Municipal Planning I

  • 39 hour course, no prerequisites

Pro­vides an intro­duc­tion to munic­i­pal plan­ning, with a par­tic­u­lar empha­sis on con­cepts and com­pe­ten­cies used by plan­ners involved in land use and devel­op­ment. The Alber­ta Land Use Frame­work (2008) will be exam­ined, and rel­e­vant plan­ning issues will be dis­cussed. While exam­ples are based on the Alber­ta con­text, the the­o­ry can be applied to a broad range of sit­u­a­tions and envi­ron­ments. Ethics and val­ues will be explored in rela­tion to plan­ning that will have a sig­nif­i­cant impact on society.

Course at a glance
  • Fully online asynchronous course, accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.
  • 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:

  • Explain what planning is trying to achieve.
  • Describe the basic elements of land use as understood by planners.
  • Describe the steps in formulating a plan and the role of values and facts in plan creation.
  • Identify the basic statutory tools in plan implementation and the legislation as it affects land use planning in Alberta.
  • Describe the land development process and the role of developers in community development.
  • Identify key players in the planning process and understand the alternative roles planners can employ in carrying out their work.
  • Explain and apply fundamental planning skills to development and plan proposals.
  • Recognize that planning is an evolving profession constantly developing new understandings, tools, and approaches.
Take note:

  • Refer to the course syllabus for the schedule of activities and due dates of assignments.
  • A textbook is required for this course; details will be provided in the course syllabus.
  • Additional learning materials are provided through eClass.
  • Assessment may include discussion postings and essay assignments.
  • 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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