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SFU Seminar: Planning for Non-Planners: What You Need to Know about Community Planning

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Name: SFU Seminar: Planning for Non-Planners: What You Need to Know about Community Planning
Date: September 22, 2020
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM PDT
Event Description:


Planning for Non-Planners: What You Need to Know about Community Planning

This course is an introduction to the practice of urban planning and how to build more sustainable, vibrant, and inclusive communities and physical environments.

You will learn about the matters, purpose and practice of urban planning in Canada, British Columbia, and the Metro Vancouver region. This course offers a special focus on planning and development issues in the region, and the planners’ role in building cities. We will explore the interrelationships between the physical, environmental, economic, social, and built considerations in planning at the site, neighbourhood, city, and regional scales.

The course will include defining urban planning and planning theory and history, explaining why we need to plan the physical environment. It outlines the role of participants, stakeholders, and decision-makers in the planning and development processes. This will include a review of the regulatory hierarchies, and the application of land use tools, including: plans, policies, bylaws, development permitting, and other approvals.

Note: You will have up to one week to complete the post-course take-home assignment, which will be graded Pass or Fail.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Course schedule: Classes for the remainder of 2020 run from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. PDT via online-supported delivery

What will you learn?

By the end of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe key theories and issues concerning urban planning and development that have shaped contemporary cities and regions in Canada
  • Describe key objectives of the Metro Vancouver Regional Growth Strategy and other region-wide initiatives
  • Explain the basic process and structure of urban plans and policies in municipalities
  • Identify the tools planners can use to influence development of communities

How will you learn?

Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to discuss, debate and formulate their own opinions of the role urban planning plays. In addition to reading about planning issues, students will explore the issues through in-class exercises.

There will be an assignment (pass/fail) due one week after the last session.

Who should take this course?

Anyone with an interest in learning more about the field of community planning in Metro Vancouver.  

Textbooks and learning materials

We will provide custom course materials.

Hardware and software requirements

You will need a computer that is connected to the internet so that you can access Canvas, our online course management system. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas by accessing Canvas guides here. We recommend you use Google Chrome or Firefox.

Also, you will need to enable your computer’s audio and microphone to participate in live sessions offered through the Blackboard Collaborate virtual platform (within Canvas). You can check if your computer is compatible with Blackboard Collaborate here.

You can find more information on online-supported learning on our About Online Learning page.

Professional development credits

AIBC CES participants, PIBC members and BCSLA members may self-report for continuing education learning unit consideration.


Date/Time Information:
September 22, 2020 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm
September 29, 2020 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm
October 6, 2020 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Contact Information:
SFU Continuing Studies
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