GGP345 Land Use Planning

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GGP 345 Land Use Planning


F1J 2008 PV


Auvil, H. Jason S.


Adjunct Faculty


B.S. - Geography
Masters - Regional & Community Planning

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Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours


Land Use In a Nut Shell by John R. Nolon Patricia E. Salkin

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Course Description:
GGP345 Land Use Planning:

An examination and application of the methods associated with land use planning, especially
in the small town and rural context. Emphasis is placed upon the tools and techniques associated with land use planning such as interpretive maps, soil surveys, remote sensors, and computers. A major focus will be the use of the land planning process in community planning. Also included is an introduction to state and local land use law in community development. 3:0:3

Land use planning is the term used for a branch of public policy which encompasses various disciplines which seek to order and regulate the use of land in an efficient and ethical way.

Land use planning encompasses many disciplines including, architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, urban planning, community planning, regional planning, and environmental planning. These fields usually address the selection of physical layout, scale of development, aesthetics, costs of alternatives and selection of building materials and impact upon landscape and species


Educational Philosophy:
Land use planning requires students to apply skills and techniques they have learned in other courses, including analytical and writing skills, collecting information, and the presentation of that information. No one is going to have strong background in all areas necessary for land use planning. The objective is not to turn a geographer into a biologist, or a biologist into a computer scientist, but provide enough background so different disciplines can communicate with each other.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Examine the cultural, historical and legal perspectives which control land use.
  2. Identify and analyze how places change and how humans can create quality controls in the environment with respect to cost and legal issues.
  3. Evaluate environmental and legal factors which are used in land planning and how they impact the regional and global community.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. To understand the historical, social, and legal factors affecting land use
  2. To understand the relationships between land use and the environment
  3. To understand the land planning process in community planning
  4. To understand techniques of land use analysis, such as geographic information systems, maps, overlays, matrices, Environmental Assessments, Environmental Impact Statements, checklists, etc.
Class Assessment:

This course requires students to read material from a variety of topics once the reading is assigned and before topics are discussed in class. It is expected that students have had a college level writing course. The expectation is for well written exam answers and report/reaction papers.


A variety of methods will be used to assess the learning that occurs in this course.  Students will be assessed on their performance on examinations, reports/reaction papers on selected topic/issue, quizzes, and class participation.

Examinations:  Two (2) exams, 100 points each = 200 points

Reports/Reaction Papers (4) 25 points each = 100 points

Quizzes: Four (4) 12.5 points each = 50 points

Site View & Tour: *Optional (Tentative Date To Be Announced) Bonus points = 20 points

Grading Distribution:

A = 90% - 100% (315 - 350 points)

B = 80% - 89% (280 - 314 points)

C = 70% - 79% (245 - 279 points)

D = 60% - 69% (210 - 244 points)

F = 59% and lower (0 - 209 points)

Reports/Reaction Papers: Students will choose four (4) different land use topics to write a three to five (3-5) page report/reaction paper based on the reading and lecture materials, research, and or news items of interest.
Report/reaction papers will include the following components: Introduction of the Topic/Issue, Methods or Alternatives Used, Results, Conclusion, Discussion (Opinion on Topic/Issue – Problems, Challenges, or Concerns) and References with citations from at least 3 different sources. The idea is to discuss the topic in a complete and professional manner with an emphasis on quality instead of quantity. Students are encouraged to include pictures, maps, graphics, charts, etc in their report/reaction papers. Two (2) reports/reaction papers are due by the end of week 4. Two (2) reports/reaction papers are due by the end of week 8.

Paper Format: Twelve (12) point font, double spaced, one (1) inch margins

The exams include questions from your text readings, lecture notes, and class discussions. Two (2) exams will be given, a midterm and a final. Make-up exams will be given only if the student is ill or a personal emergency occurs and the absence is reported to the instructor prior to the examination period and supported by proper written documentation.

Midterm Exam: The midterm exam is comprehensive through week 4. Types of questions include multiple choice, matching, fill-in-blank, short answer, and essay type questions. It is an open book/notes exam and is due at the end of week 4.

Final Exam: The final exam will be comprehensive through week 8.
Types of questions include multiple choice, matching, fill-in-blank, short answer, and essay type questions. The final proctored exam will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the
ParkUniversity sites around the country or at an alternative location.  Photo identification will be required at the time of the test.  Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website.

Quizzes: To test your understanding of the reading materials, there will be four (4) quizzes during the 8 weeks. 

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Normally work is due at the end of the week that it is assigned unless otherwise indicated. Work submitted after the deadline is subject to up to a 10% per day penalty. Work that is more than a week late may not be accepted. Late penalties may be waved for medical and work emergencies, at the discretion of the instructor. If you anticipate problems finishing any work on time, contact your instructor to make arrangements prior to due date.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

  1. Students will be required to read the course material before lectures, class discussions, and before beginning on the reports/reaction papers.
  2. This course will consist of lecture, class discussions, small group, and optional site field visit. The student is expected to participate in class discussions.
  3. Excused absences will be granted at the instructor's discretion. It is your responsibility to notify other instructors if you will be missing class. It is the student's responsibility to make up anything missed in class.
  4. There will be two exams, a midterm and final. Examinations will be from reading and lecture materials.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1: August 18

Chapter 1 Introduction and Common Law Origins

Chapter 2 Land Use Plans and the Planning Process

Week 2: August 25

Chapter 3 Zoning Districts and Separation of Land Uses

Chapter 4 Subdivision Control and Other Methods of CommunityBuilding

Week 3: September 1 (Labor Day)

Chapter 5 Fifth Amendment Limits on Land Use Regulations

Chapter 6 Other Constitutional and Statutory Limits on Land Use Regulation

Week 4: September 8

Chapter 7 Smart Growth and Other Flexible Land Use Strategies        

Two (2) reports/reaction papers by the end of the week

Midterm Exam

Week 5: September 15

Chapter 8 Housing and Urban Redevelopment                                                       

Week 6: September 22

Chapter 9 Local Environmental Law as a Land Use Issue                                                

Week 7: September 29

Chapter 10 Aesthetic, historic, and Cultural Interest Protection

Chapter 11 Initiatives, Referenda, Mediation, and Judicial Review

Week 8: October 6

Chapter 12 Critical ContemporaryLand Use Issues

Two (2) reports/reaction papers by the end of the week 

Final Exam

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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