Urban and Regional Planner

Urban and Regional Planners design and implement plans and advice for urban and rural land use. They provide information for environmental, economic and social factors affecting land development. They must have knowledge of spatial areas and uses as well construction factors influencing layout and design.

Duties and tasks

  • Act as specialist in project and building plans, presenting assessments and plans and offering advice and resolving disputes when needed
  • Analyse information on particular land from various fields and organisations on legislative material, socioeconomic factors, and environmental, cultural and demographic information
  • Assess environmental impact reports as well as complaints or concerns from community groups and organisations
  • Consult all relevant individuals, organisations and stakeholders in urban or regional area to gain perspective on all factors influencing planning process
  • Develop, assess and recommend appropriate development of land and areas, designing prospective plans for areas and projects
  • Evaluate government or organisations objectives budgetary limits for land development to create appropriate designs and plans
  • Research and inform on building codes, zoning areas and regulations and legislative aspects of planning

Skills required

  • Analytical Skills
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Problem Solving Abilities
  • Strong Visual and Oral Communication
  • Visual and Spatial Creativity

Working conditions

Urban and Regional Planners typically work Mondays to Fridays, but may be required to work evenings or weekends to meet deadlines and work with clients and stakeholders. They may work in office settings, workshops, or in the field surveying land and development areas and sites.

Professional associations / Industry information

Planning Institute of Australia 

Planning and Infrastructure (NSW) 

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  • Architect
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