What do planners do?
A planner's activities include designating land use, designing social and community services, managing cultural and heritage resources, creating economic capacity in local communities and addressing transportation and infrastructure.
Planners may work for the public or the private sector—but ultimately their work always touches on public policy. They balance various private interests with the public interest and identify viable options.
Planners work for the public good, taking health, aesthetics, equity and efficiency into consideration. Planning respects the land as a community resource, contributing to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage, and promoting healthy communities and improvements to quality of life.
To meet increasingly complex urban challenges, planners need to know about land, air and water resources, employment trends, cultural diversity and associated issues, new technologies, and conflict resolution.
As a planner, you may:
recommend policy and guidelines on land use, environmental conservation, housing, and transportation;
prepare reports on demographic, economic, cultural, social and environmental issues;
review proposals for development to ensure that they follow regulations and generally accepted planning practice;
prepare plans for developing private lands, providing public spaces and services and maintaining and improving the environment; and
consult with landowners, interest groups and citizens.