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Town & Country Planner

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Help to shape the way towns and cities develop by balancing the competing demands placed on land by housing, business, transport and leisure, and making sure plans meet the economic and social needs of the community.

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Pio Condon
Senior Executive Planner  

Pio Condon is a Senior Executive Planner with Cork County Council. He holds a Diploma in Construction Studies and also has a Degree in Town and Country Planning. It is a heavily regulated area and is based on a legal system approach. Hence, significant volumes of regulation, guidelines and case law need to be understood and applied to specific development proposals.

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Urban and Regional Planning is a profession engaged in guiding the development of the physical environment, man-made and natural, in response to the needs of society. As environmental problems increase in complexity and the rate of change of societies accelerates, the need for planning becomes even greater. They strive to achieve a balance between demands for land and its use. Some of their work involves liaising with contractors, agencies and public organisations. They also organise public meetings.  
The profession embraces a wide variety of disciplines, including the social and behavioural sciences, architecture and engineering. The expertise of the Professional Planner lies in an ability to synthesise and order competing demands and to present, and assist in the management of, programmes for development that maximise the benefits to society. They monitor developments to make sure plans are adhered. Anyone looking to develop land needs to seek planning permission first.  
The work of the Planner can involve the assessment of planning applications for development and may involve site inspections, consultations with developers and/or architects as part of the process of advising the City or County Manager.  
Another aspect of practice as a Planner involves preparing and reviewing Development Plans for urban and rural areas in line with the planning acts and environmental standards and requirements.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation


Hold public meetings with government officials, social scientists, lawyers, developers, the public, or special interest groups to formulate, develop, or address issues regarding land use or community plans.


Discuss with planning officials the purpose of land use projects, such as transportation, conservation, residential, commercial, industrial, or community use.


Recommend approval, denial, or conditional approval of proposals.


Design, promote, or administer government plans or policies affecting land use, zoning, public utilities, community facilities, housing, or transportation.


Conduct field investigations, surveys, impact studies, or other research to compile and analyze data on economic, social, regulatory, or physical factors affecting land use.


Create, prepare, or requisition graphic or narrative reports on land use data, including land area maps overlaid with geographic variables such as population density.


Assess the feasibility of proposals and identify necessary changes.


Coordinate work with economic consultants or architects during the formulation of plans or the design of large pieces of infrastructure.


Keep informed about economic or legal issues involved in zoning codes, building codes, or environmental regulations.


Determine the effects of regulatory limitations on projects.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.


Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.


Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.


Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.


Developing Objectives and Strategies:  Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.


Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.


Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.


Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.


Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others:  Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.


Analyzing Data or Information:  Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.


Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.


English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


Law and Government:  Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.


Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.


Transportation:  Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.


Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.


Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Systems Analysis:   Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.


Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Systems Evaluation:   Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.


Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Planners should be motivated by a keen interest in the environment, having regard to the needs of all sections of society.  
Planners require good communication skills and, increasingly, they must have the management expertise both to efficiently organise their workload and ensure the implementation of plans and projects. You should have an eye for detail. Being able to work as part of a team is important. You should also have a keen interest in the environment.

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Go..Conservation and Design Officer - from:  icould [UK] Video
Go..Town Planner - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Town planner - from:  GradIreland
Go..Town Planning Support Staff - from:  N.C.S. [UK]

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Organisation: Public Appointments Service
  Address: Chapter House, 26/30 Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1
  Tel: (01) 858 7400 or Locall: 1890 44 9999
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Organisation: Irish Planning Institute
  Address: Floor 3, The Courtyard, 25 Great Strand St, Dublin 1.
  Tel: (01) 878 8630
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