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Favorite area of planning

Trail Nazi

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Since we recently had a post about how your job is doing, it has made me think about my favorite area of planning specializition particularly since I am currently in planning purgatory. I truly love transporation and trails planning, but I am not that lucky to be working in that field right now. What about you? What is your favorite area of planning?
 

Chet

Cyburbian Emeritus
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Current Planning - site planning and platting. Both development and review sides are enjoyable to me.
 

Budgie

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I love being a generalist. I hate being pigeon-holed. This is why I've preferred to work for small organizations and be my own boss. Being a generalist allows you to see the whole picture and I've been involved in just about every aspect of planning. My new job will be heavy on Eco. Devo., which I dabbled in for 5 years. The only aspect I won't be directly involved in is building inspections, but I'm going to be the building inspectors boss.
 

Richmond Jake

You can't fight in here. This is the War Room!
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Chet said:
Current Planning - site planning and platting. Both development and review sides are enjoyable to me.
Same here. When I graduated from planning school I thought the only thing to do was advanced planning (I had about one week of training in current planning--something like: there's this stuff called CUPs, variances, subdivisions, etc.). But I was hired as a current planner and wouldn't think of doing anything else.
 

Rumpy Tunanator

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Transportation, economic development (or redevelopment) and building re-use. I'm thinkin about starting another project on reuse for a property downtown, I have most of it done, but the funding sources have to be revisited.
 

tsc

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I really like waterfront village planning.. .and fortunately.. it is the bulk of my job now.
 

nerudite

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I like development review and long range, with the following exceptions: I don't like demographic forecasting or capital facilities planning because of the statistics. If I could pick just one thing for several years (although I would prefer that I didn't have to pick) then I would choose developing area structure plans (ASP). ASPs are neighbourhood-sized land use plans that are more specific than a General Plan. It gets into development review on a grander scale... so you get to do utility planning, look at land uses, transportation mitigation, but still get into the policy development for the neighbourhood. I'm doing three of these right now, and it's my favourite part of the job.
 

biscuit

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Even though I've only been in the profession for a little over three years I've found that Economic Development/Revitalization and long range planning were the areas I most enjoyed working in. I think that's why I loved being involved in "Main Street" and renewal projects so much.

Don't get me wrong, Community Development is a good gig, and has paid better than other work, it just doesn't allow for the creativity and generalist work scope I would ideally want.
 

Tranplanner

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Well, hmm....with a username like tranplanner I guess it should be pretty obvious, eh? Okay, no - I'm not a transvestite planner.

I couldn't see myself doing anything other than transportation planning. I just wish we played a bigger role in development review, etc.
 

Repo Man

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I like site plan review. As a fully developed community, we don't get many, so when we do, it is fun.

I like sign review, especially when they don't read the code.

I like GIS a lot, but budget problems have left us with software and no computer to run it.

I hate neighborhood planning. Hate it with a passion. I used to like it a lot. I liked meeting with residents and letting them determine how they went their neighborhood to look, but after working on 6 of them, I have had enough. Every resident has the same complaints, none of which are planning related. People speed on my street, my streen needs repair and my ditch gets filled with water - but don't you dare put curb and gutter in my yard. I could write a plan for each neighborhood and 99 percent of the recommendations will be the same. It is totally unchallenging.
 

Gedunker

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Preservation Planner

I never expected to be the "current planning " specialist here and it really is purgatory -- or worse ;-)

As a preservationist, that is the aspect I love best. We have added three new local historic districts the past two years. The Commission is not on a power trip (at least not yet) and they've had some great successes that the general community has acknowledged. Unfortunately, I don't get the time, budget or remuneration that I think I deserve (others may think $0 is just about right). :-D
 

SGB

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Local government technical assistance on current planning issues. I enjoy giving informational presentations (formal or otherwise) and training local officials.
 

Jeff

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Bike/Ped planning....of which I do none of anymore. Funny, I hardly rode when I had that job.
 

JNA

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Generalist -
Current (counter issuing permits), Subdivisions, Comp Plan,
with specialization in Census and NFIP/CRS.
 

SlaveToTheGrind

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Denying people at the counter, but only they deserve it. I do have a heart, but it feels so good sometimes with certain people, like smart ass developers.

I really enjoyed rural planning at my last job. None of that where I'm at now. Wish I could still do it.
 

JNA

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Budgie said:
Is your community a CRS community? To what extent are premiums lowered?
1. yes, since 1998
2. City is a Class 9 = 5%
County is a Class 8 = 10%

We just had our 5 year reverification visit working on additional required documentation.

