introduction to municipal planning, with a particular emphasis on concepts and competencies used by planners involved in land use and development. The Alberta Land Use Framework (2008) will be examined, and relevant planning issues will be discussed. While examples are based on the Alberta context, the theory can be applied to a broad range of situations and environments. Ethics and values will be explored in relation to planning that will have a significant impact on society.
Description: Building on core material covered in Municipal Planning I, students will learn about contemporary topics in planning through a combination of online modules, readings, and activities. A range of issues key to the modern urban planning context will be explored, including topics of new urbanism, challenging urban sprawl with smart growth concepts, analytical methods, basic urban design principles, business revitalization zones, and transportation planning. Students will have an opportunity to put theory into practice through assignments and activities that make use of case studies and real-world development scenarios. Prerequisite: EXLUP 8215
Description: Examines planning law with specific consideration of Alberta legislation and case law; particularly, land use bylaws, planning documents, and the roles of planning and development authorities. Legal aspects of the preparation of land use planning documents, issues of inter-municipal planning, subdivision and condominium approvals, effective and enforceable development agreements, environmental considerations in land use and planning, enforcement of land use bylaws, and development permits will also be explored. Valuable insights will be learned about subdivision and development appeals, and in making presentations before Councils and other planning and development authorities.
Description: Addresses common issues affecting individuals who transition into, or considering, roles which involve administering and coordinating municipal land use planning activities. It is intended to provide students with a practical understanding of planning administration function and its municipal context, how planning administration differs from land use planning, and the knowledge and skills needed to be effective in the planning administration role.
Description: While many in the city-building professions often focus on the physical form of urban areas, the built environment can be seen as a physical manifestation of a variety of interconnected systems. A range of systems that influence how cities develop, including the natural, political, economic and social systems will be discussed. Over time, these systems have had varying levels of influence on the built form of the city. These interconnections and ebbs and flows of influence will be investigated using a combination of theory, history and case study analysis. A walking site tour in Edmonton will be included to analyze how these interrelated systems have influenced, and were influenced by the physical form of that urban area. Participants will walk away with a more comprehensive understanding of city development and a new understanding of the interconnections of systems in Canadian cities today.
Description: Develop an appreciation for regional plans built upon common interest and enduring political relationships. Examine the history, why regional planning has been introduced, the process for developing and implementing regional planning, theories and practices, and how it is defined in various contexts within North America. Other topics include varying structures and challenges that these approaches have between jurisdictional boundaries. Focus will be on Alberta and Canada through different legislation such as the Alberta Land Use Framework and Bill 36 The Alberta Land Stewardship.
Description: Examine the challenges and opportunities of rural land use planning in Canada with specific emphasis on rural Alberta. Student will explore and gain an understanding of the importance of healthy and vibrant rural communities in a local, regional and global context with respect to: the economy, environment, social and cultural capital; how planning policy, politics and participation approaches may differ in a rural context compared to an urban counterpart; and how regional and global policy frameworks will affect rural land use planning in the future.