Profession land planner

Land planners visit sites in order to create projects and plans for land usage and development. They collect and analyse data about the land. Land planners provide advice on the efficiency and safety of development plans.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Enterprising

Knowledge

  • Geography

    The scientific discipline that studies the land, phenomena, characteristics and inhabitants of Earth. This field seeks to understand the natural and man-made complexities of Earth.

  • Urban planning law

    Investments and urban development agreements. Legislative developments regarding construction in terms of environmental, sustainability, social and financial matters.

  • Environmental policy

    Local, national and international policies dealing with the promotion of environmental sustainability and the development of projects which reduce negative environmental impact and improve the state of the environment.

  • Zoning codes

    The division of land into zones where various uses and activities are allowed, such as residential, agricultural, and industrial activities. These zones are regulated by legislative procedures and local authorities.

  • Engineering principles

    The engineering elements like functionality, replicability, and costs in relation to the design and how they are applied in the completion of engineering projects.

  • Topography

    Graphic representation of the surface features of a place or region on a map indicating their relative positions and elevations.

  • Geographic information systems

    The tools involved in geographical mapping and positioning, such as GPS (global positioning systems), GIS (geographical information systems), and RS (remote sensing).

  • Surveying

    The technique of determining the terrestrial or three-dimensional position of points and the distances and angles between them.

  • Civil engineering

    The engineering discipline that studies the design, construction and maintenance of naturally built works such as roads, buildings, and canals.

  • Surveying methods

    Have an understanding of surveying methods, remote sensing methods and equipment.

  • Technical drawings

    Drawing software and the various symbols, perspectives, units of measurement, notation systems, visual styles and page layouts used in technical drawings.

  • Urban planning

    Political and technical process that seeks to design the urban environment and optimize land use by considering various aspects such as infrastructure, water, and green and social spaces.

Skills

  • Compare survey computations

    Determine the accuracy of data by comparing computations with applicable standards.

  • Advise on architectural matters

    Provide advice on architectural design, based on knowledge of matters such as spatial division, balance of construction elements, and aesthetics.

  • Execute feasibility study

    Perform the evaluation and assessment of the potential of a project, plan, proposition or new idea. Realise a standardised study which is based on extensive investigation and research to support the process of decision making.

  • Advise on use of land

    Recommend the best ways to use land and resources. Advise on locations for roads, schools, parks, etc.

  • Provide technical expertise

    Provide expert knowledge in a particular field, especially concerning mechanical or scientific subjects, to decision makers, engineers, technical staff or journalists.

  • Process collected survey data

    Analyse and interpret survey data acquired from a wide variety of sources e.g. satellite surveys, aerial photography and laser measurement systems.

Optional knowledge and skills

record survey measurements operate surveying instruments conduct land surveys determine boundaries promote sustainability geology advise architects architecture regulations compile gis-data perform surveying calculations photogrammetry collect data using gps liaise with local authorities advise on building matters document survey operations building codes geodesy

Common job titles

  • Associate city planner - community planning and development
  • Assistant director - planning & development
  • Entry-level planner
  • Community planner
  • Planner i
  • Associate planner
  • Development services manager
  • City planner
  • Environmental planner – portland, or