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PL417 Land Use Planning

Course description for academic year 2023/2024

Contents and structure

An introduction to municipal planning with emphasis on land use planning according to the Planning and building Act and environmentally sound principles for development in rural areas with small towns. Political aims and conflicting interests, Law and methods for physical planning.

Learning Outcome


Students know about:

  • key issues in land use planning and challenges associated with planning for sustainable development
  • the role and tasks of municipalities in the management system
  • the Planning and building Act: the planning system, requirements of planning processes and content


Students are able to:

  • prepare information for land use plans.
  • make Environmental assessment analyses and Risk and vulnerability analyses for nature hazards.

General competence

Students are able to:

  • understand and make use of municipal land use plans.
  • participate in planning processes.

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge

GE-413 Cartography and Geographical Information Systems and/or PL-416 Landscape analysis is recommended.

Teaching methods

Lectures and exercises.

Site inspection

Individual task

Project work in groups.

Compulsory learning activities

1. Individual work for about two-three weeks. Collect information about municipality plan and do a ROS-analysis

2. Exercise and project work in groups. Environmental assessment analyses

Both coursework requirements must be approved in order to take the exam.


Written examination under supervision, 4 hours.

Grading: A-F

Examination support material

Textbook and lecture notes

Essential websites will be made available

More about examination support material

Course reductions

  • BYG146 - Arealplanlegging for byggingeniør - Reduction: 5 studypoints
  • PL433 - Innføring i arealplanlegging - Reduction: 6 studypoints