Who should attend
Students from all educational backgrounds welcome.
About the course
Develop an appreciation for regional plans built upon common interest and enduring political relationships. Examine the history, why regional planning has been introduced, the process for developing and implementing regional planning, theories and practices, and how it is defined in various contexts within North America. Other topics include varying structures and challenges that these approaches have between jurisdictional boundaries. Focus will be on Alberta and Canada through different legislation such as the Alberta Land Use Framework and Bill 36 The Alberta Land Stewardship.
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:
- Review and apply the key features of regionalism, including the nature of regions, based on the models, theories, and concepts from a number of divergent disciplines.
- Identify and discuss the specific range of issues, challenges and/or opportunities that led to the introduction of “regional planning” in practice in different regional contexts.
- Identify how regional planning operates differently in metropolitan areas, rural regions, and emergent city-regions.
- Discuss the governance challenges that exist at the regional level and how the planner must operate given the institutional context of regional agencies.
- Describe how regional planning in the Canadian and Albertan contexts has contributed to or hindered the development of communities.
- Discuss the reasons why regional planning continues to be seen as necessary given its successes and despite its failures.
- Compare and analyze regional planning models and regional plans as they relate to different planning principles and practices.
- Examine why some subdivisions fail and what can be done about it.
- Reflect upon new directions and innovation in suburban neighbourhood design.
Because of COVID-19, many providers are cancelling or postponing in-person programs or providing online participation options.
We are happy to help you find a suitable online alternative.