Unit 9: Human Population: Land Use / Urban Design
AP Environmental Science
La Canada High School
Human Population and Land Use
Adapted from Ben Smith, Palos Verdes High School
Purpose: To plan a county-wide area with a population of 154,800 people.
Explanation of basic theory behind land-use planning. This includes the need for zoning and compatible land-use planning. For example, you would never want to put a factory adjacent to a residential area. You need to be made aware of the need for commercial, residential and industrial areas, as well as, schools, parks, hospitals, airports, dumps, etc. After the explanation of land-use theory, you can start developing a land-use plan for "Spartan County", using the small map and legend as a sort of scratch sheet. Finish your preliminary plan as homework.
Second Day (Block day)
Work in teams of three or four, discuss the pros and cons of each of your plans and develop a group plan (on a small map of Spartan County) which incorporates the best ideas and compromises from the group as a whole. Then tape together a larger version of the map so you can make a finished product. Use color paper and markers to create a General Plan for the county based on the team's design. Glue and scissors are necessary for this part of the activity. The group will make a written report about their plan.
Each team will present their General Plan to the class and must justify their plan for SpartanCounty. Students in their seats must ask questions about the plan and make constructive criticism. Teams presenting must logically defend their plan.
Plans will be graded by fellow students using a rubric.