TOWN PLAN­NER Land ahoy!

THE LOW­DOWN

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CLOCK­WORK The av­er­age work day of a town plan­ner: 10am: Reach of­fice 10.30am: Hold a co­or­di­na­tion meet­ing 11am: Ap­pear in court, if the mat­ter listed 10.30am to 12.30pm: Hold brain­storm­ing ses­sion on de­sign 12.30pm to 1.30pm: Dis­cus­sion on drafts made in the stu­dio A town plan­ner is trained to pre­pare town plans, or mas­ter plans. These are statu­tory doc­u­ments that give broad di­rec­tion for the spa­tial growth of a city. They also play a cru­cial role in terms of val­i­dat­ing land use, ap­prov­ing land sub­di­vi­sions, projects and giv­ing sanc­tions to the pro­pos­als put up by real es­tate de­vel­op­ers. In ad­di­tion to pre­par­ing mas­ter plans, town plan­ners also have to pre­pare zonal plans for the city. Town plan­ning en­com­passes ar­chi­tec­ture, engi­neer­ing, le­gal as­pects, eco­nom­ics, ur­ban mor­phol­ogy and ge­o­graph­i­cal in­for­ma­tion sys­tems. It in­volves con­duct­ing fea­si­bil­ity stud­ies, plan­ning and de­sign­ing for a range of projects, in­clud­ing de­vel­op­ment plans of cities, mas­ter plans of spe­cial eco­nomic zones, in­dus­trial es­tates, com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial projects etc 1.30pm to 2.30pm: Lunch 2.30pm to 4pm: Meet clients, dis­cuss prob­lems and find so­lu­tions 5pm to 7pm: De­lib­er­ate with se­nior team on is­sues of plan­ning/ dis­cuss re­ports 7pm: Leave for home One day in a week is usu­ally re­served for field vis­its

THE PAY­OFF All kinds of job op­por­tu­ni­ties ex­ist in both gov­ern­ment and pri­vate sec­tors. An ar­chi­tec­ture grad­u­ate can make a start as an as­so­ciate town plan­ner at a salary of R25,000 to R30,000 per month. He/she then grad­u­ates to be­come a se­nior town plan­ner and earn R75,000 per month. A joint

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