Planning and Zoning Law Refresher

This advanced planning law course addresses some current substantive topics in land use law as well as exploring some themes that tend to emerge repeatedly in land use litigation. Substantive topics will include: zoning for rental tenure, affordable housing and special needs housing; people zoning; inclusionary zoning; prohibition of land uses; lawful non-conforming uses (what does “lawfully used” actually mean?); dealing with the Province (issues with overlapping jurisdiction); CACs, PDAs and density bonuses. Themes to be discussed include judicial deference to local elected officials (the test of reasonableness); procedural fairness in the digital age; zoning bylaw interpretation approaches.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - Bill Buholzer
Guy Patterson
$393.75 38 Register

Course schedule: Classes for the remainder of 2020 run from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. PDT via online-supported delivery

What will you learn?

  • Review key foundational cases in Canadian planning law 
  • Explore topical issues in drafting and enforcement of land-use restrictions
  • Learn how to draft land-use regulations to create understandable and enforceable bylaws

How will you learn?

  • Lectures
  • Small group discussions
  • Case study analysis

Who should take this course?

  • Planners, planning analysts and planning assistants
  • Architects, engineers, developers and real-estate professionals
  • Elected officials, lawyers, local government administrators and others

Textbooks and learning materials

We will provide custom course materials.

Hardware and software requirements

You will need a computer that is connected to the internet so that you can access Canvas, our online course management system. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas by accessing Canvas guides here. We recommend you use Google Chrome or Firefox.

Also, you will need to enable your computer’s audio and microphone to participate in live sessions offered through the Blackboard Collaborate virtual platform (within Canvas). You can check if your computer is compatible with Blackboard Collaborate here.

You can find more information on online-supported learning on our About Online Learning page. 

Professional development credits

AIBC CES participants, PIBC members and BCSLA members may self-report for continuing education learning unit consideration.



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