Urban and Land Use Planners 


Urban and land use planners prepare and recommend land development plans for urban and rural areas and remote regions.


Work: Urban and land use planners perform some or all of the following duties: , Compile and analyze data on demographic, economic, legal, political, cultural, sociological, physical and other factors affecting land use; Confer with municipal, provincial and federal authorities, civic leaders, social scientists, lawyers, land developers, the public and special interest groups to formulate and develop land use or community plans; Prepare and recommend land development concepts and plans for zoning, subdivisions, transportation, public utilities, community facilities, parks, agricultural and other land uses; Prepare plans for environmental protection, such as wildlife preserves, national and provincial parks, and protection of watersheds; Present plans to civic, rural and regional authorities and hold public meetings to present plans, proposals or planning studies to the general public and special interest groups; Review and evaluate proposals for land use and development plans and prepare recommendations; Process application for land development permits and administer land use plans and zoning by-laws; Formulate long range objectives and policies relative to future land use and the protection of the environment; Supervise and co-ordinate work of urban planning technicians and technologists.

Title Examples: Planner, Site Planner, Urban and Regional Planner, Urban Planner

Useful Secondary School subjects: Math, Computer-related courses, Drafting, English, Blueprint reading

Degrees associated with this career: Diploma, Post-diploma, Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate

Requirements: A bachelor's degree in urban and regional planning, geography, architecture, engineering or a related discipline is required. , A master's degree in one of these disciplines may be required. , Membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners is usually required. , Membership in a provincial planning institute may be required in some provinces. In Quebec, they must be members of the Ordre professionnel des urbanistes du Qu├ębec.

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