Town Planners Impact and Responsibilities in Community Development
The town planners are the one responsible for the development of the communities where they work often by providing recommendations on the proper locations for social amenities and offering of zoning regulations and suggestions to improve the quality of life for citizens within the community.
Town planners often promote the best use of a particular resource for residential and commercial purposes, they also suggest solutions to environmental concerns, such as landfill construction and pollution control. The town planners also check the social facilities to make sure that they meet the communities needs, and they will deal with land use issues that are caused by expanding the populations.
Essential of Information Technology to the Town Planners
Use of computers to analyze complex demographic information and geographical information systems (GIS) to map out various land areas and decide their best application now common for town planners. Town planners usually focus on a particular area of interest, such as residential or commercial construction, depending on the size of the region in which they work.
It is common for the town planners to work a 40-hour work week that is fairly low stress, although they may have to work evenings to meet with citizens groups. Most town planners have a master’s degree from an Urban Planning program such as those offered by the Planning Accreditation Board. In an educational program, someone will need to learn various subjects which relate to land use and computer use, in addition to learning how to use statistics and geographic information systems (GIS) properly.
The town planners held about 34,000 jobs in 2006 in America, with about 75% of these people are employed by the governments.
Fast employment growth is expected for the town planners as the population expands, and an increased concern for the environment will lead to 15% growth over the next decades. Most of this new job growth will be in the field of the government organization, as rapidly expanding infrastructures such as fire stations, schools, sewer systems, roads, and other facilities will need to be placed properly and with environmental safety in mind. While a smaller sector of the planning a job market, the private sector will be growing fast as firms develop improve security measures for their facilities.
The town planners often confer with land developers, civic leaders, and public officials to act as a mediator in the community disputes, presenting alternatives that are acceptable to opposing parties. Town planners often prepare material for community relations programs, speak at civic meetings, and appear before legislative committees and elected officials to explain and defend their proposals.
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