The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning

Smart Growth: Land Use, Transportation & Accessibility

This specialization focuses on how planning practices can preserve public goods such as air, water, and land; secure positive land-use interactions and avoid adverse ones; effectively enhance economic/fiscal benefits; create desirable and resilient places; apportion benefits and burdens equitably; and remove barriers experienced by many environmental justice populations. Accessibility looks to how transportation or transportation substitutes like the information technologies enrich people’s lives by giving them opportunities for employment, education, health care, etc. Market preferences today are much more diversified, with marked shifts towards communities that are interwoven with pedestrian-oriented features and easily accessible to jobs, services, and amenities. Students learn how these trends impact professional planning practice and develop the skills to craft effective Smart Growth policy responses.

Career Paths

Land-use and transportation are the traditional responsibilities of municipal and regional government agencies (planning, transportation, regional planning, public transportation departments). Other employment opportunities for students in this specialization are in state agencies and private architecture, planning and engineering consulting firms.


The primary CMP faculty teaching and conducting research in this area include:

Keith Bartholomew – land use law, transportation planning & policy, scenario planning, growth management, farmland preservation, environmental law

Reid Ewing – smart growth, urban design, climate change, transit-oriented development, traffic calming, traffic engineering, public health

Ivis García – asset based community development, community participation, diversity in planning, affordable housing, neighborhood business development, leadership theory, transit-oriented development, active transportation

Brenda Scheer – urban design, urban morphology, design guidelines, form-based codes, design review, smart cities, site planning, housing, new urbanism, transit-oriented development

Alessandro Rigolon – urban green space, environmental justice, green gentrification, health equity


Complete a total of 4 courses, including the Foundational Course, plus 3 electives from the elective list. Substitutions must be approved prior to taking the course.

Foundational course:

CMP 6270 Land Use and Transportation


CMP 6260 Graduate Workshop: Plan Making
CMP 6260 Graduate Workshop: Small & Resort Town Planning
CMP 6330 Growth Management Law & Policy
CMP 6390 Sustainability Planning
CMP 6410 Site Planning
CMP 6455 Advanced GIS Applications
CMP 6500 Preservation Theory & Practice
CMP 6620 Negotiation & Dispute Resolution
CMP 6700 Planning for Biking and Walking
CMP 6710 Introduction to Transportation Planning
CMP 7022 Quantitative Methods in Planning

Approved electives in other departments:

CVEEN 6560 Transportation Planning
CVEEN 7590 Public Transportation Systems
Law 7632 Environmental Planning Law & Policy