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Career Land Use Planner

  1. 1. Smart Growth Smart growth is about creating a thriving communities without adversely impacting our surrounding environment. Moreover, smart growth requires the simultaneous evaluation of social, economic, and the environmental impacts of growth.
  2. 2. Principles of Smart Growth <ul><li>Utilizing Existing Community Assets </li></ul><ul><li>Mixing Land Uses </li></ul><ul><li>Preserving Open Space, Farmland, Natural Beauty, and Critical Environmental Areas </li></ul><ul><li>Providing a Variety of Transportation Choices </li></ul><ul><li>Encouraging Community and Stakeholders Participation in Development Decisions </li></ul><ul><li>Making Development Decisions Predictable, Fair, and Cost-Effective </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthening and Encouraging Growth in Existing Communities </li></ul><ul><li>Found at http://www.smartgrowth.org/default.asp </li></ul>
  3. 3. Land Use Planners <ul><li>A land use planner is someone carefully considers what social, economic, and environmental impacts growth has on a community. </li></ul><ul><li>In addition, the land use planner has to develop alternative plans of how to best use a particular piece of land. </li></ul><ul><li>The main focus of a land use planner is to find the right balance between the big three and guide important actors like developers, city officials, and the community in the direction of smart growth. </li></ul>
  4. 4. What exactly do you do? <ul><li>Review project proposals and environmental impact statements </li></ul><ul><li>Provide government boards with information on the impacts that a proposed project has on the community. </li></ul><ul><li>Analyzes data, drafts contracts, and creates plans to promote smart growth </li></ul><ul><li>Required to catch and mitigate proposed plans that threaten the basic principles of smart growth </li></ul><ul><li>Workers closely with an array of people to discuss the planning process. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>This board promotes compact communities, land conservation, and urban revitalization. </li></ul><ul><li>For example, the Metropolitan Council, Twin Cities, MN provided funding for local municipalities to clean up land for redevelopment, create more affordable housing, and apply smart growth principles. </li></ul><ul><li>Found at http://www.abag.ca.gov/planning/theoryia/ </li></ul>
  6. 6. Qualifications <ul><li>A bachelor's degree in planning is required. So pursue fields like architecture, geography, or social sciences </li></ul><ul><li>Master’s degree is highly recommended </li></ul><ul><li>Programs accredited by Planning Accreditation Board are highly recommended </li></ul><ul><li>Becoming a certified planner, through the American Institute of Certified Planners is an asset </li></ul><ul><li>Being familiar with GIS and other computer programs is vital </li></ul><ul><li>General understanding of local and/or federal government </li></ul>
  7. 7. Other Helpful Tools <ul><li>Visit the Planning Accreditation Board website www.acsp.org/pab . There you will find out which schools have accredited planning programs and much more. </li></ul><ul><li>Also visit the American Institute of Certified Planners website www.planning.org/aicp . There you will find what exams and when exams to become accredited are offered and other important information </li></ul>
  8. 8. Job Opportunities <ul><li>Employment figures estimate 33,000 land use planners and demand is increasing as environmental awareness and pressures increase </li></ul><ul><li>Public sector makes up 70 percent of jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Private sector makes up 30 percent of jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Public vs. Private: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In the public sector you are vulnerable to funding cuts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In the private sector you might not have the influence you desire, but that depends on several factors </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Show Me the $$$ <ul><li>Potential Earnings : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Entry-level salaries: $32,800 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Median salary: $51,570 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Most earnings range from $40,650 to $65, 115 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Working for private firms can earn you a top salary of $79,000 </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Why I am I interested? <ul><li>I enjoy learning about public policy and land use planning is a branch of public policy </li></ul><ul><li>In addition, I like the idea of incorporating social, economic, and environmental impacts when thinking about growth </li></ul><ul><li>I also think that in this field you have many opportunities to learn about new things, since the community changes along with environmental pressures. I think it is a very dynamic career that allows you to think creatively and broadly. </li></ul>

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