Land Use and Subdivision Design

  • 21 hour course, no prerequisites

Learn how to design effec­tive sub­di­vi­sion lay­outs by exam­in­ing the dif­fer­ent process­es involved: tak­ing raw land through site analy­sis to land use and pre­lim­i­nary design, from den­si­ty con­sid­er­a­tions and cir­cu­la­tion pat­terns to spe­cial lay­outs, and from the pre­lim­i­nary inves­ti­ga­tion to the approval process. Apply these con­cepts to design and draft your own maps and sub­di­vi­sion plans.

Course at a glance
  • A hands-on course in which you will apply the concepts you learn to design-based projects, assignments, and presentations, including the development of your own land use plan and subdivision design.
  • Online delivery.
  • May be recognized for Continuous Professional Learning (CPL) credits by the Alberta Professional Planners Institute (APPI) for holders of the Registered Professional Planner designation.
  • Aimed at professionals in the areas of municipal government planning, development, and bylaw enforcement. Students range from development officers, planning technicians, land use, environmental, and community planners, to resources managers, government officials, consultants, developers, lawyers, zoning administrators, administrators in smaller municipalities, and others involved in planning processes.
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the origins of the land use planning system in Alberta.
  • Visualize the relationship of planning and the regulatory framework within which large scale suburban development is achieved.
  • Describe the land development process and the role of developers in community development.
  • Identify the primary benefits of a “master planning approach” to land development.
  • Understand the main considerations in plan preparation.
  • Describe the legislative, planning and engineering considerations that inform subdivision design.
  • Understand the differing perspectives of the local municipality and the developer in securing subdivision approval.
  • Describe the basic considerations of subdivision design while exploring its design from “above, in and around.”
  • Examine why some subdivisions fail and what can be done about it.
  • Reflect upon new directions and innovation in suburban neighbourhood design.
Take note:

  • Assessment activities include an assignment to be completed after the course end date.
  • While there are no prerequisites for this course, prior knowledge of planning is recommended for student success.
  • Bursary opportunities may be available for members of the Alberta Development Officers Association (ADOA).
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

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