Ontario College Graduate Certificate in Applied Planning - Environmental Curriculum
Accepting Applications for September 2019
Courses and Descriptions
Environmental planners must have a strong background in understanding ecological features, functions and systems. This understanding is fundamental to conducting site investigations, understanding the ecological context and providing sound advice and recommendations. This course will provide students with an in-depth understanding of the different environmental features and their associated functions, basic habitat and species identification skills and appropriate field technique. This will allow environmental planners to appropriately translate ecological information to planning recommendations.
This course provides students with the opportunity to explore how GIS technology is being used in the field of environmental planning. Hands-on experience using ArcView GIS will allow students to continue to develop their GIS analysis skills. Projects will provide the opportunity to use GIS as a tool to facilitate environmental management and planning including mapping, analysis and decision making.
This course introduces students to the basics of the planning process exploring the roles of various levels of government, the land use planning system in Ontario and the role of land use and environmental planners. In this course students will become familiar with the planning process, the key functions and roles of planners, basic planning techniques and how land use and environmental planning shapes our communities and contributes to sustainability. This course also examines planning practice and ethics through studying the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) of Planner Code of Ethics.
Communities receive their authority to regulate planning through Provincial legislation, and in some cases planning decisions are also guided by applicable Federal laws. Environmental planning also involves a wide variety of related environmental legislation and regulations. This course introduces students to the legislation relevant to environmental planners. The role of the courts and tribunals in environmental planning matters will also be discussed.
This course will provide an introduction to the key concepts and issues in the modern practice of environmental planning in Canada, and more specifically, in Ontario. Students will examine the impact of planning for watersheds and natural resources on the development of cities, towns, and rural communities and will also learn the fundamental components of the environmental planning process.
This course focuses on building skills that planners need in urban and rural contexts. Using case studies of the most current planning policies, this course focuses on urban design and growth management, including healthy community design, active transportation, mixed use development and affordable housing. It will also focus on planning issues unique to rural areas. Provincial plans and policies will be examined relative to the tools they provide planners to promote efficient and environmental sound growth.
Through the utilization of case studies, students will learn about the application of environmental planning through an examination of various scenarios including understanding the entire planning process from initial site investigations, constraints and opportunity analysis and the development of environmental planning recommendations. Students will also learn the complications that may arise when seeking approvals at any stage in the planning of lands relative to ecological considerations.
This course provides students with the opportunity to explore how geospatial computer applications may he used to advance and support environmental planning processes. Students will gain hands-on experience with ArcGIS collecting, integrating and manipulating spatial and non-spatial data for interpretation and geoprocessing. Final projects will provide the opportunity to use GIS as a tool to facilitate the management of - or solution to - a common environmental planning topic.
Engaged environmental planning is about sustainable change in our communities and how we manage it effectively. Effective and sustainable environmental planning takes into consideration the impact of planning and development on people and the environment. Sustainable community development is a process where community members come together to take collective action and generate solutions to common problems. Community engagement in problem-solving and decision-making using social media and other internet based tools will be discussed as methods to increase community involvement and input. Theories in stakeholder consultation and how these methods and results are considered in the decision making process. A critical skill honed in this course is for the student to be able to take environmental scientific data and explain it so that community members can develop a thorough understanding of the issues being discussed.
This course emphasizes the theories and concepts regarding planning with consideration for the natural environment and Natural Heritage. Natural Heritage Planning works to maintain, restore and enhance ecologically sustainable and resilient landscapes. The course also explores the methods used to conduct environmental assessments and impacts studies; the role of avoidance, mitigation and compensation; as well as emerging science and topics in such topics as restoration, rehabilitation and offsetting.
Environmental planning cannot be completed properly or ethically without including the Indigenous Community and incorporating the principle of free, prior and informed consent. This course will be taught from an Indigenous perspective that is respectful of culture and Traditional Knowledge. The first part of this course focuses on learning how to properly engage Indigenous communities including providing students with a historic and cultural sensitivity context for effective engagement. The second component of the course involves understanding Traditional Ecological Knowledge and its role in environmental planning.
Students will examine the planning issues related to the design, economics and multidisciplinary requirements of infrastructure development projects. An emphasis on the Environmental Assessment Act and related legislation will be reviewed to engage students in further understanding the Environmental Assessment process in Ontario. Development controls that direct planning of regions and communities will be examined. Students will learn the concepts required to prepare and review large scale municipal and provincial infrastructure development applications. Aspects of this course will also include budgeting, environment, and risk management when planning large-scale infrastructure a developments.
In this course, students will draw upon the wide range of skills developed during the Applied Planning program in order to prepare an environmentally based land-use plan for a neighbourhood or other community. In doing so, students will be drawing on key themes within the environmental planning process including relevant policy and legislation, principles of sustainable development, natural heritage systems planning as well as barriers and challenges to sustainable land use development to prepare a detailed area plan for a local municipal setting with a focus on sustainability. Both the project and classes explore important policy and development issues for planning sustainable communities. There is substantial emphasis on applied skills including project management, conflict resolution and critical thinking as they related to current applications of sustainability principles across the land use and environmental planning spectrum.
This is a 7 week opportunity for students to work with a business, industry or service provider and assist with a real and current problem and/or support the management of some aspect of community, rural, or urban development. Working closely with placement supervisors, the student will engage in plan development, citizen participation strategies, and plan implementation strategies. At the end of the placement, outcomes will be shared so that all students will benefit from the experiences of their classmates.