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F&ES 835 01 (13689)  
Seminar on Land Use Planning
John Nolon
T 4.00-5.00 KRN 319
Fall 2012 
 
1 credit. 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 nonresidential development are accommodated and how natural resources and environmental functions are protected from the adverse impacts of land development. This course explores 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 learn from guest speakers and related readings. Speakers include professionals involved in sustainable development, land conservation, smart growth, and climate change adaptive planning. Each session focuses 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.