TOWN PLANNER Land ahoy!
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