11.360 | Fall 2010 | Graduate

Community Growth and Land Use Planning


Part I: Fundamentals: Land use planning, regulation, and smart development
Week 1: Introduction
1 Course introduction
Week 2: Project introduction and start-up
2 Community planning project introduced

Discussion of client project

Project team formed

Week 3: Neighborhood planning: Old & new; visioning
4 The neighborhood unit: Historical perspective and evolution
5 Visioning the future of places
Week 4: Making a plan: Where to begin?
6 Plan-making at the community level

Imaging Newton’s Needham Street corridor

Teams present findings

Week 5: Planning for growth and zoning controls
8 Zoning controls: The basics
9 Land use planning, regulation, and property rights
Week 6: Sprawl and smart development
10 Thwarting sprawl; smart growth and the evolution of suburbia
11 Street design and traffic calming
Week 7: Zoning innovations, mixed-use development, and incentives to broaden housing affordability
12 Project work day

Incentive-based techniques, mixed-use development, and methods to broaden housing affordability

Preliminary plans will be presented by project teams to the client and the public

Part II: Place-making: trends, methods, and approaches
Week 8: Area economic development planning
14 Area economic development planning: Tools and prospects
15 Project work day-discussion/debriefing
Week 9: Community design, place-making, form-based codes
16 Community design, new urbanism, and alternative regulatory approaches. What’s applicable to the Needham Street project?
17 Project work day: Discussion/debriefing
Part III: Planning and designing responsive environments
Week 10: Landscape planning
18 Landscape planning, history and current approaches
19 Optional project work day
Week 11: The greening of places; linking land use and transportation
20 Ecological considerations and sustainability
21 The mobility challenge for planning; transit-oriented and infill development
Part IV: Integration and implementation
Week 12: Plan implementation
22 Client meeting with project teams
Week 13: Final plan recommendations and implementation strategies
23 Project work day
24 Project work day (cont.)
Weeks 14 and 15: Final project preparation and synthesis
25 The role of planning and the planner in society: Class wrap-up and synthesis
26 Final plan work day
27 Submission of final plan reports

Final plan recommendations will be presented by student project teams to the client and public.

Course Info

As Taught In
Fall 2010
Learning Resource Types
Projects with Examples
Presentation Assignments
Written Assignments