Land Use Planning

Historically, land use planning has formed the core of the planning profession and provided more planning jobs than any other specialization. Some land use planners create comprehensive plans to guide all aspects of development, while others work in the day-to-day administration of zoning ordinances and subdivision regulations. Land use planners also develop financing plans for the delivery of future public services, and evaluate the diverse impacts of proposed residential, commercial, or industrial development.

Most land use planners work directly for public agencies, but a substantial number also work for consulting firms that provide services to the public and private sectors. All land use planners work to integrate the full range of planning activities in urban design, housing, economic development, transportation, environment, and information systems in order to create cities that are efficient, fair, and sustainable places.

In recent years, land use has emerged as one of the key components of sustainability. Land use decisions have direct and massive impacts on water quality, air quality, biodiversity, energy consumption, and nearly every other aspect of sustainability. Land use planners can be found in the forefront of debate over many of the great planning issues of the day, including fighting sprawl, encouraging smart growth, pursuing neo-traditional development, preserving greenspace, and enabling sustainable development.

Required Courses

The land use specialization requires two courses. One course focuses on planning for development, while the other emphasizes the protection of land from development:

CP 6112 Introduction to Land Use (Fall)
CP 6105 Land Conservation (Spring)

Additional Courses

Additional land use courses can include (but are not strictly limited to) the following:

CP 6214 Environmental Planning and Impact Assessment
CP 6233 Sustainable Urban Development
CP 63313 Land Use & Transportation Interaction
CP 6611 Principles of Real Estate Finance and Development
CP 6630 Government and Housing Markets
CP 6311 Introduction to Transportation Planning
CP 6630 Government and Housing Markets
PubP 6300 Earth Systems

Georgia State University Courses related to Land Use:

Econ 8300 Urban Economics
Law 7320 Land Use Law
PAUS 8031 Urban Political Economy
PAUS 8351 Local Governance/Local Government
Geog 6768 Metropolitan Atlanta


Land Use Planning Faculty

Associate Professor Bill Drummond
Professor Steven French
Professor Catherine Ross
Professor Brian Stone