First, though, what does a town planner do?
A town planner is involved in land use planning and the regulatory control of land and property through government planning instruments – mainly at local and state government levels and, to an extent, at federal government level.
Fundamentally, there are two types of town planners: 1. Government town planners who devise and administer planning legislation and 2. Private consulting town planners who work on behalf of proponents to prepare, lodge and manage development applications to the government who assess the applications against their planning legislation.
A private consulting town planner can have a range of clients including individual investors, property development funds, government agencies and private and publicly listed developers.
A good private consulting town planner is versatile and can work on all scales and types of development including non-conforming dwelling houses and boundary realignments, small infill development such as splitter blocks, secondary dwellings, dual occupancy, duplexes, townhouses and apartments to larger master-planned communities, high-rise mixed-use developments and other complex projects.
A town planner has the professional skills to understand and interrogate complex legislation, find solutions to difficult property-related challenges, to negotiate and advocate for good outcomes as well as project manage the development approval process.