Planning, Development and Preservation

GIS/Land Use Planning

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The GIS/Land Use Planning specialization offers an opportunity for students to focus on land use planning with an emphasis on the use of technology to monitor trends of community growth and change.

Graduates with a GIS/Land Use concentration are employed at the state, regional, and federal levels of government performing land analysis using GIS.  Others work as land planners at the local level or for private consulting firms.

Land planning establishes a balance between private ownership and public stewardship. The land use plan identifies opportunities for development by matching land suitability to community needs and market demands. It affords protection to environmentally sensitive areas and allows the phasing of local expenditures with a rational determination of the location, capacity, and timing of development decisions. Land use plans are a physical expression of the desired growth pattern for a community over the long-range, updated as necessary to accommodate changing conditions.

Future land use needs are identified based primarily on population and economic forecasts. The foundation of the land use planning process is the assignment of proposed land use categories to those areas slated for conservation, development, or redevelopment during the planning period. Property value is dependent partly on streets, schools, parks, libraries, utilities, services, available shopping, employment opportunities, tax base, and adjacent land uses. Land use planners need to recognize the development impacts of plans on landowners, residents, the environment, and governmental budgets.

Foundational courses:
MCRP students cover the fundamentals of GIS and land use planning in two core courses: CRP 803 Quantitative Analysis and CRP 804 Land Use Analysis.  Students then select electives in consultation with their advisor in order to build both depth and breadth of understanding to address natural resource issues.

Elective course options:
CRP 834 Spatial Modeling Using GIS
CRP 835 GIS & Remote Sensing Applications for Trend Analysis