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Salary Range
€26k - €46k
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In Brief...

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.

Knowledge

  • 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.
  • Geography Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
  • Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

Skills

  • 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.
  • Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.

In Summary - Town & Country Planner

Career Sectors

Town & Country Planners typically work in the following Career Sectors:

Local Government
Government, Politics & EU

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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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Further Information

The Work - Town & Country Planner

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.

Most commonly reported Work Tasks

  • 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.

Most commonly reported Work Activities

  • Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • 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.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • 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.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
  • Analyzing Data or Information Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

Interests - Town & Country Planner

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:

Investigative

The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.

Enterprising

Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.

Creative

Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.

Qualities

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.

Entry Requirements - Town & Country Planner

Pay & Salary - Town & Country Planner

Salary Range (thousands per year)* €26k - €46k

Data Source(s):
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.

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