Land Use and Land Use Cover Change Analysis in the Public Planning Process

Jonathan Schmidt | Graduate Student Researcher (MEDes)

Michael Quinn | Faculty Supervisor

This work explores how land use and land cover change analysis can be integrated into the public planning process of a rural municipality. It begins by highlighting the normative constraints and opportunities to integrating land use and land cover analysis within the framework of dialogical planning. It then explores the descriptive potential for land use and land cover analysis through the use of a case study in the Municipal District of Foothills, Alberta. This MDP argues that there are both normative and descriptive opportunities for a more intentional inclusion of land use and land cover analysis in the public planning process.