Continuing & Professional Education

Applied Land Use Planning

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Courses for everyone 17

  • Alberta Development Officers Association (ADOA) members
  • Alberta Professional Planners Institute (APPI) members
  • development officers
  • planning technicians
  • land use planners
  • environment
  • community planners
  • resource managers
  • developers
  • lawyers
  • zoning administrators

These part-time study courses are designed to enhance current practitioners’ skillsets
Program enrolment is optional – register in a course without applying for admission

Focuses on practical tools that support and guide the interactions between councils, administration, media, and public. Different approaches will be discussed for municipal and regional land use planning initiatives, which promote effective, democratic engagement and consultation with public spheres.

September 13
already started
Online learning, asynchronous. With Maria de Bruijn

Provides an introduction to municipal planning, with a particular emphasis on concepts and competencies used by planners involved in land use and development. The Alberta Land Use Framework (2008) will be examined, and relevant planning issues will be discussed. While examples are based on the Alberta context, the theory can be applied to a broad range of situations and environments. Ethics and values will be explored in relation to planning that will have a significant impact on society.

April 4
starts in 3 months
Online learning, synchronous. With Ryan Hall

Provides a brief introduction to land use planning theory, law, and processes. Environmental, economic and social dimensions of sustainability will be discussed using an integrated framework of various forms of community capital. Students will also examine governance and decision-making through the perspective of sustainability.

January 10
starts in 1 month
Online learning, asynchronous.
Examines planning law with specific consideration of Alberta legislation and case law; particularly, land use bylaws, planning documents, and the roles of planning and development authorities. Legal aspects of the preparation of land use planning documents, issues of inter-municipal planning, subdivision and condominium approvals, effective and enforceable development agreements, environmental considerations in land use and planning, enforcement of land use bylaws, and development permits will also be explored. Valuable insights will be learned about subdivision and development appeals, and in making presentations before Councils and other planning and development authorities.
January 13
starts in 1 month
Online learning, synchronous. With Jeneane Grundberg, Lorne Randa, Alifeyah Gulamhusein, Derek King, Keegan Rutherford

Students will learn to compare and contrast the features of the local government systems across Canada, examine internal governing structures along with some of the key responsibilities of local government, and assess future challenges and prospects. Local governments will be placed within Canada's federal system and will trace the foundations of the systems and their evolution through various reforms and restructuring.

September 13
already started
Online learning, asynchronous. With David Gunn

Building on core material covered in Municipal Planning I, students will learn about contemporary topics in planning through a combination of online modules, readings, and activities. A range of issues key to the modern urban planning context will be explored, including topics of new urbanism, challenging urban sprawl with smart growth concepts, analytical methods, basic urban design principles, business revitalization zones, and transportation planning. Students will have an opportunity to put theory into practice through assignments and activities that make use of case studies and real-world development scenarios. Prerequisite: EXLUP 8215

January 17
starts in 1 month
Online learning, asynchronous. With Robert Lipka

Addresses common issues affecting individuals who transition into, or considering, roles which involve administering and coordinating municipal land use planning activities. It is intended to provide students with a practical understanding of planning administration function and its municipal context, how planning administration differs from land use planning, and the knowledge and skills needed to be effective in the planning administration role.

April 11
starts in 4 months
Online learning, synchronous. With Jane Dauphinee

Develop an appreciation for regional plans built upon common interest and enduring political relationships. Examine the history, why regional planning has been introduced, the process for developing and implementing regional planning, theories and practices, and how it is defined in various contexts within North America. Other topics include varying structures and challenges that these approaches have between jurisdictional boundaries. Focus will be on Alberta and Canada through different legislation such as the Alberta Land Use Framework and Bill 36 The Alberta Land Stewardship.

January 10
starts in 1 month
Online learning, asynchronous. With Jeff Greene

Examine the challenges and opportunities of rural land use planning in Canada with specific emphasis on rural Alberta. Student will explore and gain an understanding of the importance of healthy and vibrant rural communities in a local, regional and global context with respect to: the economy, environment, social and cultural capital; how planning policy, politics and participation approaches may differ in a rural context compared to an urban counterpart; and how regional and global policy frameworks will affect rural land use planning in the future.

April 19
starts in 4 months
Online learning, asynchronous.

This course will present the purpose for an environmental impact assessment, the process from initiation to completion of the EIA, and its place in the application for a major project. Assessment requirements detailed within provincial and federal legislation and regulations will be reviewed. Requirements and processes for completing a cumulative environmental assessment within the EIA will be described. Differences and similarities between assessments for projects falling under Alberta's Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act will be illustrated. Linkages among these Acts and other legislation in Alberta (Water Act, Public Lands Act) and Canada (Fisheries Act, Navigable Waters Protection Act) will be discussed. Requirements for public and Aboriginal consultation, and the means to gather stakeholder input into the EIA process and outcomes will be outlined. Discussion of the components of the EIA that may lead to approval conditions and requirements, and how to address these in a way that sets the stage for future corporate action and government oversight. Use of the EIA as a tool in the overall environmental management of the project will also be discussed.

Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.

Enhance the performance of your measuring, mapping, modeling, and monitoring by tapping the power of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Learn the concepts that drive GIS, the basics of cartography, and the differences between various GIS packages.

Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.

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.

Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.

While many in the city-building professions often focus on the physical form of urban areas, the built environment can be seen as a physical manifestation of a variety of interconnected systems. A range of systems that influence how cities develop, including the natural, political, economic and social systems will be discussed. Over time, these systems have had varying levels of influence on the built form of the city. These interconnections and ebbs and flows of influence will be investigated using a combination of theory, history and case study analysis. A walking site tour in Edmonton will be included to analyze how these interrelated systems have influenced, and were influenced by the physical form of that urban area. Participants will walk away with a more comprehensive understanding of city development and a new understanding of the interconnections of systems in Canadian cities today.

March 16
starts in 3 months
Online learning, synchronous. With Robert Lipka
Fosters an understanding of the meaning of environment, and the critical importance of the environment to humanity. At the provincial scale students learn, about the environmental provisions of Alberta's Municipal Government Act and its Subdivision and Development Regulations. These provisions form the basis of the environmental review of subdivision and development by planners and development officers. Students also learn about various pertinent environmental information resources including the Environmental Reference Manual for the Review of Subdivisions in Alberta, and the DRAFT Environmental Guidelines for the Review of Subdivisions in Alberta. Many helpful websites and provincial government environmental contacts are provided. Expert guest instructors give presentations on a variety of specific environmental topics, including development adjacent to steep valley slopes, river flooding and erosion, site contamination, groundwater, and identification and protection of aggregate resources. Each presentation involves both an overview of the environmental topic and case studies.
Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.

Students will examine the municipal economic development process through an analysis of the objectives, key players, and program options. The objective will be to have an understanding of the relationship between community and economic development and to be able to recognize the key issues, while looking at various alternatives and current trends.

Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.
Every year, ALUP’s special topics courses bring different issues to our classrooms, keeping pace with what’s new and exciting in the field of planning. Fresh for the 2019/2020 academic year, "Creating Healthier Communities" promises to be a treat for the program’s students, as well as for professional and citizen planners with an eye for creating spaces that make a difference in people’s lives. Course will include a site tour and guest lectures.
Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.

How do you create a livable and vibrant winter city? Planning and design of the built environment for winter cities can be challenging. Winter cities are an opportunity to experience contrasting indoor and outdoor environments, customized for comfort within well-established seasonal-based design principles. Students will explore topics in winter comfort in local and global winter cities, energy conservation, designing for transportation and mobility in sub zero environments, winter tourism and industry, winter city policy making and developing design interventions for winter city sites.

Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.

  • An appli­ca­tion fee of $100 is required for admis­sion into the program.
  • Tuition is paid on a course-by-course basis as you reg­is­ter for your classes.
  • Cours­es are GST-exempt.
  • Some cours­es require a text­book at an addi­tion­al cost.
  • Eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant.
  • Cor­po­rate mul­ti-reg­is­tra­tion pack­ages are avail­able for most Exten­sion cours­es. Con­tact us at excorp@​ualberta.​ca for pre­ferred pricing.
Bursaries and funding opportunities
Funding source
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Canada-Alberta Job Grant 

Available for businesses in all sectors across Alberta

Two-thirds of the training costs (up to 100% if hiring an unemployed Albertan)
any time
Canada Training Benefit 

Residents of Canada, 25-65 years old, who have $10,000-150,000 in earnings for work.

income tax return
Skilled Immigrant Micro-Loan 

Whether you intend to work in the same field you trained in outside of Canada, or you wish to apply your transferable skills to a new career, this low-interest loan helps you cover the cost of education and related living expenses.

Up to $15,000 loan
Alumni Professional Development Grant 

Any alumnus of the University of Alberta

75% of course fee
monthly deadline

Employed by the University of Alberta as Non-Academic Staff (NASA)

$750 annually
Dec / Mar / Jun / Sep

It was an amaz­ing expe­ri­ence and learn­ing jour­ney. I high­ly rec­om­mend the ALUP pro­gram to any­one inter­est­ed in the field.

Applied Land Use Planning Certificate student

It’s great that the instruc­tors acknowl­edge the con­straints in the life of a mature” stu­dent with fam­i­ly and job commitments.

Applied Land Use Plan­ning Certificate student

The infor­ma­tion I gath­ered from the cours­es was very rel­e­vant to my job. I was also able to estab­lish con­tacts with oth­er stu­dents that are employed in the same sector.

Applied Land Use Plan­ning Certificate student

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