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Top 25 Urban and Regional Planners Interview Questions

When have you provided an excellent presentation? Describe it to me, and why it was successful.
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Question 2 of 29
When have you had to explain a process or idea, to someone who was either stubborn to the idea, or just did not understand the idea or process?
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"In my previous role I was tasked with the training of a new, junior planner. We were learning some of the basic steps on a project and he could not seem to understand 'why' we were doing things that way. I was able to break down the reason for his inability to learn and it was simply because he didn't understand the larger picture; or, end goal. We were able to move past that and now I am aware of the best way to communication with him."
Being able to teach is a really important skill, especially if you would like to become a manager or lead a team one day. Be sure to talk about a time where you were in this scenario and discuss the outcome.
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Question 3 of 29
When have you worked with difficult individuals? For example, people that may have very poor communication skills. How do you handle these situations?
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"Working with difficult personalities is something that comes along with the job, from time-to-time. Being an urban planner, I find that the more difficult situations to navigate come when we need a work-around with a city design. The government is not the easiest to navigate and the employees are not always given the ability to decision make. If I do not get the answer or response that I am looking for, I will call another time, until I reach someone that I can work nicely with."
There are difficult personalities in every industry and it's always best to talk about those situations in as positive of a light as possible. Be careful not to bash other people in the industry either.
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Question 4 of 29
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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"In my last performance review my manager asked me to improve my working knowledge of GIS. I have since signed up for a course which will be complete in December."
This answer should be focused on a work-related weakness but be careful not to say something you will regret later. Focus more on the positive. What you are doing to improve?
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Question 5 of 29
What is your greatest strength? How does it help you as a Urban and Regional Planner?
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Why are you the best candidate for us?
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Question 7 of 29
What area in this city do you believe has the most potential?
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Question 8 of 29
Why should we hire you?
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Question 9 of 29
Why is urban planning important to you?
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Tell me about your education. How has it prepared you for a career as a Urban and Regional Planner?
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Question 11 of 29
Tell me about a project you studied in college that impressed you the most.
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Question 12 of 29
How have you incorporated public transportation into your past designs?
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What is most important to you, something quick and flashy, or something that is timeless?
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Where do you get your inspiration from?
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What projects have you worked on in the past?
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Question 16 of 29
What would you begin to change about our community if you were given full access for planning today.
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Tell me about your portfolio. What do you like about it? What would you change?
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Question 18 of 29
What do you believe makes a happy community?
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Question 19 of 29
What cities have you studied that impressed you the most?
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Question 20 of 29
Have you studied a poorly planned city project? Tell me about it and what went wrong.
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Question 21 of 29
Where do you see yourself in five years?
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Question 22 of 29
The planning process involves input from numerous groups, which requires great communication skills. When have you exemplified such skills in past work?
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How would your former employer describe you?
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Question 24 of 29
How are your communication skills?
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Question 25 of 29
Describe a time where you worked well under pressure.
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How well do you know this market?
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Are you a detail oriented person?
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What civic organizations do you belong to?
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Question 1 of 29
When have you provided an excellent presentation? Describe it to me, and why it was successful.
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The best presentation I have ever made was in a group of 3 including myself as our idea was very well delivered to the listeners and it got appreciated by everyone and my synchronization with the 2 other members was very well.
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Presented a couple of different projects to the Planning Commission. A good example would be presenting the project for a new 90,000-square foot commercial center. I was able to explain the project to PC members, addressing the site layouts, on-site circulation, building architecture, discuss the development hardships. The reason it was successful, it was because I was prepared and discussed the project with the applicant. As a planner, I try to think outside the box, and think of questions or concerns the commission may asked.
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I was given Cornmarket Street as an open space to redesign. I took a bigger picture approach to this redesign. I knew that the construction of an events centre was beginning at one end of a road in close proximity to the site I was redesigning. I also knew that this open space had key connections to a high street retail area and had a great deal of permeability. I had noticed there was an area of this open space that was derelict and I asked myself what I would put there. After careful observation, I determined that moving a bus stop from along the river was a perfect solution. It removed the physical barrier of the river from the flows of passengers who were coming to Cork City. It also provided more foot traffic through North Main Street to the events centre and other areas. It also condensed the city centre. I was given a great deal of positive feedback for this redesign.
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At the city of Rosemead, I presented a design review case to the planning commission. It was successful.
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While at university we had to complete a month of practical work experience and then present our experience to the class. While working at Brisbane City Council I learnt a lot and gained significant practical experience which gave me a lot of findings to present in my presentation.
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Presenting the 1% for Art Ordinance to the Planning Commission.
