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    Cyburbian imaplanner's avatar
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    Current or long range planning?

    For those people who have had experience doing both, which do you like better and why?

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    Cyburbian Joe Iliff's avatar
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    I liked current better. The pace was faster, the deadlines defined, the end goal of each project was understandable. I found it a lot easier to keep myself motivated.
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    I think this has been said before but isn't current planning an oxymoron? I guess I work in current planning but it's really just development review.

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    I prefer to work for a small enough place that I can do both (like I do now). But if I could only choose one, I would pick current planning... not the development review kind of thing, but more of subdivisions, neighbourhood planning, etc. Doing policies all the time gets a little boring for me.

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    I do both, and don't work in a "small" place at all. I'm kind of the transition person, since I get to do the overlays and other projects that are a mix of both worlds. I really don't like site review (it gets routine, except for the impossible sites that just can't accommodate the project no matter how much the developer cries) and if I had a choice I'd choose long range. Less hectic, and it gives more of a feeling of accomplishment, imo.

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    I personally think that the two are interrelated. I think that as planners we need to do long range planning to provide a positive direction, while staying flexible to current changes and trends.
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    Cyburbian Cardinal's avatar
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    I agree with Michaelskis that the two are closely related. Long term plans need flexibility and interpretation with regard to current development. I am definitely more of a long-term planner, though.
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    In non-pigeoholed office I have/had to do both, flexiability.
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    I've done both too, and I think it really depends upon your personality as to which suits you better. I am more inclined to enjoy projects with immediate satisfaction, so I love digging down on a development review for a couple of days and turning out a good, solid report (not to mention seeing a real live building result in a few months' time). Plus, I am more of a do-er than a thinker, so I enjoy evaluating developments against an existing community plan, rather than coming up with that plan myself. I know, I shouldn't be a planner, but I love urban issues.

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    I love doing both but since I am such a slacker, it is better for me to have more deadline driven jobs - current planning. But I love transportation and parks/trails planning best.

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