I have been lurking in the forums for a while, but this is my first post. I am currently finishing my law degree and a joint Master's in Urban and Regional Planning. I want to specialize in Land Use, Planning and Economic Development. I am trying to plot a rough course for my career. My end goal is to create my own consulting firm specializing in land use, urban planning and contingency planning, but I will need experience for that. My previous experience was two years as a network engineer, which may help me with the GIS aspects of planning.
It seems like most people in the forum believe that working for a municipality is the best way to go to fully utilize a joint degree. Is that because they usually have smaller staff that must do multiple jobs? Is there another major reason?
I also know that planners do a lot of code and statutory analysis in their work along with the actual planning. Do any of you planners interact with land use lawyers regularly? Do you feel that having one person that understands both the planning and the legal side adds a lot of value to your work? Or would you rather keep the two sides separate? Any advice would be appreciated.