CE 940 Transportation and Land Use Interactions


Spring, 1999


Thursday evenings, 5:30-8:30pm, Physics Building, Room 146


Instructor:  Prof Edward Beimborn, E371D, EMS, 229-4978, beimborn@uwm.edu


The purpose of this course will be to explore the relationship between transportation, infrastructure and land use.  The course will explore how land use patterns evolve, the effects of transportation and infrastructure and the positive and negative aspects of decentralized growth. Issues such as the impacts of urban sprawl, growth strategies, preservation of open space, prediction of future land use, and mechanisms to alter growth trends will be discussed.  The course will be a seminar format and use recent literature related to the topic.  Students will be expected to prepare and present a seminar paper related to the course.  Topic content and emphasis will vary based on student interest.


Course topics


Part 1:            Current patterns and effects of land use


Patterns of urban development and urban sprawl Ref: TCRP report, Costs of Sprawl Revisited.

Effects of sprawl, positive vs. negative?

Does development pay its way?  Sam White paper

Agriculture, farmland trust, farmland at risk study.  Economics of farmland preservation, Philadelphia conference

Joyce Foundation project.           


Part 2: Effects of transportation and infrastructure


            Waste disposal regulations and their affect

            Mound system regulations, etc

How much land use will require a highway widening? Density/infrastructure relationships.

Thresholds for public transit service.


Part 3:            Prediction of future development


Automated highway systems and land use

Impacts of Intelligent Transportation systems on land use

Expert panel method of land use forecasting,  workshop

Land use modeling, HLFM

            CBE 2040 study

            LUTRAC project, Portland Ore.

            TRANSIMS Project


Part 4:            Mechanisms to alter land use trends


Neo-traditional concepts, new urbanism.


Statewide transportation/land use policies Ref. FHWA land use report, UWM

                        Smart growth

                        Access management

                        Economic development programs


Transit based land use design, ref: UWM reports

                        Land use design exercise?

                        Retrofitting, existing urban areas

                        Bus vs. Light rail effects on development


Financial incentives for preservation of open spaces

                        Land trusts

                        Development rights purchase

                        Development rights transfer

                        Farmland preservation, differential taxation (Wisconsin programs)

                        Impact fees