Autumn 2012: URBDP 450/598W Introduction to Land Use, Growth Management and Environmental Planning

Please forward widely–lots of space still available! This is a great course for students interested in urban planning, environmental planning, transportation planning, or pursuing the undergraduate minor in Urban Design and Planning–may also be great for public/environmental health and social welfare interested students. Open to seniors, juniors by permission of instructor, and all graduate students–undergrads should register for the URBDP 450 section; grad students should register for the URBDP 598W section. Thanks!

Autumn Quarter 2012

URBDP 450/598W: Introduction to Land Use, Growth Management and Environmental Planning (3 credits)

Instructor: So-Ra Baek, Ph.D. Candidate in Urban Design and Planning, College of Built Environments (sora100)

Class sessions: Monday/Wednesdays, 12pm-1:20pm

Location: Gould Hall 102

Course Description: This course deals with the overview of the linkages among land use, growth management, transportation and environmental impacts. Many cities and only a few states in the United States have adopted a variety of growth management measures and land use controls to attempt to maximize the social welfare benefits, including environmental benefits, from smart growth. The focusof this course will be given to contemporary land use issues, especially sprawl, sustainable development, the Washington State Growth Management Act, New Urbanism, Transit-Oriented Development, and strategies for active transportations. The prime purpose of the course is to understand and toevaluate this experience, and to offer guidance on best-practice techniques of growth management. Because this course is an introductory course, we will focus more on the issues than the details. Students are encouraged (although it is not obligatory) to use Washington’s Growth Management Act as a case study for the term paper.

Course Learning Objectives:

1. To understand the implications of “sprawl.”

2. To develop a typology of growth management techniques.

3. To conceptualize the links between land use regulations and environmental, transportation and other social benefits.

4. To evaluate some of the controversies in the field relating to New Urbanism, Smart Growth, Transit-Oriented Developments (TODs), pedestrian pockets, energy conservation, urban growth boundaries, etc.

5. To assess the relative effectiveness of alternative growth management instruments.
6. To evaluate the relative success of the Washington GMA.