Following this quote in another thread: "As a side note, many urban planners or urban designers started out in life anticipating something different. This is a field where it is perfectly okay to not have a Bachelor's in planning or urban studies or design/architecture because each background coming into the field only makes it stronger through the diversity it brings to the field."
I'm asking myself again and again if I am a planner... I have a BS In Public Admin, and minors in Bio and Poli Sci. I am the "Planning Coordinator" for a municipality. As such, I process the paperwork for plans that come through, look at how they apply to the local and regional plans, point out any conflicts arising from such, send the plans to the engineer for zoning and subdivision ordinance reviews and once in awhile step out on a limb regarding design, open space set asides, etc.
I also coordinate the local Open Space Committee and am helping them prioritize their goals, find a direction and accomplish something.
I represent the township at county executive meetings and local land use planning groups, as well as at the Environmental Advisory Council.
My background is two years as an intern at an agency that does economic development/heritage tourism/regional economic development planning.
I'm pursuing my masters in Public Admin at the advice of my planning mentor who said I'm better off with that masters than one in Planning.... but the classes at Temple are tempting. Let's face it, I can't tell someone how to do a good design for a residential development...yet.
Am I a planner? Or am I an administrator? Both?
How do I get to the point where I can comfortably tell people the best practices for design of these developments and be taken seriously?