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Land Use and Law

  Land use and law are central themes in city planning and urban affairs.  From the study of zoning to real estate development, this field has numerous practical applications for students and practitioners in all areas of planning.

Land is a scarce resource that is vital for sustaining society and its economy. The primary and classic tool utilized by city planners in shaping the built environment and guiding urban development is zoning, or the regulation of land uses. While zoning is theoretically intended to separate non-compatible land uses to promote public safety and health, it can also generate a host of outcomes that range from stimulating faltering local economies to perpetuating socio-economic and racial segregation. At Metropolitan College, Master of City Planning (MCP) and Master of Urban Affairs (MUA) students are exposed to the theoretical and practical aspects of land use controls and the legal frameworks that underpin the regulation of land. An urban affairs and city planning education that is grounded in a sound discussion of the relevance of land uses and their regulation provides students with the analytical and practical tools to understand and influence the major debates and policies of our time—sustainable development, affordable housing, economic development, and poverty, to name a few.

Current course offerings that address land use and law include: