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    Planner duties

    Do all planners working with their city planning department have to do plats, what other duties can you expect if you are working as a planner in the city's planning department

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    Do Whats?

    I don't even know what a plat is so either that's a major regional difference or the answer is no.

    Usually planners on the local level around here start out with regulatory (zoning) review and then move up to more long-term planning studies, although there are lots of different ways to move around.

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    Quote Originally posted by Masswich
    I don't even know what a plat is so either that's a major regional difference or the answer is no. Usually planners on the local level around here start out with regulatory (zoning) review and then move up to more long-term planning studies, although there are lots of different ways to move around.
    Around here a plat is a subdivision.
    In a small office I have done both - issue permits & write the Comp Plan.
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    A plat is a plan of subdivision showing existing and proposed boundaries, meets and bounds (and whatever else the locality requires). I assumed it was a pretty standard term; it was used pretty universally in all my texts.

    Yeah, I just checked some of my old texts, it's in most of the glossaries. I know college textbooks are nationwide, they don't make different issues for different regions.

    Here's a standard definition:
    Plat
    A recorded document prepared by a registered surveyor or engineer that defines property lines with their monuments, attendant roadways, power and phone lines and other easements, common elements and so on. It also may contain covenants and restrictions that encumber the properties created by the plat.
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    Off-topic:


    Quote Originally posted by CosmicMojo
    I assumed it was a pretty standard term; it was used pretty universally in all my texts.
    Nope, must be a regional term. I am used to subdivisions, consents and severances.



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    1) Variances
    2) Special studies
    3) Zoning
    4) Plan Amendments
    5) Grant writing/administration
    6) HeritageConservation
    7) Recreation Planning

    There are lots more, it all depends on how your department is set up.
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    It's both regional and universal at the same time. Most people in planning/zoning/real estate/surveying should know what a plat it. What varies is the frequency of the term from region to region. If you live in an "old" state like those on the East Coast the term pops up more often than say on the West Coast. Also too it depends on who and how the property laws and processes were set up in a state or local area.

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    As Masswich said, yes, you start out usually in the permitting end of things and then work your way up -

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    Planners in cities are usually involved either in current planning, long-range planning, transportation planning, neighborhood planning, etc.. And remember, not all planners work for cities. I've never worked for a city. I've had three planning jobs; one for a regional planning commission and two for different counties.

    First I was a regional transportation planner, and I did the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), put out requests for proposals (RFPs) for transportation studies, and did a few grant applications. Usually staff from a city's planning department puts in work for the local MPO, and they would be in charge of the stuff I did in my first job. I wasn't involved with plats or rezonings or anything like that at all.

    Second I was a planner totally involved with code enforcement... zoning codes and subdivision codes. I wrote the staff reports and answered alot of "what can I do with my property" questions at the counter and over the phone, but I didn't do any real planning. What I did at that job is considered "current planning".

    Now I work for an office that is all about long-range planning, which is the opposite of "current planning". I just finished up an agricultural preservation plan, and now we are all working on the 2035 comprehensive plan.

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    Quote Originally posted by Laredo Urbanist
    Do all planners working with their city planning department have to do plats, what other duties can you expect if you are working as a planner in the city's planning department
    I think part of the confusion relates to what you mean by "do" plats. As a municipal planner in my last job (well, as a consultant acting as municipal planner for several municipalities), one of my tasks was to review subdivision plats against the zoning regulations (i.e. ensuring that all required setbacks could be met, etc). I never had to revise or draw plats myself, however.

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