What is Planning?
Planning today is a diverse, multi-disciplinary professional field that includes traditional land-use and municipal planning, but also encompasses many other areas of practice, which include:
- General land-use & development
- Long term land-use planning
- Regional planning
- Residential & commercial planning & development
- Urban design
- Facilities & infrastructure planning
- Transportation planning
- Social & policy planning
- Housing planning & policy
- Heritage planning & policy
- Environmental planning
- Parks & recreation planning
- Resource management planning
- Economic development
- And others
Definition of Planning:
The profession's traditional, technical definition of ‘planning’ is as follows:
'Planning' means the planning of the scientific, aesthetic and orderly disposition of land, resources, facilities and services with a view to securing the physical, economic and social efficiency, health and well-being of urban and rural communities.
Elements of Planning:
Good professional planning is forward thinking, comprehensive, informed, collaborative and inclusive. Contemporary planning is very much a process, which involves many elements and stages, considering and bringing together people, communities and the environment – leading to desired results. Sustainability – the balancing of long-term social, economic, and environmental sustainability – has been integrated as a key principle in contemporary planning practice.
Professional planners rely on many diverse skills and abilities in the undertaking of their work. These include:
Taking a holistic approach – the ability to look at the ‘big picture’ and consider the whole.
Research – the ability to gather and analyse all relevant information.
Process – the ability to employ communication, consultation & good planning process.
Implementation – the ability to facilitate moving forward with the implementation of plans.
Monitoring Results – the ability to monitor and review the results and outcomes of the implementation of plans.
Innovation – the ability to learn, understand, and evolve.
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