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Urban and Regional Planners

Urban and Regional Planners

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Urban and Regional Planners Description

Develop comprehensive plans and programs for use of land and physical facilities of jurisdictions, such as towns, cities, counties, and metropolitan areas.

Urban and Regional Planners Related Job Titles

Airport Planner, Building, Planning, and Zoning Director, City Designer, City Planner, City Planning Engineer, Community Development Director, Community Development Planner, Community Planning and Development Representative, Director of Planning, Economic Developer, Environmental Planner, Housing Development Specialist, Housing Grant Analyst, Master Planner, Neighborhood Planner, Planner, Planning Director, Program Services Planner, Regional Planner, Sustainable Communities Designer, Sustainable Development Policy Analyst, Traffic Expert, Transportation Analyst, Transportation Consultant, Transportation Planner, Transportation Project Manager, Urban Designer, Urban Planner, Urban Renewal Manager, Zoning Administrator,


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Urban and Regional Planners Tasks
Core Tasks
  • Assess the feasibility of proposals and identify necessary changes.
  • Discuss with planning officials the purpose of land use projects, such as transportation, conservation, residential, commercial, industrial, or community use.
  • Design, promote, or administer government plans or policies affecting land use, zoning, public utilities, community facilities, housing, or transportation.
  • Conduct field investigations, surveys, impact studies, or other research to compile and analyze data on economic, social, regulatory, or physical factors affecting land use.
  • Coordinate work with economic consultants or architects during the formulation of plans or the design of large pieces of infrastructure.
  • Keep informed about economic or legal issues involved in zoning codes, building codes, or environmental regulations.
  • Determine the effects of regulatory limitations on projects.
  • Hold public meetings with government officials, social scientists, lawyers, developers, the public, or special interest groups to formulate, develop, or address issues regarding land use or community plans.
  • Recommend approval, denial, or conditional approval of proposals.
  • Create, prepare, or requisition graphic or narrative reports on land use data, including land area maps overlaid with geographic variables such as population density.
  • Review and evaluate environmental impact reports pertaining to private or public planning projects or programs.
  • Advise planning officials on project feasibility, cost-effectiveness, regulatory conformance, or possible alternatives.
  • Mediate community disputes or assist in developing alternative plans or recommendations for programs or projects.
Supplemental Tasks
  • Advocate for sustainability to community groups, government agencies, the general public, or special interest groups.
  • Develop plans for public or alternative transportation systems for urban or regional locations to reduce carbon output associated with transportation.
  • Evaluate proposals for infrastructure projects or other development for environmental impact or sustainability.
  • Identify opportunities or develop plans for sustainability projects or programs to improve energy efficiency, minimize pollution or waste, or restore natural systems.
  • Supervise or coordinate the work of urban planning technicians or technologists.
  • Investigate property availability.

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