What do Urban and Regional Planners do?
Develop comprehensive plans and programs for use of land and physical facilities of jurisdictions, such as towns, cities, counties, and metropolitan areas.
- 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.
- Discuss with planning officials the purpose of land use projects, such as transportation, conservation, residential, commercial, industrial, or community use.
- Recommend approval, denial, or conditional approval of proposals.
- 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.
- Create, prepare, or requisition graphic or narrative reports on land use data, including land area maps overlaid with geographic variables such as population density.
- Assess the feasibility of proposals and identify necessary changes.
- 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.
- 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.
- Supervise or coordinate the work of urban planning technicians or technologists.
- Investigate property availability.
- 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.
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