Land Use Planning
Over 40 years ago, Supreme Court Justice Brennan stated, "After all, a policeman must know the Constitution, then why not a planner?”, San Diego Gas & Electric Co. v. City of San Diego, 450 U.S. 621, 661, n.26 (1981) (Brennan, J., dissenting).
UEP’s courses in land use planning (including policy analysis) offer a process of guiding future development patterns and the mechanisms and limits of governments’ control over this process. Our courses immerse students in broad debates and critical thinking about the environment, government finance, human settlements, social and environmental justice, corporate responsibility, and land use, each guided by constitutional, equitable and pragmatic principles.
Our courses in land use, community development, land preservation and land use planning train professionals to become well versed in planning and legal aspects of government and the rural, urban, and regional issues encountered in public, private, and non-profit sectors.
Practice areas of our graduates include but are not limited to real estate development, land use, planning for Native American lands, marijuana cultivation and sale, housing development and policy, environmental planning and regulation, administrative and local government law, and regional economic development.
Field Project & Thesis Examples
- A Fairway Forward: Golf Course Conversions in Canton, Massachusetts
- Cracking the Code: How Boston is Trying to Address Child Care Through Zoning
- A Review of Structural Racism and the Built Environment in Massachusetts
- Reed & Barton Reimagined: Exploring the Redevelopment Potential of a Former Industrial Site in Norton, Massachusetts
- Mucking Around the Marsh: Resiliency Techniques and Recommendations for Marshland Management
- Growing the Mystic River Greenways
- Reclaiming the Rules of Land Use: Demystifying Zoning as an Anti-Displacement Strategy
- The Need for Rational Land Use Decision Making in Massachusetts: Recommending Massachusetts Adopt the Rhode Island Land Use Regulatory Framework (Dominic Leonardo, 2021)
- Collaborating for Climate Change Adaptation Planning at the Watershed Scale: A Case Study of the Resilient Mystic Collaborative (Carolyn Meklenberg, 2019)
- Impacts of Land Use Change on Guatemalan Food Sovereignty (John VanderHeide, 2018)
UEP 0173-01 Transportation Planning
UEP 0207-01/ENV 0109-01 Environmental Law
UEP 0194-03 Real Estate Development and Planning
UEP 0194-04 Native American Law and Policy
UEP/ENV 0200 Land Use Planning: Non-Regulatory
UEP/ENV 0201 Land Use Planning: Regulatory
UEP 0206 Planning for Low Impact Development
UEP 223 Fundamentals of US Agriculture
UEP 224 Public Health and the Built Environment
UEP 271 Community Economic Development
UEP 0279 Water Resources Policy & Planning & Watershed Management
UEP 285 Food Justices
UEP 293 Marijuana Policy, Planning and the Law
UEP 293-06 Urban Analytics and Visualization
UEP 294-05 Planning for Pedestrians and Cyclists
UEP 294-07 Local Government Finance
UEP 294-24 Housing, Neighborhoods and Schools