Urban Planning and Development

This concentration is concerned with how planning tools and processes shape the development, redevelopment, and revitalization of the physical fabric of the city as a central concern of professional practice. The concept of the development process is intended to be interpreted broadly, including the political and institutional context within which public decisions are made, and the social and environmental consequences of those decisions. Planners involved in development control work at different scales from developing regional plans for guiding metropolitan growth, to being involved in the development approval processes for individual building sites. They may be involved in such diverse aspects of planning as neighbourhood and district planning, housing policy, public space provision, green development standards, and transit-oriented development policy.

Students choosing this concentration should select at least five half-courses, one of which should be PLA1656 Land Use Planning. As courses on offer vary from year to year, please check with the Concentration Adviser and review the course timetable for relevant available courses.

Students should also take at least one course outside the department and are encouraged explore course offerings in The Daniels School of Architecture and Design’s Urban Design Program, The Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and in Civil Engineering.

Advisor: Paul Hess