SPD104 - Site Planning and Development

Outline info
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Subject Title
Site Planning and Development

Subject Description
In this course, students learn about the site planning and development process. Focus areas include site analysis, preliminary design, density, walkability and circulation, policies and by-laws, and the final approval process. An overview of the land development regulatory process is provided, which considers zoning issues, context, and infrastructure. Sustainable development techniques are also emphasized throughout the course.

Credit Status
One credit toward the Sustainable Planning and Development Certificate program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Navigate the various legislative, policy, and regulatory documents.

  2. Process site plan applications and other development applications, from the pre-consultation stage to final approval.

  3. Evaluate the various elements and nuances of the site plan and development review process.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

Unit 1 Course Introduction: Provincial Regulations and Types of Development Applications
Unit 2  Site Plan/Development Applications and Processing Tools
Unit 3 Roles and Responsibilities: Internal Departments, External Agencies, Public, Applicants/Agents, and Elected Representatives
Unit 4  Preliminary Application: Reviews and Pre-Consultation Basics
Unit 5  Work Session and Practical Application:  Pre-Consultation Meetings
Unit 6  Submissions and Reviews: Project Teams, Application Submission and Completeness, and Application Circulation
Unit 7  Application Review, Coordination, Crafting of Comments, and Critical Paths
Unit 8  Participatory Practices: Public Consultation and Stakeholder Engagement
Unit 9  Negotiation and the Planning Process
Unit 10  Work Session and Practical Application: Preparation of Key Documents
Unit 11 Navigating the Process:  Reporting, Agreements, Conditions, and Securities
Unit 12  Approvals: Site Plan Approvals and Development Implementation
Unit 13  Work Session and Practical Application: Presentations
Unit 14 Course Wrap Up/Evaluations

Mode of Instruction
Lectures, group work, class discussions, written assignments, and presentations.

Prescribed Texts
LaGro Jr., James. 2007. Site Analysis: A Contextual Approach to Sustainable Land Use Planning and Site Design. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN: 978- 0471797982

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

  • Assignments are due at the beginning of the class on which they are due.
  • A late penalty of 10% per day is assessed for late assignments, including those not handed in at the beginning of class when due.
  • Material will not be accepted after one week following the due date and/or when the marked material is returned to students, whichever comes first.
  • Assignments are to be prepared by computer.

English Proficiency
  • All written work should demonstrate the following characteristics for clarity and conciseness:
    • writing is consistent with the rules of English grammar
    • spelling and punctuation are correct
    • sentences are structured correctly
    • main ideas are supported with specific, relevant examples and reasons
    • work flows logically through supporting statements/paragraphs
    • work is arranged in correct format (e.g., as a report, essay)
    • up to 10% of the final grade may be deducted on all work if the above English competencies are not met.

Format for Assignments
Students must use the standard, APA style for quoting sources.   Help is available at:  http://library.senecacollege.ca

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:
Tests 30%
In-class Exercises 20%
Assignmens 20%
Final Presentation 30%
Total 100%


Approved by: Denis Gravelle