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I provided an excellent presentation, just this past semester, for one of my courses. It was outlined like the rubric, to the exact way that my professor wanted.
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At uni and outcome was very positive.
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In final semester.. It was successful because I and my group members understand ours task completly.
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My best public presentation was when I had to present a home occupation permit application to the Hearings Officer. I had to present strong findings for a taxidermist to be permitted a home occupation permit in a rural residential. The administrative decision was being appealed to the Hearings Officer by a neighbor for no other reason than he didn't care for the applicant and didn't want him to have a business out of his home. The public hearing ended with the home occupation being approved. The presentation was successful because I was able to present information that supported an approval by staying composed and was prepared for questions about the application, the scope of the business as well as the criteria.
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Had to give touring presentation of my Thesis to several conferences in Nebraska. I think it was mostly successful because it interacted with the audience and was done in a way that simplifies a very technical concept.
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Because it explain all point which are need to be explained and it brief points.
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My first presentation was of english subject..Topic was Facial expression as the topic was interesting so everyone listen it very carefuuly ..My teacher so appreciate it.
Question 2 of 29
When have you had to explain a process or idea, to someone who was either stubborn to the idea, or just did not understand the idea or process?
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I encounter this issue on the daily while working at the city planning counter. Often the process is confusing and frustrating. The best way to explain the process is to go over the procedures slowly, I like to give them the city flow chart for time lines and explanation.
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I guess knowing how to work in a team is very essential one should know how to get maximum out of someone's strengths and weaknesses.
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Yes. For example overseeing the Planning Counter and working with the Planning Technician, she explained to me that the person she was assisting at the counter was not understanding the process or requirements to setback the fence in order to meet the sight visibility for a wall along the alley.
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I will try to understood by my self and give him/her good knowledge with me.
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I think I was fortunate to be a part of Project Saarthi- an initiative by RTE Centre IIM Ahmedabad. The project was meant to help and spread awareness among economically weaker sections of society about their kids' rights to study in good private schools with their tuition fee borne by the state govt. And those schools. The whole project was divided in three phases. In the first phase we were suppose to go and meet the parents in anganwadis and explain them about the Section 12 of the RTE Act.We were also given the task of collecting the details of the families. In the second phase, I was given the task to help five parents through telephonic conversation in applying the form, gathering the documents, submitting the filled form at the right place within the deadline. Initially I found it very difficult, since some were not open to this very idea of help being offered cause of trust issues!!But slowly after a couple of calls, everything thing went smoothly. In the third phase we were suppose to keep a track whether parents who had applied earlier received any letter from the govt. Or the school.
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During the public consultation meeting between residents and planning students in the Middle Parish area of Cork City, one resident had a great deal of difficulty understanding what our analysis of the area provided. We had outlined some antisocial issues pertaining to a small institution within the residential area, and had explained how to rectify this problem. This person wanted more car parking however and did not understand the good this analysis provided. It was not car parking that was the issue, but the resident refused to turn their attention back to the antisocial issues. By explaining and illustrating our analysis and possible proposals however in several different ways, the resident was able to understand better what we intended to do with this problem area.
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While working at BCC I often had to explain processes to submitters. These submitters were often very upset about developments that would effect there neighbourhood. I was always very sympathetic to these submitters but at the same time had to explain the reasoning for our decision. Quite often they would argue but I would just have to defend my decision by providing them with relevant reasoning and legislation to how this decision was made.
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Planning commission meeting.
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Just last night, to my mother. She's very stubborn and she hates changes.
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While im doing group assignment with my friend.
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The most recent time when I have had to explain a process to someone who was stubborn to the idea was when a gentleman came to the counter and wanted information about the "Tiny Houses" project for the homeless. This gentleman was present during a City Counsel meeting where an idea was presented to the Counsel and was upset that his questions were not being answered during the meeting. I had to explain to the man that the project was just a proposal and had not submitted a formal application. The next day the gentleman asked some very specific questions about the project and openly stated that he didn't want the project to be done so close to property that he owned. The gentleman didn't understand that the City Counsel meeting wasn't open to make a decision or discuss in depth about a project that was just being proposed. I had to explain to him that that particular public forum wasn't the appropriate place to voice his concerns about the project since it hasn't formally submitted an application. And explained that he would have an opportunity to address concerns at the public hearing for the project once there has been an application. Although I don't know very much about the project myself, I was able to inform him on when he would be able to formally comment on the proposed project.
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Zoning Board of Appeals, every day.
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Applying for height or setback variances and/or modifications with the city. Process involved convincing hearing officer that modification was best course of action. Argument was presented in written form with graphic support as well as verbally at a meeting.
