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EVSP321 - Land Use and Planning

Course Details

Course Code: EVSP321 Course ID: 3295 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course will introduce students to the basic methods of land use planning, including: goal development and formalization, planning intelligence and information systems, population forecasting, land use forecasting, land suitability analysis, land use location requirements, land classification planning, natural/sustainable land use design, and the analysis of regional or local land use plans. Through lecture, discussion, case studies, and assignments, the class will examine fundamental land use controls (i.e., General Plans and Zoning), land use policy, and contemporary land use management techniques.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • LO-1 Describe the basic concepts and theories relevant to land use and development planning.
  • LO-2 Explain the current planning issues in the U.S., including sprawl, designing for sustainability, and environmental impacts of unplanned growth and development.
  • LO-3 Analyze proposed development plans and regional planning documents in the landscape-level planning context.
  • LO-4 Apply planning concepts, theories, and techniques to the analysis and presentation of case studies.
  • LO-5 Evaluate the environmental, social, political, cultural, and economic impacts of land use planning and development.
  • LO-6 Apply the concepts of sustainability science and policy to real-world problems in land use planning.
NameGrade %
Forums 24.00 %
Forum 1 3.00 %
Forum 2 3.00 %
Forum 3 3.00 %
Forum 4 3.00 %
Forum 5 3.00 %
Forum 6 3.00 %
Forum 7 3.00 %
Forum 8 3.00 %
Case Studies 52.00 %
Case Study 1 13.00 %
Case Study 2 13.00 %
Case Study 3 13.00 %
Case Study 4 13.00 %
Final Project 24.00 %
Final Paper 24.00 %

Required Readings

See the Lessons section of the classroom for additional readings and weekly lecture notes

Additional Resources: Please go to the program guides in the APUS Library for additional resources:

Software Requirements

  • Microsoft Office (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint) - American Public University System provides Microsoft Office 365 to AMU/APU students and faculty at no cost
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
Book Title:The Regional City-E-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Lib
Author:Calthorpe, Peter / Fulton, William
Unit Cost:$51.78
Book Title:Nature-Friendly Communities-E-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Lib
Author:Duerksen, Chris
Unit Cost:$51.78
Book Title:To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit to locate the eReserve by course #.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.