Need to do a Floodplain Management Plan, Activity 510
- Help Me!

? is anybody a CFM?
I expect the same comment about this as there have been about the AICP.
 

Budgie

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JNA said:
1. yes, since 1998
2. City is a Class 9 = 5%
County is a Class 8 = 10%

We just had our 5 year reverification visit working on additional required documentation.

Need to do a Floodplain Management Plan, Activity 510
- Help Me!

? is anybody a CFM?
I expect the same comment about this as there have been about the AICP.
I know of someone who took the CFM course. I don't know what the status of his certification is? Would you like me to PM you with his info?
 

pandersen

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For me, I enjoy being a GENERALIST. Over time, I've done CED, Site Planning, policy planning and corrent planning. These days I spend much of my time helping to form new planning districts which bring together groups of municipalities that want to plan together jointly. In most cases, these are municipalities with no prior land use planning experience. In part, my job involves education, training, advice (technical and otherwise) and capacity building.

One thing I'll say is that given the range of responsibilities in my job its never boring. One thing that makes my job particularly satisfying is "planning from scratch" i.e. bringing community and land use planning to areas that have no prior experience with these tools. Rather than having to put "band aids" on top of old mistakes, in many cases I start from a clean "regulatory" slate. Not many us us in the profession get this opportunity.
 

michaelskis

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The part of Planning that I love most would be downtown and urban redevelopment and the concept of TND. I also enjoy the GIS stuff I get to do. Some day, it would be nice to have a job doing only new and redevelopment stuff… but for now, Zoning, Codes, and some GIS will keep me busy.
 

NHPlanner

A shadow of my former self
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As much as I like doing site plan and subdivision review, my favorite thing has always been comprehensive planning (master plans) and ordinance development. I love the implementation aspects of putting a plan in action.
 

Cardinal

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I enjoy being a generalist. If I had to pick just one facet of the job, it would be economic development, preservation/redevelopment, trails and greenways, neighbourhood, and downtown revitalization planning. I really don't enjoy current planning much from the role of a plan reviewer, but do enjoy being the developer.
 

Big Easy King

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In no particular order:

comprehensive planning
transportation planning
subdivision planning
economic development/revitalization
riverfront development/redevelopment
 

Seabishop

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I like the urban design aspect of things even though I know its not necessarily saving the world. I like transportion planning and would like to get into it more without being the guy who analyses intersections for planned Walmarts all day. I'm not too hot on subdivision reviews and the more beaurocratic enforcement stuff.

I have a desire to be less of a generalist and get more specific expertise in some area.
 

el Guapo

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Favorites:
Current planning
Plat review
Transportation planning
Flood plain managment
Hazard mitigation planning
Envrionmental health
The web/GIS related technology areas of planning
Rural/Small town planning

Take them or leave them areas:
Long-range planning
Downtown redevelopment
General economic development
CDBGs

Least interesting areas to me:
Housing: not that there is anything wrong with it.
Preservation planning
Anything in the Urban-core areas

If I was going back to do a Ph.D. I'd get into bikeped planning.
 
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I started out in current planning and enjoyed it for what it was worth. Now, in the private sector, I'm exposed to more long range and transportation planning. I'm really carving a niche for myself in transportation, especially related to transit-oriented development.
 

giff57

Corn Burning Fool
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I really like current planning, I love coming up with new code to thwart the violators..... and like the others, I do almost none of it now.
 

H

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Thinking creatively and brainstorming with others about how things could be better, and determining ways to achieve those ideals.
 

Wulf9

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Historic Preservation
Downtown planning
Economic Development
Transportation Planning
General Planning

Solving "unsolvable" planning problems by helping community members develop a good planning solution - with the community solving the problem and owning the solution.

Having developers say "the project recommended by staff is better than our original proposal - from a profitability, marketing, and design standpoint."
 

donk

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I enjoy reviewing site plans, provided they are "ggod". I don't mind the typical errors and ommissions, but when they expect to run over you I hate it.

I enjoy looking at plans of subdivison and seeing if there is a more efficient / practical way to do them.

I enjoy reviewing and revising By-laws. Don't enjoy the first draft from scratch so much, but do it.

At one of my recent job interviews they commented on my cycling experience and asked if I would be interested in a bicycle plnning advocate type job. I just about fell of my chair, I know I'd be lousy at it.

I wish I was better at stats, as population trends and demographic analysis fascinate me, especially when the numbers match your perception. "See white trash, you really are white trash it is not just me." ;)
 
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