Land Use and Comprehensive Planning
The Land Use and Comprehensive Planning specialization focuses on the development and implementation of policies to manage the location, timing, type, and density/intensity of land development. The land development process consists of three types of activities that need to be coordinated if desirable development outcomes are to be achieved. The private market system provides much of the motivation, incentives, and capital of the development process. The public sector regulates development in order to prevent land use conflicts and to help ensure that the location, type, density/intensity, and timing of development are consistent with public policy goals and the ability of land and public facilities to support development. The public sector also acts as a stimulant to private development through the construction of roads, schools, sewer and water systems, and other facilities that are necessary for land development. The specialization is concerned with how well these three functions are carried out and coordinated in order to improve the outcomes of the city building process. There is a special focus on the range of policy solutions implemented by government in the past, the methods of evaluating the need for policy solutions, and the methods for designing policy and implementation strategies.
Students specializing in land use and comprehensive planning must take the following three required courses:
- URP 5312 Issues in Comprehensive Planning and Growth Management
- URP 5316 Land Use Planning
Students must also take one of the following two courses:
- URP 5424 Sustainable Development
- URP 5731 Planning of Community Infrastructure
Students are also required to take one additional course selected from a list of approved courses that include, but are not limited to:
- URP 5272 Urban and Regional Information Systems
- URP 5350 Pedestrian-Oriented Communities
- URP 5526 Healthy Cities, Healthy Communities
- URP 5540 Economic Development
- URP 5716 Transportation and Land Use
- URP 5873 Site Planning and Land Use Analysis
Prospective students should contact the Department’s admissions coordinator for more information about the land use and comprehensive planning specialization. Current students should consult the graduate student handbook for more details about specialization and degree requirements.
Recent placements of graduates of the program that specialized in Land Use and Comprehensive Planning include:
- Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
- Florida Division of Emergency Management
- Florida Department of Transportation
- URS Corporation
- Renaissance Planning Group
- City of Monroe, North Carolina
- Greenburg-Traurig Law Firm
- Real Estate Research Consultants, Orlando, FL
- Leon County, FL Planning Department
- Escambia County, FL Planning Department
- Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council
- SW Georgia Regional Development
Specialization Research at FSU
Faculty research in this area has focused upon an assessment of state and local efforts at managing growth, with an emphasis upon these efforts Florida. Key publications and research efforts are highlighted below.
Chapin, T. and C. Coutts (eds.). 2011. Balancing Conservation and Development: Growth Management and Public Land Acquisition.Ashgate Press: London.
Chapin, T., C. Connerly, and H. Higgins (eds.). 2007. Growth Management in Florida: Planning for Paradise.Ashgate Press: London.
Chapin, T. 2012. “From Growth Controls, to Comprehensive Planning, to Smart Growth: Planning’s Emerging Fourth Wave.” Journal of the American Planning Association 78(1): 5-15.
Coutts, C., C. Basmajian, and T. Chapin. 2011. “Projecting Landscapes of Death.” Landscape and Urban Planning 102(4): 254-261.
Chapin, T., R. Deyle, and J. Baker. 2008. “A Parcel-Based GIS Method for Evaluating Conformance of Local Land-Use Planning with a State Mandate to Reduce Exposure to Hurricane Flooding.” Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, 35(2): 261-279.
Deyle, R., T. Chapin, and J. Baker. 2008. “The Proof of the Planning is in the Platting: An Evaluation of Florida’s Hurricane Exposure Mitigation Planning Mandate.” Journal of the American Planning Association 74(3): 349-370.
Baker, J., R. Deyle, T. Chapin, and J. Richardson. 2008. “Are We Any Safer? Comprehensive Plan Impacts on Hurricane Evacuation and Shelter Demand in Florida.” Coastal Management 36(3): 294-317.
Chapin, T. 2007. “Comment on Shishir Mathur’s ‘Do Impact Fees Raise the Price of Existing Housing?’.” Housing Policy Debate 18(4): 661-667.
Chapin, T. 2007. “Local Governments as Policy Entrepreneurs: Evaluating Florida's ‘Concurrency Experiment’." Urban Affairs Review 42(4): 505-532.
Chapin, T. and C. Connerly. 2004. “Attitudes Towards Growth Management in Florida: Comparing Resident Support in 1985 and 2001.” Journal of the American Planning Association 70(4): pp. 443-452.
Chapin, T. 2004. “Variations in Citizen Familiarity with Growth Management Processes: Evidence from Florida.” Urban Affairs Review, 39(4): pp. 441-460.
Florida Department of Transportation. US19 Corridor Study. T. Chapin and L. Stevens, PIs. $60,000, May 2013.
State of Florida Division of Emergency Management. Host Community Analysis. T. Chapin and L. Stevens, PIs. $80,000. March, 2012.
Jefferson County, Florida. Land Use Vision Plan. T. Chapin, PI. $20,000, August 2011.
State of Florida Department of Community Affairs-Division of Emergency Management. T. Chapin, P. Koeppel, and C. Coutts, PIs. “State of Florida Local Mitigation Strategy Plan Revision and Update.” $168,428. October, 2010.
Miami-Dade County Urban Development Boundary Analysis Project. EPA Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Program, through ICG International. Fulton, B. and T. Chapin, PIs. $6,000. February, 2010.
State of Florida Department of Community Affairs-Division of Emergency Management. T. Chapin, P. Koeppel, and C. Coutts, PIs. “Local Mitigation Strategy Program.” $479,491. April, 2009.
Federal Emergency Management Agency, Florida Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. H. Higgins, R. Deyle, and T, Chapin, PIs. “Integrating Hazard Mitigation into MPO Long Range Transportation Planning.” $912,042. January, 2008.
Century Commission for a Sustainable Florida. T. Chapin, PI. “A Regional Visioning Blueprint for Florida.” $15,000. September, 2007.
State of Florida Department of Community Affairs-Division of Community Planning. T. Chapin and Harrison Higgins, PIs. “Growth Management in Florida Program Evaluation.” $227,712. April, 2007.
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. 2006. K. Ihlanfeldt and T. Chapin, PIs. “Assessing U.S. Smart Growth Policies: The Florida Experience.” $60,000. December, 2006.
Century Commission for a Sustainable Florida. T. Chapin, PI. “Assessing Florida Citizen Attitudes Towards Growth, Growth Management, and Quality of Life Issues.” $9,775. July, 2006.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Florida Sea Grant Program. R. Deyle and T. Chapin, PIs. “Mitigating the Exposure and Vulnerability of Coastal Communities to Hurricane Flood Damage through Growth Management.” $150,000. September, 2003.
State of Florida Department of Community Affairs-Division of Emergency Management. R. Deyle and T. Chapin, PIs. “Assessing and Mitigating the Exposure of Coastal Communities to Hurricane Flood Damage through Growth Management.” $150,000. August, 2003.
Franklin County, Florida. H. Higgins, T. Chapin, and T. Taylor, PIs. “ComprehensivePlan Update.” $107,500. February, 2003.