Courses taught by Bruce Dotson through the UVA Department of Urban and Environmental Planning in the School of Architecture.
Land Use and Growth Management
Prerequisites/Requirements Satisfied: Intended for graduate and upper level undergraduate urban and environmental planning majors but engineering, law and other students having had exposure to growth and development issues are also encouraged. Serves as foundation course for Land Use and Growth Management concentration and as an elective for others. Some exposure to GIS helpful but not required. Enrollment limit: 30.
Course Description and Method: Students can expect to learn about and gain experience in:
- Process of creating land use plans and policies for client communities and regions, from initial scoping and visioning to land use design, and implementation.
- Implementation tools including those based on planning, regulation, public service provision, land and easement acquisition, tax and incentives, community design and historic preservation strategies, and others.
- “Best practices” as evidenced by case studies from a wide variety of communities.
- Improving practical written communications skills by preparing and receiving detailed critiques on several client oriented memos.
- Vocabulary of terms and bank of concepts that will enable students to become participants in professional settings regarding today’s land use issues such as sprawl, farm land protection, infill development, transportation oriented development, quality of life communities, fiscal impact and economic development, sustainability and others.
Planning Process and Practice
Open only to first year Urban and Environmental Planning graduate students.
Course description and method
A 4-credit workshop course where “hands on” learning is combined with lectures and discussions. Students work in teams to analyze assigned problems and to develop and present recommendations. Three projects are undertaken – (1) managing the visual impacts of cell phone towers, (2) prioritizing areas for rural land conservation and (3) redeveloping an urban infill site. Through the three projects, students will learn and hone fundamental understandings and skills needed by all planners. These will include analytic skills, various computer techniques, graphic skills, modeling, writing, presentation skills and other capabilities. Planners use their understandings and skills as a source of influence with the people and groups they advise. Such information is used to clarify issues, to describe problems, to propose alternatives, and to evaluate and recommend actions. This process of giving advice is central to planning whether the topic is housing or the environment, whether the scale is national or local, and whether the client is governmental or private.