Selected Topics in Urban Affairs

MET UA 510

UA510 is the designation for "Special Topics in Planning". The subject matter for UA510 courses changes from semester to semester, and more than one UA510 can be offered in a given semester.

Topic for Fall 2015: Urban Land-Use Policy and Planning
Urban Land-Use Policy and Planning is intended to give the student a firm understanding of the local, regional and federal policies which affect how land is used and what elements are necessary to prepare a sound land-use plan. In doing so, the course will chronicle the history of Land-Use Planning and Regulations in the United States beginning in the latter part of the 19th Century when various levels of government and their citizens became concerned with the impacts of unplanned and unregulated growth. In response, initiatives establishing Land-Use Plans, Zoning Ordinances and Subdivision Regulations were established which rationalized growth with both positive and negative consequences.
An integral aspect of this course is an investigation of how the process of "Plan Making " has changed over the last 50 years as increased technology and communication has broadened the process revealing an ever increasing complexity which requires a participatory and inclusive planning process. In looking at the various levels of State, Regional, Municipal and Area Plans the course will cover the basic elements and how they influence the planning process including, demographics, economics, environment and transportation. The course will also include discussions about contemporary issues including Global Warming, Alternative Energy, the Property Rights movement and Urbanization in Emerging countries. The primary text will be Urban Land-Use Planning by Berke, Godschalk et. al., supplemented by readings and videos from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and other selected articles.

FALL 2015 Schedule

Section Instructor Location Schedule Notes
B1 Weis EPC 206 T 6:00 pm-9:00 pm Special Topics:
"Urban Landuse
Policy and

SPRG 2016 Schedule

Section Instructor Location Schedule Notes
A1 O'Connell CAS 323A M 6:00 pm-9:00 pm Special Topic:
History of
Mts w/MET UA510

Note: this course was also offered during Summer Term

Note that this information may change at any time. Please visit the Student Link for the most up-to-date course information.