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Urban and land use planners

OaSIS code 21202.00

Urban and land use planners develop plans and recommend policies for managing land use, physical facilities and associated services for urban and rural areas and remote regions.

Overview

Also known as

  • Community and urban planner
  • Environmental planner
  • Land use planner
  • Municipal planner
  • Park planner
  • Planner
  • Recreation planner
  • Regional planner
  • Urban planner

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Compile and analyze data on demographic, economic, legal, political, cultural, sociological, physical and other factors affecting land use
  • Confer with municipal, provincial and federal authorities, civic leaders, social scientists, lawyers, land developers, the public and special interest groups to formulate and develop land use or community plans
  • Prepare and recommend land development concepts and plans for zoning, subdivisions, transportation, public utilities, community facilities, parks, agricultural and other land uses
  • Prepare plans for environmental protection, such as wildlife preserves, national and provincial parks, and protection of watersheds
  • Present plans to civic, rural and regional authorities and hold public meetings to present plans, proposals or planning studies to the general public and special interest groups
  • Review and evaluate proposals for land use and development plans and prepare recommendations
  • Process application for land development permits and administer land use plans and zoning by-laws
  • Formulate long-range objectives and policies relative to future land use and the protection of the environment
  • Supervise and coordinate work of urban planning technicians and technologists.

Additional information

  • Progression to management positions in planning is possible with experience.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere

Exclusions:

  • Engineering managers (20010)
  • Architecture and science managers (20011)
  • Architects (21200)
  • Land surveyors (21203)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

2 – Natural and applied sciences and related occupations

TEER

1 – Occupations usually require a university degree

Major group

21 – Professional occupations in natural and applied sciences

Sub-major group

212 – Professional occupations in applied sciences (except engineering)

Minor group

2120 – Architects, urban planners and land surveyors

Unit group

21202 – Urban and land use planners

Occupational profile

21202.00 – Urban and land use planners

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Communicating with Coworkers
5 - Highest Level
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
5 - Highest Level
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others
5 - Highest Level
Developing Objectives and Strategies
5 - Highest Level
Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics
5 - Highest Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
4 - High amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
2 - Between 35 to 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
3 - Somewhat close (e.g. share office)

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
4 - More than half the time
Standing
Duration
2 - Less than half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
1 - Very little time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day
Duration
4 - More than half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
4 - Highly important
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day

Workplaces/employers

  • All levels of government
  • Engineering and other consulting companies
  • Land developers
  • Private consultants

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Categorization Flexibility
4 - High Level
Far Vision
4 - High Level
Fluency of Ideas
4 - High Level
Information Ordering
4 - High Level
Mathematical Reasoning
4 - High Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Evaluation
5 - Highest Level
Coordinating
4 - High Level
Critical Thinking
4 - High Level
Decision Making
4 - High Level
Digital Literacy
4 - High Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Collaboration
5 - Extremely important
Adaptability
4 - Highly important
Analytical Thinking
4 - Highly important
Attention to Detail
4 - Highly important
Independence
4 - Highly important