Provides the base knowledge of planning theory that serves as a springboard into more advanced courses in this degree program. Explores the nature of planning and how it relates to geography, politics, economics, society, and culture on a local and regional level. Also details the various levels of planning, step-by-step approaches to planning, and the many limitations and boundaries with which planners are confronted.
Planning Law and Administration
Explains the political and legal environment of planning, including the foundations of land use and environmental law. Introduces students to various types of legal research and reasoning and the numerous agencies that conduct or influence planning, including public agencies, authorities, non-profit organizations, and public benefit corporations. Explores policy implementation, including legislation, regulation, and incentives.
Planning Research Design and Methods
Introduction to basic research and analytical methods, including the conceptualization of planning problems; determination of needs gaps; basic probability theory; descriptive and inferential statistics; distributions, sampling, and the logic of data gathering and analysis; hypothesis testing; analysis of relationships among variables; estimation and projections. Not intended to produce statisticians, but rather to make planners informed readers and users of statistical and analytical reports.
Spatial Analysis Techniques/Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) enable planners to perform "high tech" spatial analysis of communities and environmental features. Sophisticated GIS systems allow users to create and manipulate virtual representations of towns or developments and explore different land use and transportation scenarios. This course introduces students to these systems and their expanding, widespread applications.
Advanced Topics & Techniques in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Prerequisite: CRP 0413 or permission of the instructor
Introduces the concepts and applications of Suitability Analysis and Location Analysis. Explore different ArcGIS and ArcView extensions, including Spatial Analyst, 3D Analyst, Network Analyst, and Image Analyst. Also introduces CommunityViz software and its suitability for planners. Explores advanced techniques commonly used in GIS, such as digitizing, geocoding, image processing, and projection changing. Students use local and regional data sets and real-world problems and projects. Instruction focuses on practical applications in a studio format.
Topics in Community and Regional Planning
Presents a series of special topics in the area of community and regional planning. Content will vary from semester to semester. The topic could be in an area of specialization of a faculty member or an examination of a current topic in the field of planning.
Neighborhoods, Cities, and Regions
More than 80% of the U.S. population now lives in urbanized areas. Examines the history of the development of urban (and suburban) form, together with some of the environmental, physical, social, and economic factors that created or influenced those forms. Emphasis will be on the development of the European and North American city, from Athens to imperial Rome, to the 19th and 20th century industrial metropolis, and its suburbs. (Other great cities of the ancient world may be discussed.) Looks at the late 20th century unraveling of the urban fabric and the de-concentration of cities.
Presents an overview of the history of transportation in the United States and the fundamentals of present day transportation planning and policies. Explores the influences of urban form on: modal choice; accessibility and mobility of various population subsets (such as the economically- and physically-disadvantaged); regional and local travel demand; and the operational efficiency of different types of transportation systems (transit, highways, bicycle, and pedestrian). Covers the impact of transportation investments on land use and regional population growth, and on environmental, community, and economic sustainability. Introduces students to currently used transportation planning methodologies, legal requirements, and decision-making processes. By studying actual transportation projects, students develop a plan for an assigned project.
Sustainable Community Design and Development
Explores the theory, practice, and social value created when development occurs in a sustainable manner. Planning and design of ecologically sensitive projects are addressed in a lecture/discussion format. Case studies are used extensively in concert with guest lecturers to provide the student with a comprehensive overview of sustainable development. Case studies include: technologically innovative economic development, cultural and social development, ecological architectural design, landscape architecture and green spaces, and transportation systems. Economic and design comparisons are drawn between sustainable and non-sustainable models of development. Based on the premise that sustainable community design and development fulfills the basic needs of people and extends opportunities for economic development without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Environmental issues and concepts faced by planners and the methods used to address them. Applying principles of natural science disciplines to the analysis of man`s physical environment and the synthesis of plans that respect and incorporate those principles. The constraints and opportunities presented by the natural and man-made physical environment evaluated in the context of planning at both site-specific and regional scales. The goal of the course is not to produce environmental scientists, but rather to make planners aware of the environmental questions that should be asked, and of whom. Lectures, case studies, and roundtable discussions.
