Land Use and Transportation Planning
This concentration is focused on developing an understanding of the terms, theories, ideas and analytical skills that surround land use and transportation planning. Land is the basic resource upon which our communities are built, and it is unique in that it is both scarce and fixed in location. Land uses affect the environment, interact with one another, and depend on transportation and infrastructure in order to function. Land use planning relates to the physical environment where we live and work. Transportation connects us to all of our activities, and it connects communities. Transportation and land use are mutually dependent and inseparable.
Land use and transportation planning are the traditional responsibilities of local and regional planning agencies, and sometimes state agencies that support them. They are also the responsibilities of consulting firms who support the work of these public agencies. UP 503, Physical Planning, is the core course that provides an introduction to this field. Recommended foundation courses provide added depth in techniques and theories of land use and transportation planning. Electives can be used to provide further depth, or to provide breadth in closely-related fields.
The primary DURP faculty teaching and conducting research relevant to land use and transportation planning include Bev Wilson (GIS), Arnab Chakraborty (land use, affordable housing, scenario analysis, and collaborative planning), Brian Deal (sustainable design and development, land use planning, land use models), Mary Edwards (local public finance), Bruce Knight (growth management, metropolitan and regional planning, public management), Rob Olshansky (environmental policy, natural hazards), Daniel Schnieder (ecology and environmental planning), and Bumsoo Lee (sustainable urban form and transportation, economic impact analysis).
Employment opportunities for students with expertise in land use and transportation planning are found in municipal, regional and state planning agencies, state and regional transportation agencies, private consultancies (e.g., developers and design and engineering firms), and non-governmental organizations (e.g., development organizations).
Highly recommended courses forming the core of the concentration
GIS for Planners
Land Use Policy
Regional Planning and Policy
Evironmental Planning Workshop
|Electives: Recommended depending on specific interests||
Watershed Ecology and Planning