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When I dealt with a community engagement project by which I consulted with the public in order to nice their opinions.
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While working as a planning intern I was responsible for explaining the vacation rental ordinance. The public was often confused about the process of getting a permit and the difference between the transient occupancy tax and the county permit.
Question 3 of 29
When have you worked with difficult individuals? For example, people that may have very poor communication skills. How do you handle these situations?
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I believe everyone shall be given equal opportunities. I have worked with a group of 17 totally different people for an urban design project which taught me how to enhance the strengths and deal with weaknesses of people and self.
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Always keep in mind that you are there to facility and help the community. In situations where the individual had poor communication skills, I explained the regulations or requirements in different terms or simplify the requirements/process. If necessary I can also provide examples of similar projects or submittal requirements. People want to feel that they are respected and are being served in a polite, courteous manner.
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I had a supervisor while on an internship who was ineffective at communicating issues that upset her. She had a great deal of difficulty directing her feelings towards the right place and instead directed them at anyone and everyone. One day she did this to me, and began yelling at me in front of other people for an issue that was not my doing. I remained calm, though this was difficult, and when she was done, I asked her if we could speak in private for a moment. Once we were alone, I explained that it was highly inappropriate and unprofessional to speak in such a manner to an employee in front of other people. I also calmly addressed the concern she clearly had in such a way as to bring a different perspective to it. She thought about my words and apologised for her inappropriate direction of anger towards me, explaining that no one had ever taken the time to explain what she was doing.
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In my current position I quite often work with individuals who have poor communication skills. These can be both co-workers and patients. On a daily basis I have to speak with patients that have poor communications skills. An example is when I book appointments. Often people ring and just want an appointment but do not emphasize what they want this appointment for. Often they don't even know what they want themselves. I then need to go through a series of questions to gain more knowledge about their situation so I can decide what to book the appointment for. This is very important as I need to ensure that the dentist has enough time to treat the patient on the day. I then need to explain to the patient what I have booked them in for and what they need to be prepared to expect on the day of their appointment.
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I have worked in various environments and that has allowed me to privilege of working with difficult individuals, but in a way that is calming and that will get to the root of the problem and hopefully leave them happy, in not satisfied.
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Talk nice to them, show them the flow of the work.
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I have worked with a handful of people who haven't had the greatest communication skills. What I have found that works well for me is when I have had to communicate with them I would try to initially send an email with the questions that I need answers for. This gives me a chance to see the question in writing so that I can make sure that it is clear. This also gives the person I am asking a chance to think about the question without feeling pressured to give a quick answer. If the question I need answered requires follow-up I suggest a time that we could meet to further discuss the question. If I have to communicate with a person who is difficult to work with I approach any interaction with calm and steady mind. I try to communicate clearly and neutral so that it could take the tension away from any interaction. If I stay calm and communicate clearly, then it can help influence the other person to act similarly.
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I worked with pat donegan.
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Recently in my work placement. I have dealt with these situations by listening to the individual in question, and have then talked with them clearly on how better to formulate the plan.
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During our planning workshop class I was reaponsible for the class deadlines and keeping us on schedule. I was often faced with communicated with peers that did not turn their assignments in on time and offered no communication as to why. It was important for me to remind about deadlines often and ensure that they had all the resources necessary to complete their assignment.
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I Tey to make them understand, explaining in their mother tougue.
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I have worked with many different individuals on projects throughout my college career. In one particular instances I was assigned a partner to work on a food desert project with. The project required us to complete an exercise that involved field work in a neighborhood. We had two weeks to complete the exercise. She became difficult to get a hold of and was dodging my phone calls and emails because she did not want to participate in the field work part of the exercise. It came to a point where I decided that I needed to treat this as a project for a business. I had set a date and time and told her that If can show up that would be great but if she doesn't I would procede to do the project on my own.
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You need to up your communication level in order to draw or to jump start the other persons level of communication.
Question 4 of 29
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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Remembering dates, numbers and names. Rehearsing data when discussing topics and issues through verbalizing the specific data.
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My greatest weakness is sometimes putting too much attention to detail. How I fix it is by making sure I look at the bigger picture as well as all the details because sometimes there are too many details that are irrelevant and could lead to wasting time.
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Confidence in public speaking.....
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My greatest weakness would be a tendency to second guess decisions I have made. I am trying to correct this through reminding myself that I have considered all options, and the pros and cons of each, before a decision is made.
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Too focus on details. Look at big picture.
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To be honest my greatest weakness would have to be public speaking. I do tend to get quite nervous particularly in front of larger groups. Although, I have identified this as an issue and as such I have began volunteering to present during classes at university, to get myself use to the pressure of presenting.
