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An Introduction to Area Development Plans

COURSE NO: B02-001
An Introduction to Area Development Plans
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides an introduction to the ADP process that is commonly used in developing new project sites.  It presents the three processes involved in the preparation of an ADP as well as the data collection, analysis, evaluation and decision tasks that are necessary. It presents graphic examples of how to represent a land area so it can be evaluated and decisions made about a strategy for its development. The planning procedures described are a guide that can be modified to suit specific project requirements. These procedures provide a logical process that can be applied to a broad range of developments in order create a functional, efficient and environmentally sensitive Area Development Plan.


Facilities planning is an essential step in development of land for commercial, industrial, residential and public agency uses.  The three phases of a facilities planning process are: Master Planning, Area Development Planning and Site Planning. This course will focus on one of the three phases:  Area Development Planning (ADP).


This 2 PDH online course is intended for civil engineers, architects, land use planners, designers, developers and construction professionals who are involved in the preparation and implementation of Area Development Plans.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Learn about the three phases of facilities planning
  • Learn about the three processes in area development planning:  identification, evaluation and implementation
  • Learn about the roles of the design team
  • Learn about the area development plan
  • Learn how to use bubble diagrams and matrices to analyze functional relation ships
  • Learn the types of data that should be collected
  • Learn how to represent collected data on base maps
  • Learn how to develop and evaluate alternative area development plans
  • Learn the information that should be contained in a final area development plan
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled: "An Introduction to Area Development Plans".

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Introduction to Area Development Planning (3.7 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of fifteen (15) questions to earn 2 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.


The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

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