Urban Planning for Non-Urban Planners

Online /
Aug 26 - 27, 2024 /
Course Code: 15-0819-ONL24

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  • Overview
  • Syllabus
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Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 2 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

10:00 am to 1:45 pm Eastern (Will include a 15-minute break)

While this topic is applicable to all provinces, current topics and challenges in Ontario’s planning will be discussed

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the role, importance, and necessity of urban planning
  • Learn the historical foundations and contemporary methods of planning
  • Explore policy and legal instruments used in urban planning
  • Stay informed about current issues and emerging themes in the field
  • Identify and address contemporary challenges in urban planning

Planning affects every aspect of daily life in our communities. This course covers what urban planning is, where it came from, key planning concepts and principles, and how planning is currently conducted. The current planning framework in Ontario will be described. Current directions and challenges in planning will be presented.

The range of planning approvals required for the development of communities will be reviewed with examples and described at their various scales of the region, city, neighbourhood and site. While this topic is applicable to all provinces, current topics and challenges in Ontario's planning will be discussed.

Who Should Attend
Persons whose work involves them directly or indirectly in the planning and development of communities, as well as persons looking for a better understanding of how planning intersects with their lives and communities.

More Information

Time: 10:00 AM - 1:45 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


What is Urban Planning?

Planning’s Origins and Influences

  • Historic Roots
  • The Modern Period

Key Planning Concepts and Principles

  • The Public Interest
  • Growth Management
  • Community Building and Design
  • Development Control

Roles and Responsibilities in Planning

  • Province
  • Municipalities

Planning In Practice Today

  • Policy (Provincial Plans, Official Plans)
  • Zoning By-laws
  • Plans of Subdivision
  • Site Plan Control
  • Urban Design
  • Development Approvals

Current Issues and Themes

  • Housing Supply and Affordability
  • Healthy, Sustainable and Complete Communities
  • Active Transportation and Complete Streets
  • Climate Change and Resiliency
  • Equity and Diversity

Current Challenges

  • Politics
  • NIMBYism
  • Capacity for Addressing the Problems and Issues


Martin Rendl, M.Sc.(Pl.), MCIP, RPP

Martin Rendl is a registered professional planner with more than 40 years of public and private sector experience in planning. His experience includes policy development, special studies, peer reviews, feasibility studies and development approvals. He has been qualified as an expert in land use planning to give evidence in legal proceedings related to planning. 

He has delivered courses on planning for architects and planners and spoken on a range of topics at conferences.

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Fee & Credits

$525 + taxes

  • 0.7 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 7 Continuing Professional Development Hours (PDHs/CPDs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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