This course combines both the theory and practice of strategic and comprehensive planning.  Strategic planning had its inception in public corporations, the military and non-profit organizations.  Comprehensive planning is an older, more traditional planning technique used by public jurisdictions.  This course will illustrate how various jurisdictions around the United States develop their Comprehensive Plans (called General Plans in Arizona) and will focus on how they can become more sustainable and embrace more proactive planning techniques. 

Learning Objectives
At the end of the semester, students should know:

  • What a “normal” general plan looks like–its objectives, the ways in which it frames the issues;
  • The elements of strategic planning and how they complement or conflict with how comprehensive and general plans are formulated or structured;
  • Methods and controls for developing strategies and implementation options for plans; and
  • The challenges and nuances associated with planning for non-traditional communities.

May be convened with: PLG 412

Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E