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An Introduction to the Facilites Planning Process: Area Development Plans

J. Paul Guyer, P.E., R.A., Fellow ASCE, Fellow AEI

Course Outline

I.  Introduction

      A.  Land Use Planning:  The Big Picture
      B.  Area Development Plan
      C.  Design Team

II.  The Area Development Plan
      A.  Purpose
      B.  The Area Development Plan Process
                  1.  Identification
                              a.  Goals and Objectives
                              b.  Facility and Land Area Requirements
                              c.  Functional Relationships
                              d.  Base Map and Data Collection
                  2.  Evaluation
                              a.  Area Analysis
                              b.  Opportunities and Constraints
                              c.  Alternative Plan Development
                              d.  Alternative Plan Evaluation
                              e.   Final Area Development Plan

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will:

Intended Audience

Architectural, civil, structural, mechanical and electrical engineers; federal, state and local public works and infrastructure officials; and managers with private companies responsible for design, construction, operation and maintenance of buildings and related infrastructure.

Benefit for Attendee

Participants will receive the framework they need to take a leadership position in implementation of a facilities planning activity.

Course Introduction

1.  Your will learn about the three levels of a facilities planning process:  Master Plan, Area Development Plan and Site Plan. 

2.  This seminar will focus on a process to use in developing an Area Development Plan for residential, commercial, industrial and public agency developments.

3.  You will see graphic examples of how to represent a land area so it can be evaluated and decisions made about a strategy for its development.

About Course Author

Paul Guyer is a registered mechanical engineer, civil engineer, fire protection engineer and architect with over 35 years experience in the design of buildings and related infrastructure.  For an additional 9 years he was a senior-level advisor to the California Legislature on infrastructure and capital outlay issues.  He has designed and supervised the design of hundreds of construction projects requiring the preparation of detailed working drawings and specifications for federal, state and local public agencies and private companies.  He is a graduate of Stanford University and has held numerous national, state and local positions with the American Society of Civil Engineers and National Society of Professional Engineers.

Course Content

The course content is contained in the following PDF file:

An Introduction to the Facilites Planning Process: Area Development Plans

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Course Summary

Facilities planning is an essential step in development of land for commercial, industrial, residential and public agency uses.  This course will tell you how to prepare one of the key elements in the facilities planning process:  Area Development Plans (ADP).  You will learn the three phases to go through in preparing an ADP, and the data collection, analysis, evaluation and decision tasks that are necessary.  This course will give you a framework you can apply to a broad range of developments in order create a functional, efficient and environmentally sensitive project for your company, client or agency.


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.