Develops comprehensive plans and programs for the use of land and physical facilities of local jurisdictions, such as towns, cities, counties, and metropolitan areas. Records and analyzes information, and prepares reports and recommendations for governmental officials and others. Uses computer databases, spreadsheets, analytical techniques, and computerized geographic information systems.
This career is part of the Government and Public Administration cluster Planning pathway.
A person in this career:
- Holds 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.
- Designs, promotes, or administers government plans or policies affecting land use, zoning, public utilities, community facilities, housing, or transportation.
- Advises planning officials on project feasibility, cost-effectiveness, regulatory conformance, or possible alternatives.
- Discusses with planning officials the purpose of land use projects, such as transportation, conservation, residential, commercial, industrial, or community use.
- Recommends approval, denial, or conditional approval of proposals.
- Conducts field investigations, surveys, impact studies, or other research to compile and analyze data on economic, social, regulatory, or physical factors affecting land use.
- Determines the effects of regulatory limitations on land use projects.
- Advocates for sustainability to community groups, government agencies, the general public, or special interest groups.
- Mediates community disputes or assists in developing alternative plans or recommendations for programs or projects.
- Keeps informed about economic or legal issues involved in zoning codes, building codes, or environmental regulations.
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