Course Description

Explore Regulatory Issues in Land Use and Design

The land development entitlement process often seems like an incomprehensible maze. This course will help identify the various regulatory criteria that may affect project design, and the inter-connective, consecutive, and sequential processes required for governmental review and approval. Students will learn to recognize policy documents, zoning regulations, and environmental studies that may affect your project budgets and timelines.

Learner Outcomes

  • Understand the legal framework and societal objectives of the regulatory process
  • Introduction to General Plan, Specific Plan policy documents, and the role of state and federal agencies permit requirement
  • The organization of land use and design requirements of the Zoning Ordinance
  • The role of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) on project review, and evolving concepts that address climate change and sustainability
  • Understanding the Subdivision Map Act and basic engineering concepts

Course Details

Number of Units: 1.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: Professionals who wish to obtain a foundation for a career in real estate or students who seek to specialize within this one area of the real estate industry

Course Materials: All materials shared via Blackboard

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Applies Towards the Following Certificate(s), Professional Programs and Series


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Online Fixed-Date
6:00PM to 9:10PM
Aug 12, 2021 to Sep 02, 2021
Schedule and Location
  • Zoom
Course Format
Course Fee(s)
BUS PD credit $450.00
Available for Extension Credit
1.0 units
Section Notes

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Zoom logon, video iconThis course will be meeting via Zoom, meeting information and additional resources will be shared via Blackboard two days prior to the course start date.

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