Course Syllabus



URP 6132 Growth Management Seminar

Summer 2021 Academic term

3 credits

Letter grading scheme

Prerequisite: URP 6131 Land Use Planning Law


W. Thomas Hawkins, JD, AICP

Program Director and Lecturer

Department of Urban and Regional Planning

College of Design, Construction, and Planning


Work: (352) 294-1483

Cell: (352) 377-3141



You may call me, send me email, or message me through Canvas during daytime hours (eastern standard time) seven days a week. If I am not immediately available, I will respond to your communication as soon as is practical. If you would like to meet personally, I am happy to schedule a time convenient to us both to meet in my office. In addition, I reserve the hours from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST every Wednesday to meet with students. You may schedule a meeting during these hours in advance. You may also meet with me in those hours unscheduled, though I will prioritize speaking with students who reserve time in advance.


Description from Graduate Catalog

Introducing students with an interest in land use planning to the evolution of growth management planning law in Florida.


Week 1

Readings on the Quiet Revolution

Discussion: Introduction

Week 2

Readings on growth management evolution

Seminar paper assignment: Topic selection

Week 3

Readings on affordable housing and access to cities

Discussion: Are local governments responsible for affordable housing?

Case study: Collier County Rural Land Stewardship Area

Week 4

Readings on infrastructure and sprawl

Discussion: Do you care about sprawl?

Seminar paper assignment: Annotated bibliography

Week 5

Readings on infrastructure and urban form

Case study: Babcock Ranch, Charlotte County

Week 6

Readings on equity and community change

Discussion: How do your values influence your opinion of gentrification?

Seminar paper assignment: Literature review

Week 7

Readings on form based codes

Case study: St. Joe Company, Bay-Walton Sector Plan

Week 8

Readings on the New Urbanism

Discussion: Is the New Urbanism a trend or a permanent realignment?

Seminar paper assignment: Submit draft

Week 9

Readings on market demand for walkable urbanism

Discussion: Does walkable urbanism matter to you?

Case study: Deseret Ranches, Osceola County

Week 10

Readings on growth management today

Week 11

Readings on the case for regulation

Discussion: What is the future of land use regulation?

Seminar paper assignment: Submit final

Week 12: Seminar paper None


Grading Policy

The course includes the following assignment categories. The grades you earn on assignments in
each category will contribute to your course score in the following proportions. 

Proportionate assignment weight

Assignment or assignment group
Weight toward final score
Discussions 10%
Seminar paper assignment: Topic selection 15%
Seminar paper assignment: Annotated bibliography 15%
Seminar paper assignment: Literature review 15%
Seminar paper assignment: Submit draft 15%
Seminar paper assignment: Submit final 30%


Letter grades and grade points correspond with these scores.

Grade Grade Points Score


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Attendance Policy

Requirements for class attendance and make-up exams, assignments, and other work in this course are consistent with university policies that can be found here

If you are enrolled in a residential section of the course, absence from more than 15% of classes will result in you earning no credit for class attendance. If you believe that a specific absence should be excused pursuant to university policies, retain your records related to that absence. If you exceed the permitted number of absences, you may request some absences be excused and may provide supporting documentation. 

Learning management system contains additional course information

The learning management system contains additional course information, including assignment descriptions and details on how the instructor will score individual assignments.


Excused absences must be consistent with university policies in the Graduate Catalog  and require appropriate documentation. Additional Information can be found here. 

More Information on UF grading policy may be found here. 

Students requiring accommodations
Students with disabilities requesting accommodations should first register with the Disability Resource Center  (352-392-8565) by providing appropriate documentation. Once registered, students will receive an accommodation letter which must be presented to the instructor when requesting accommodation. Students with disabilities should follow this procedure as early as possible in the semester.

Course evaluation
Students are expected to provide professional and respectful feedback on the quality of instruction in this course by completing course evaluations online via GatorEvals. Guidance on how to give feedback in a professional and respectful manner is available online. Students will be notified when the evaluation period opens, and can complete evaluations through the email they receive from GatorEvals, in their Canvas course menu under GatorEvals, or via this link. Summaries of course evaluation results are available to students here.

University Honesty Policy
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Software use

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Our class sessions may be audio visually recorded for students in the class to refer back and for enrolled students who are unable to attend live. Students who participate with their camera engaged or utilize a profile image are agreeing to have their video or image recorded.  If you are unwilling to consent to have your profile or video image recorded, be sure to keep your camera off and do not use a profile image. Likewise, students who un-mute during class and participate orally are agreeing to have their voices recorded.  If you are not willing to consent to have your voice recorded during class, you will need to keep your mute button activated and communicate exclusively using the “chat” feature, which allows students to type questions and comments live. The chat will not be recorded or shared. As in all courses, unauthorized recording and unauthorized sharing of recorded materials is prohibited. 


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