Integrated Transportation And Land Use Planning: Context-Sensitive Design Solutions
"Context-sensitive design" seeks to blend transportation functions with other human activities and land use characteristics. Often transportation and land use decisions have worked at cross-purposes due to the inconsistency of scales, the traditional focus of transportation project planning on functional and engineering concerns, and development decisions made without adequate regard to traffic impacts. This course covers basic operational and safety requirements of various transportation systems, with special emphasis on bicycle and pedestrian travel, and appropriate designs for different types of development and policy objectives, such as downtown revitalization or decreasing the reliance on the automobile. The latter part of the course is devoted to a studio design project in which students apply design principles to solve a transportation and/or land use problem.
Prerequisite: CRP 422 or permission of instructor or Department Chairperson
Application of micro-economic concepts to passenger transportation systems: utility theory and urban demand analysis and modeling; project evaluation and prioritization; investment analysis and pricing theory. Role of economic analysis in decision making. Exploration of the financial and economic dimensions of urban transportation systems: highway finance; transit finance; transit fare policy; transportation pricing and finance methods including user fees, tolling, and gas and sales taxes. Discussion of the social costs of transportation and the subsidy policy.
Planning Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
Evaluation of the techniques of negotiation and alternative dispute resolution with a special emphasis on planning issues and disputes. The course emphasizes dispute resolution through arbitration or mediation in lieu of litigation. Students engage in a series of hands-on simulations, involving bargaining and coalition building with the goal of training students to be effective and thoughtful negotiators.
Land Use Planning
A comprehensive overview of the land use planning and development process: the comprehensive planning process; site planning and subdivisions regulations; plan-making techniques; data and analysis tools in land use management; legal aspects of land use planning; zoning and land use regulation; growth management/"smart growth" techniques; intergovernmental coordination; open-space, agricultural, and historic preservation
Sustainable Business Practices
Environmental issues and their impact on business, communities, institutions, and the general public are comprehensively explored. Examines the need for companies to effectively manage environmental issues in light of increased public demand for businesses to take a stewardship role over natural resources and environmental protection. Provides students with a broad and practical understanding of environmental sustainability concepts. Examines how challenges associated with sustainable development are multifaceted involving economic, social, and environmental concerns. Explores how these concerns alter business strategies and practices and lead to new opportunities. Case studies and lectures are used to build technical proficiencies. Lectures by guest experts.
Planning Studio I
Prerequisite: CRP 0410 and 0413
The studio undertakes a planning project in cooperation with a local or regional entity. Using the knowledge and skills learned in previous courses, students develop an integrated approach to planning and plan development with a focus on the preparation of community and regional plans, including data collection; site analysis and evaluation of location, market, transportation, and environmental factors; and the balancing of stakeholder interests. Teams will analyze real planning situations and deliver finished projects. Students manage the project from initial conceptualization through the final reporting, with a view to project implementation.
Planning Studio II
(3 or 6 s.h)
Prerequisite: CRP 0501
See CRP 0501
Planning Studio III
(3 or 6 s.h)
Prerequisite: CRP 0502
See CRP 0501
Internship in Planning
(3 or 6 s.h)
Prerequisite: Only open to matriculated students who have completed the majority of the CRP program. Students may opt for 3 s.h. of internship and 6 s.h. of thesis or project, or 6 s.h. of internship and 3 s.h. of thesis or project
Students are required to complete a supervised 180-hour internship (for each 3 s.h.) in which the emphasis is on the acquisition and application of practical skills in planning. Internship placements will be at public agencies, non-profit institutions, and private firms. There is a designated supervisor at the site and a CRP faculty and/or Ambler staff coordinator. Internships may require interim reports and must culminate in a report regarding the experience.
Note: Students who have had substantial professional experience may petition for a waiver of this requirement. If granted, the student will be required to enroll in another CRP graduate course.
Thesis/Project in Planning
(3 or 6 s.h)
Prerequisite: Only open to matriculated students who have completed the majority of their coursework and at the discretion of the graduate adviser. Under the guidance and supervision of a faculty adviser and committee, students will choose to do either a thesis or a project
Provides the terminal evidence of mastery of the field. The Master's thesis is based on planning theory, methodology, and history. The Master's project is a practice-based model, a case study of a planning activity or event. Students participate in a thesis/project colloquium addressing research design, issues, methods, and writing/presentation concerns. Students present reports on the state of their thesis/project and seek informed criticism and advice.