Urban and land use planners (NOC 2153)

About this job

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.

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People in this career 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, city land use / regional
  • planner, environmental
  • planner, land use - long-range / heritage


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.

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