City Planner Job Description

City Planner Job Description

May 31st, 2019

City Planners, also known as Urban Planners, revitalize cities by planning for the modernization or preservation of land within city limits. They forecast how a city will expand by analyzing population growth and they work with communities to determine their infrastructure needs, ensuring a community-oriented approach to urban development.

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We are looking for a forward-thinking City Planner to develop plans that plot out the best use of land and geographic resources in urban areas. The City Planner is responsible for planning resource-efficient urban infrastructures that will be long-lasting and sustainable.

To be successful as a City Planner you must be able to study a city's population and current use of land through surveys, field investigations, and other research methods.

City Planner Responsibilities:

  • Planning the design and construction of new urban infrastructures.
  • Assisting in the management of a city’s current infrastructure and urban resources.
  • Designing and adapting city plans for population growth and development.
  • Keeping communities informed of city planning developments.
  • Recommending the most suitable placement of various urban infrastructures, such as schools or roads.
  • Helping draft legislation pertaining to land use and development.
  • Ensuring the environment is protected throughout the planning and urban development process.
  • Suggesting and implementing zoning regulations for private properties, within urban areas.
  • Using computer software applications to assist the planning process, including mapping land areas, forecasting planning and development costs, and predicting trends, such as population growth.
  • Preparing reports that detail the location and characteristics of different urban infrastructures, as well as population factors.
  • Holding public meetings with government officials, land developers, lawyers, special interest groups, and the general public to address issues regarding urban land use and development.

City Planner Requirements:

  • Master's degree in urban or regional planning, environmental planning, urban design, or a related field preferred.
  • Previous experience working as a City Planner.
  • Certification with The American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), preferred.
  • Member of the American Planning Association (APA), preferred.
  • Superb project management skills.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Experienced at using Adobe Creative Suite programs, such as Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign.
  • Working knowledge of web-based mapping platforms, such as CartoDB and Mapbox.
  • Ability to generate high-quality graphics, diagrams, maps, sketches, and/or renderings.
  • Detailed knowledge of the principles behind new urbanism, transit-oriented development, and complete street design.

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