ESP171_syllabus

ESP171_syllabus - ESP 171 Environmental Planning with a...

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1 ESP 171 Environmental Planning with a focus on Local Planning and Growth Management Lectures: TTh 12:10-1:30 Temporary Classroom 3 Sections: M 9 – 9:50 167 Olson M 10 – 10:50 115 Wellman M 1:10 – 2:00 101 Olson Instructor: Susan Handy Office: 2142 Wickson Hall Office hours: TTh 2:30 – 4:00 e-mail: slhandy@ucdavis.edu Teaching Asst: Sam Veloz Office: 1354 Academic Surge Office hours: M 11:30-12:30 T 1:30-3:30 e-mail: sdveloz@ucdavis.edu Background and Objectives According to the Governor’s Environmental Goals and Policy Report, the population of California is expected to grow by about 500,000 residents per year, reaching 42 to 46 million by 2020 and 60 million by 2040. An additional 220,000 housing units per year will need to be built to meet the growing demand. The most rapid growth will occur in the agriculturally rich Central Valley and in the environmentally sensitive Sierra foothills. If development continues according to current patterns, 45,000 acres of open land will be urbanized each year. This growth will exacerbate current problems associated with our existing population: vehicle travel is growing faster than population, over 90% of Californians currently breathe unhealthy air, water supplies are unreliable and diminishing, increased impervious cover is degrading water quality, native vegetation important for biodiversity has been lost, habitat quality has been degraded, the number of endangered animal and plant species in the state has increased. How population growth in California is accommodated will determine how much worse such problems will get: the future of our cities and the future of our environment are inextricably linked. This course explores the ways in which cities plan for growth and asks how cities can shape their future in a way that minimizes the harm to the environment while also meeting the needs of their residents. The course will introduce students to standard city planning tools (the general planning, zoning ordinances), as well as innovative tools that cities are using to manage their growth in an environmentally sensitive way. The focus of the course is on planning requirements and practices in California, though examples from elsewhere in the U.S. will also be considered. The relationships between local, state, and federal policy, will also be considered. The objective of the course is for
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2 students to acquire a basic understanding of local planning and its contribution to environmental planning more generally. Assignments and Grading The assignments for the course are designed to ensure that students learn basic concepts of city planning, explore ways in which city planning can address environmental problems, and further develop skills in critical thinking and effective writing. Students will complete three short papers over the course of the quarter, described below. In addition, a midterm and a final will be given. Each student will give a short presentation during discussion section at the end of the quarter on his or her
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