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Land Use Planning to Support Economic Development
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Land Use Planning to Support Economic Development

Land Use Planning to Support Economic Development

58 min
Credit: AICP CMCNU-A

This course is approved for 1 AICP CM credit

This course provides a general understanding of macro-level socio-economic trends, along with related business and industry trends, likely to influence economic development plans and associated land use policies over the next 20 years.

By the end of this course, you will understand how land-use policies (e.g., comprehensive and master plans) can further or hinder economic development activity, why it's more important to focus on regional and national trends rather than local trends, and how land-use policies not grounded in local and regional market reality will, eventually, undermine the fiscal and economic climate of a locality. 

In This Course

  1. Todd Poole introduces the course.
  2. What is Economic Development?
    This chapter provides an overview of the relationship between economic development and land-use policies. We'll focus on land-use and tax policies, business programs, and capital projects that facilitate public investment where none would have materialized at a given scale.
  3. Why Regional Trends Matter More Than Local Trends
    This chapter provides an overview of why regional (and national) economic trends matter more than local trends, as well as key trends to consider when crafting a land-use plan grounded in market reality. This section will present examples of key regional market trends and their potential land use implications.
  4. Market Studies, Part 1
    This chapter defines the characteristics of a market study by presenting examples of what data to collect, which metrics to consider, and how best to communicate key market findings to support an economic development strategy.
  5. Market Studies, Part 2
    Continuing from the previous chapter, this chapter presents real estate market trends and examples of supply and demand analysis for a range of land uses (e.g., residential and office).
  6. Key Takeaways
    This chapter summarizes key takeaways and lessons learned from the course.

Published 2016