PLN 505 Planning Processes, Plans, and the Design of Communities

Examines the theory and practice of urban planning at the state and local level in the U.S., with an emphasis on how planning shapes the physical form and design of cities and regions.  Alternative planning process models, as well as the varied roles that planners can play in different contexts, are examined and compared.  Methods and tools for controlling land use and development are also identified.  Case studies are utilized to underscore the place-based, context-driven nature of urban planning, the need to adjust planning processes and roles to the demands of particular situations, and the importance of engaging citizens in goal setting and plan development.  Finally, factors that can increase or undermine planning effectiveness are identified and discussed.