Duane Leavitt, Maine Geological Survey (CREST project)
This activity is designed to engage students in a practical exercise in land use planning; to make the students aware of the positive and negative aspects of land use laws and local zoning ordinances through role-playing. The students represent groups interested in purchasing the same piece of land. Each group must research to devise a plan that is legal and attractive and present proposals to convince the current owners to sell the land to their group. The instructor is advised to use a real plot of land so that real land use laws can be researched.
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Part of the Starting Point collection. The Starting Point collection includes resources addressing the needs of faculty and graduate students designing, developing, and delivering entry-level undergraduate courses in geoscience.
Subject: Environmental Science:Land Use and Planning, Policy:Environmental Decision-Making Resource Type: Activities:Classroom Activity Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12), Middle (6-8) Theme: Teach the Earth:Teaching Environments:Intro Geoscience, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Environmental Science, Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Public Policy Environmental Policy: Environmental Decision-Making Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions Topics: Human Dimensions/Resources
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