PLN551 - Planning Policy and Regulations

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Last revision date 2018-01-25 16:44:56.254
Last review date 2018-01-25 16:44:56.254

Subject Title
Planning Policy and Regulations

Subject Description
This subject introduces the fundamentals of urban planning as practiced in Ontario.  Topics include the legal basis for land use planning and enabling legislation; rationale for land use planning; the municipal framework; land use planning tools; community participation; and, trends in current practice discussed from an environmental point of view. These topics are practically applied to a student-developed case study.

Credit Status
One subject credit.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Accurately assess the context of a site related to relevant Acts, Official Plans, zoning, permits, etc.;
  2. Accurately assess the context of a site in terms of development potential and compatibility with surrounding land uses;
  3. Accurately assess the context of a site in terms of data requirements for predictive and evaluative studies;
  4. Describe the components of the Normative Planning Process in the context of a site;
  5. Explain the critical/evaluative criteria forming the basis of rational planning decisions;
  6. Explore the Values and Principles of planning and relate these to a site;
  7. Apply studies and reports related a site to that site for development;
  8. Exercise creativity in making sound recommendations as to alternative courses of action regarding development of sites;
  9. Devise oral and written communication in order to effectively liaise with both technical and non-technical individuals.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.