Urban and land use planners (NOC 2153)

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Urban and land use planners:

  • develop plans and recommend policies for managing land use, physical facilities and associated services for urban and rural areas and remote regions
  • work for all levels of government, land developers, engineering and other consulting companies, or as private consultants.
Common job titles
  • analyst, mass transit services
  • analyst, transportation route planning
  • officer, zoning - land use
  • planner, municipal park / neighbourhood
  • planner, site
  • planner, transportation
  • analyst, mass transit services
  • analyst, transportation route planning
  • officer, zoning - land use
  • planner, city land use / regional
  • planner, environmental
  • planner, land use - long-range / heritage

Duties

Urban and land use planners perform the following duties:

  • compile and analyze data affecting land use, such as demographics, economics, law, politics, culture, sociological factors and physical characteristics
  • meet with civic leaders, social scientists, lawyers, land developers, the public and special interest groups and municipal, provincial and federal authorities to develop land use and community plans
  • prepare and recommend land development concepts and plans for zoning, subdivisions, transportation, public utilities, community facilities, parks and agricultural and other land uses
  • Prepare plans for environmental protection, such as wildlife preserves, protection of watersheds and national and provincial parks
  • present plans to civic, rural and regional authorities
  • 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
  • prepare recommendations for land use and development plans
  • process applications for land development permits
  • carry out land use plans and zoning by-laws
  • plan long-range goals and policies regarding future land use and the protection of the environment
  • supervise and coordinate work of urban planning technicians and technologists

Work environment

Work in this occupation is typically performed in a structured environment, such as an office.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Promotion to management positions in planning is possible with experience.

Additional resources