END301 - Perspectives on Land Use and Development

map and photo of Buffalo neighborhood.

Modified from City of Buffalo Land Use Plan and Unified Development Ordinance 

What drives growth and development? How are land use patterns prescribed? What tools do planners use to shape the environment? This course examines factors contributing to land use with a focus on how policy mechanisms are used to steer development. 

The course explores the role of geography and technology in shaping the built environment as well as the role of modern and contemporary movements in urban planning. The course includes an in-depth investigation of how plans, policies, and regulations are used to steer development to maximize social and economic benefit. The course will review planning, zoning, form-based codes, overlay districts, design standards, growth boundaries, purchase/transfer of development rights, development incentives, and other policy mechanisms. 


Benjamin Bidell