GGP345 Land Use Planning

for S1T 2013

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GGP 345 Land Use Planning


S1T 2013 DL


Smith, Dustin T.


Adjunct Instructor


Master of Urban Planning; University of Kansas (1996)
Bachelor of Arts (Geography); Pittsburg State University, 1993

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Daytime Phone

816 695-7440

Other Phone

816 584-9413


Semester Dates

January 14 - March 10

Class Days


Class Time




Credit Hours



Berke, Philip R. and David R. Godschalk. Urban Land Use Planning - 5th Edition. University of Illinois Press, 2006.
ISBN - 978-0-252-03079-6.

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Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

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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

Educational Philosophy:

Higher education is a collaborative effort, the success of which depends greatly on the disciplined student functioning as part of a larger group that is facilitated by the instructor.

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.

Class Assessment:

Assessment of Course Objectives

Core Assessment: Final Project

Each student is to find a land use case from either a city or a county that includes a proposed major development project. It can be an employment center, major people-oriented commercial center or a residential development. It will need to be a project that was approved by the local jurisdiction and must be relatively recent within the last ten years.

You may need to conduct interviews with a staff member(s) from the jurisdiction and you will need to get staff reports, meeting minutes and whatever else will provide the information needed to complete the assignment.

Do not put this off until the last minute, because the people you need to talk to may not be available when you need them. Schedule ahead!! I am more than happy to help find good cases for projects, but again, don’t come to me in Week 6 to help find a case. This is something you should start working on no later than Week 3.

You can find more details and the Grading Rubric in "Final Project" in the Week 7 menu. The Final Project is worth 60 points.


Discussion questions will be posted every week. There may or may not be specific answers. In many cases, you are to exercise critical thinking on some of the issues presented in the questions.

There are two requirements regarding discussion questions that should be observed:

1) In addition to answering all the questions, you must respond to at least one answer that some one else has posted; you can respond to more than student’s post for more points (see rubric).

2) Anytime you write on the discussion board, whether it be responding or answering a question keep it civil and professional! If I have to remind you about inappropriate or discourteous comments, it means you have lost points!(8 pts each, 164 pts total)

Weekly Articles:

There will be a discussion thread each week in which you must post an article and then write a paragraph or so about why you think it is important or relevant. Articles should be relevant to the general subject matter we cover in the course and they should also not be too long. See the assignment description under each week's "Weekly Article" item for more details. (5 points each assignment, 40 points total)


The Midterm will be in Week 4 and will cover chapters 1-7. (35 pts)

Final Exam

The Final exam will cover all of the material in the course (Chapters 1-15. You must arrange with a testing center or proctor in order to take the final. The deadline for proctor approvals is the Friday of Week 6. See the "Proctored Final Exam" section below for more details. (40 points)


Grading Rubrics

All Rubrics can be found on their respective assignment pages and in Doc Sharing.


Assessment Points

Assignment Possible Points Total Points Total %
Final Project

60 24.59%
Discussion 8 pts each 64 26.22%
Weekly Articles 5 pts each 40 16.39%
35 14.34%
Final Exam {{{{{ 45 18.44%
TOTAL {{{{{ 244 100%


Grading will be based on the number of points accumlated by the student out of a total number of points possible. Opportunities for extra credit MAY be provided, so it may be possible to exceed the maximum points. The grading scale is as follows:
100% - 90% = A
89% - 80% = B
79% - 70% = C
69% - 60% = D
Below 60% = F
Grading rubrics can be found within the respective assignments in the course.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All exams and assignments, including weekly discussions, peer reviews and article submissions must be completed no later than the speciñed due dates (and times). NO EXCEPTIONS!! Due dates for weekly assignments are as follows:

1. Discussion questions - Enter response to all questions by 11:59 p.m. CDT on Wednesday of the respective week.
Peer Reviews - See grading rubric for guidelines on how points are assigned.  No credit will be given for peer reviews without responses to discussion questions.
2. Weekly articles - Submit by 11:59 p.m. CDT on Tuesday of the respective week.
Peer Reviews - See grading rubric for guidelines on how points are assigned.  No credit will be given for peer reviews without the posting of an article.
3. All other assignments/exams - See due dates associated with each assignment within the course.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

The online environment is different from the face-to-face environment in that we do not have the luxury of being able to read body language and facial expressions or hear tone of voice. Because of that, we should all be sensitive of how we address each other in the online classroom. I like to assume that everyone has the best of intentions with whatever they may say, but things like foul language and racially/ethnically charged language are never acceptable here. Please refer to the current Park University catalog and refer to the "Student Conduct Code" to find information about the definition of inappropriate behavior at Park University and how to file a complaint, if necessary.

Bottom line is that you are expected to conduct yourselves courteously and professionally. This includes weekly discussion questions in which you may post agreements or refutations of your classmate’s posts. If I have to remind you to keep it courteous, it means you have lost points. Having to remind you more than once will result in further disciplinary action.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

GGP345 - Land Use Planning will consist of a mid-term exam and ñnal exam and term project, with homework assignments throughout the course including weekly discussion topics and the submission of weekly articles that will relate to the material covered in the respective week.

Mid-Term Exam (35 points) - Week 4
Term Project (60 points) - Due by the end of Week 7
Final Exam (45 points) - Week 8

The mid-term will cover chapters 1-8 of the text and the corresponding lectures. The final exam will cover all material in the course, including but not neccessarily limited to, the entire text and all lectures. Student's will typically be given at least 90 minutes to complete exams. Exams may consist of multiple choice, true/false, scenarios and short essay questions.

Discussion questions will be posted for every week. Note that many of these are not made to produce a specific answer, so there is no right or wrong answers per say. In many cases, you are to just exercise some critical thinking on some of the issues presented in the questions. There are two requirements regarding discussion questions you should keep in mind: 1) in addition to answering all the questions, you will need to respond to at least one answer that some one else has posted. You may agree, add on to their argument or offer a rebuttal; and 2) Anytime you write on the discussion board (whether it be responding or answering a question) keep it civil and professional. If you have to be reminded about inappropriate or discourteous comments, it means you have lost points!
Weekly articles are required to be posted every week by the due date listed above.  The article will relate to the weekly discussion topics and readings.  The same rules of conduct apply to the weekly articles as to the discussion topics.  The student is also required to provide peer reviews of other students articles to obtain full points (see grading rubric). 

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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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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.
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