USC Price School of Public Policy

Sustainable Land Use Planning

MPL Concentrations

Sustainable Land Use Planning centers on community land use planning set in the context of regional growth or decline. The planning process involves forecasting transportation means, population growth and housing needs, together with providing comprehensive planning to accommodate that growth in a way that preserves and enhances local quality of life. Envisioning better futures, livability, environmental protection accessibility, mobility, and affordable housing production are all part of smart growth strategies for sustainable regional growth.

Suggested courses for students selecting this concentration include:

  • Comparative Urbanization, Development, and Inequality (PPD 615)
  • Housing Facilities and Community Development (PPD 618)
  • General Plans (PPD 620)
  • Environmental Impacts (PPD 621)
  • Design Skills for Urban Planners (PPD 627)
  • Geographic Information Systems for Policy, Planning, and Development (PPD 631)
  • Transportation and the Environment (PPD 692)
  • Coastal Policy and Planning (PPD 694)

Gateway Course:

  • Smart Growth and Urban Sprawl: Policy Debates and Planning Solutions (PPD 619)

Concentration Methodology Course:

  • Methodology, Methods and Tools for Urban Sustainability (PPDE 634)