Land Use and Subdivision Design

    EXLUP 4103 is offered this spring:

Learn how to design effec­tive sub­di­vi­sion lay­outs by exam­in­ing the dif­fer­ent process­es involved: tak­ing raw land through site analy­sis to land use and pre­lim­i­nary design, from den­si­ty con­sid­er­a­tions and cir­cu­la­tion pat­terns to spe­cial lay­outs, and from the pre­lim­i­nary inves­ti­ga­tion to the approval process. Apply these con­cepts to design and draft your own maps and sub­di­vi­sion plans.

Course at a glance
  • A hands-on course in which you will apply the concepts you learn to design-based projects, assignments, and presentations, including the development of your own land use plan and subdivision design.
  • Online delivery.
  • May be recognized for Continuous Professional Learning (CPL) credits by the Alberta Professional Planners Institute (APPI) for holders of the Registered Professional Planner designation.
  • Aimed at professionals in the areas of municipal government planning, development, and bylaw enforcement. Students range from development officers, planning technicians, land use, environmental, and community planners, to resources managers, government officials, consultants, developers, lawyers, zoning administrators, administrators in smaller municipalities, and others involved in planning processes.
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the origins of the land use planning system in Alberta.
  • Visualize the relationship of planning and the regulatory framework within which large scale suburban development is achieved.
  • Describe the land development process and the role of developers in community development.
  • Identify the primary benefits of a “master planning approach” to land development.
  • Understand the main considerations in plan preparation.
  • Describe the legislative, planning and engineering considerations that inform subdivision design.
  • Understand the differing perspectives of the local municipality and the developer in securing subdivision approval.
  • Describe the basic considerations of subdivision design while exploring its design from “above, in and around.”
  • Examine why some subdivisions fail and what can be done about it.
  • Reflect upon new directions and innovation in suburban neighbourhood design.


Overall Schedule
Lecture/Class Schedule
May 12May 14



8:30 am – 4:30 pm MT


8:30 am – 4:30 pm MT


8:30 am – 4:30 pm MT



May 28 — post-class component closes

Students in this section may have post-class readings or assessments to complete.

Syn­chro­nous online learning, eClass

21 hours of instruction

In synchronous online courses, students move through the course material at the same pace as their peers. These courses also provide learners with pre-scheduled online lectures that have the instructor and students interacting at the same time. All components of this type of course are accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool. for­mat details

Sara McCartney

Your Instructor

Sara McCartneyID: sara-mccartney

Class info
  • 21 course hours in total
  • Cost assistance: May be eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant and the Canada Training Benefit. (view all)
    Cor­po­rate mul­ti-reg­is­tra­tion pack­ages (groups of 4 or more) are avail­able for most Exten­sion cours­es. Con­tact us at for pre­ferred pricing.
  • Open for registration until May 12, 2021. If space is available you may register until the day the course starts.
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

Take note:

  • Assessment activities include an assignment to be completed after the course end date.
  • While there are no prerequisites for this course, prior knowledge of planning is recommended for student success.
  • Bursary opportunities may be available for members of the Alberta Development Officers Association (ADOA).
Currently counts towards

We recommend that you apply to the program as soon as possible to lock in your course requirements as they are subject to change.

*If you are already enroled in this program, please refer to your specific program requirements as outlined at the time of your admission: Bear Tracks > Academic Advisement.

You can register for and take a course without applying and enrolling into the program.

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New course schedules are released each June and November.

EXLUP 4103 is offered this spring: