Ontario College Graduate Certificate in Applied Planning - Environmental Curriculum
Accepting Applications for September 2018
Courses and Descriptions
This course provides students with the opportunity to explore how GIS technology is being used in a wide variety of planning and permitting applications locally, provincially, nationally, and internationally. 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 the management of, or solution to, an environmental or community plan.
In many areas of the province and country, planning cannot be completed properly or ethically without including the Indigenous Community and a duty to consult these communities in the entire planning process. This course will be taught from an Indigenous perspective that is respectful of culture and Traditional Knowledge, yet attentive to the realities of contemporary science and planning processes. This course focuses on Indigenous community development and the needs of these communities now and in the future. Students will prepare a community land-use plan for an Indigenous community or a community land-use plan where Indigenous input is to be sought as integral to the plan.
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.
Communities receive their authority to regulate planning through Provincial legislation, and in some cases planning decisions are also guided by applicable Federal laws. This course introduces students to the enabling legislation that both authorizes and limits planning practices in Ontario. The Planning Act, related legislation, and the role of the Ontario Municipal Board Administrative Tribunals (i.e., the Ontario Municipal Board, Ontario Energy Board, Renewable Energy Approvals, Environmental Review Tribunal, National Energy Board) will be discussed. The Conservation Authorities Act, The Green Energy Act, Strong Communities Act, Development Charges Act, and the Municipal Act are some of the pertinent legislation covered in this course. The course will focus on those aspects of the planning process and law considered most relevant to planners practicing in Ontario.
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 will consider the underlying principles and planning theories which influence contemporary planning practice. This will include a review of theories of planning from historical approaches to current theories that inform the planning practice. Students will identify how planning theory influences practice with respect to community development and infrastructure, sustainability and urban and rural planning. This course also examines planning practice and ethics through studying the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) of Planner Code of Ethics. Various situations will be considered which may create ethical dilemmas for planners. Methods for exploring ethics as well as appropriate action to take in a professional context will be discussed through case studies and examples.
This course covers the underlying principles and methods of 3D modelling using current technologies and software. It provides grounding in the 3D tools offered and considers real world applications through a series of examples and exercises.
This comprehensive course follows on from Environmental and Natural Heritage Planning. The course 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. 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 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. Students will explore a range of environmental planning issues, including project scoping, stakeholder consultation and research and work on problems modelled on real-life situations. Techniques that planners use to identify, document, and address potential environmental impacts of land use and development will also be covered. The course will focus on human-environment interactions in urban and rural areas, but will also cover broader environmental planning applications.
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 a community land-use plan for a neighbourhood or other community. In doing so, students will be drawing on key themes within the 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.
Social planning is about change in our communities and how we manage it effectively. Social planning takes into consideration the impact of planning and development on people. 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 scientific data and explain it so that community members can develop a thorough understanding of the issues being discussed.
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.
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.