CITY105

Regional Planning Fundamentals

Problems in urban sustainability, housing, transportation, land use, farmland security and infrastructure often go beyond the boundaries of a single municipality. Solving these problems requires an approach that brings various municipalities in a region together through shared strategies and action. Learning the “what”, “how”, and “why” of regional planning creates a powerful perspective on trying to solve some of the biggest urban problems facing cities and regions today.

This course will benefit anyone who wishes to learn how to solve common urban problems through mutual cooperation and negotiation. You will be introduced to the purpose, theory and practice of regional planning and how it applies to many current problems faced by cities. From viewing urban problems through a “regional lens” to learning about basic tools like regional population and employment forecasts, this course surveys how shared problems can be solved by municipalities working together.

The course will include a discussion of contemporary debates on urban and regional issues. Some key topics include: the tension between local and regional planning, industrial land protection, farmland security, environmental protection, regional housing markets, the effectiveness of regional planning and its limitations, and the relationship between regional land use and transportation planning. The emphasis will be on regional district planning in BC, with a focus on Metro Vancouver, but examples of best practices and case studies will be highlighted from around the world.

Currently not available for registration.

Course schedule: Classes run from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. PT via online-supported delivery. 

Please note that the registration cut-off is 24 hours before the start of the course.

What will you learn?

By the end of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the key legislative elements for regional planning in British Columbia and how local municipal plans need to comply with regional plans
  • Apply a “regional lens” to urban issues and evaluate which issues are best solved at the regional scale
  • Identify the legislation, tools and methods used in regional planning
  • Explain how citizens can get engaged in regional issues
  • Use local and global case studies to gain insights on the effectiveness of regional plan implementation

How will you learn?

In this course you will learn through a combination of online instructor presentations, and in-class online discussions, and the submission of a two-page discussion paper.

The two-page discussion paper is due one week after the last module.

Who should take this course?

Anyone with an interest in learning more about the field of regional planning. 

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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