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My lack of self confidence would be my greatest weakness. I am working on improving though by being more social and putting my self in unfamiliar situations.
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Somewhat of a workaholic since I expect perfection or a very high level of work and completion of tasks for myself. Spend less hours at night working and a little more time with my kids.
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Highly detail-oriented. My projects reflect my professional abilities so I'm very prideful in my works. Although I like to double check my work, through adequate planning, I am always able to meet my deadlines. This ultimately results in a better ending product.
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My greatest weakness is your mother. I will by more CSGO Skins.
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Attention to detail and being a perfecionist at most of the times would be my weakness as far as I am aware of. I take deep breaths in between my work especially when I am exhausted and under pressure and am practicing to take a step back and review my tasks so as to ensure that am not going deeper into the problem than whats needed.
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Sometimes I get excited about certain aspects of a task that I'm assigned and I tend to spend more time on those parts learning more about why it is necessary, or how it influences the outcomes, but I really like following the pomodoro technique. It makes me focus 20 minutes at a time and allows breaks which keeps me on track and also allows me some time to learn about those parts of it that I find most interesting.
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I believe I am a work in progress and as far as weakness is concerned I think I am a better listener than being a leader, but I would never let this hinder my work as I am a very good learner as well and can work really good in a team and I am getting better with time.
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One of my greatest weakness is that I tend to explain the project or issue either to a co-worker or a supervisor I tend to explain the entire process/history of the project. The reason I provide the background, is to make sure that they understand the question or issue. However, in certain situations it is not necessary to explain the entire background. What I am doing to improve my weakness is to focus on the issue at hand, if asked provide the additional information and provide a solution or alternatives to solve the issue at hand. Which includes being prepared, do research and obtain the necessary information from the applicant to be able to address the issue at hand.
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My greatest weakness at this time is drawing elevations of buildings to scale. I am however, working on this every chance that I get so that it is no longer a weakness but becomes a strength.
Question 5 of 29
What is your greatest strength? How does it help you as a Urban and Regional Planner?
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I am resourceful. I like being able to find out as much as possible about a topic given. Speak to the right people. Ask the right questions. Work with people well as I believe in sharing knowledge.
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My greatest strength is customer service. I feel that I am able to connect with customers at a level that makes them feel that I understand their situation and am working towards a solution.
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I can very well work in a team, I would be a very strong contributor and provide quality in the work as individual.
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I am really good in working as a team which is very important in this field and I can prove to be a very good and quality contributor.
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Reliable, well rounded worker. If you ask people I am a hard worker, willing to stay late and do what's needed to complete the task at hand. This helps me become a better urban and regional planner because I am an asset to the community in terms that I will do what needs to be done in order to complete the project, which may require to stay late, collaborate with other departments and agencies, and the community to provide a quality project.
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My greatest strength is to look at the bigger picture to the problem that is presented to me. If its a socio economic issue, I would spot this immediately. If it is an issue I am unfamiliar with, I investigate it. Once I have as much information as is possible, I take the time to apply this information to my current task and work to resolve this issue.
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My greatest strength would have to be that I have great attention to detail. I always ensure I work to the best of my ability and am always very thorough when it comes to my work. I would never submit work that I did not feel was not sufficient.
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My greatest strenght is im very straight in make sure my job is perfect. It would help me much as a urban dan regional planner.
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My greatest strength is my ability to lead people. It will help be facilitate pre application meetings as well as committees that I may be on.
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I have a technical background that makes me able to work with engineers and simplify concepts to citizens.
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I am a great communicator. This helps not only in everyday planning, but also helps when engaging with the community and the public, as well as writing clear objectives for development plans.
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I love working with people. I enjoy figuring out how to best explain a policy or ordinance so the public can understand it.
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I am a good communicator. Helps me to reach my planning goal as I am able to pursue people to abide by the planning rules.
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I believe my greatest strength is my ability to be versatile and adaptable. I have the ability to wear different hats. This helps me as an urban and regional planner because I am able to to look at situations from different points of view. It enables me to adapt to growing community concern and make changes to the plan that would better fit the community.
Question 6 of 29
Why are you the best candidate for us?
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I am qualified, having the necessary skills and experience that would make me an asset to this organization.
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I am motivation, passionate about strategic planning, feel strongly about being part of the team to shape the city. I am resourceful, analytical, have good written and verbal skills. Able to adapt in situations. Diligent and able to work independently as well as a team. Being a formal staff member, I have established relationships with people and that can help me in the work.
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Besides gaining knowledge I can provide quality service in all terms.
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Besides gaining knowledge I believe I can provide quality work and benefits to the company.
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I feel that I bring a great deal of strengths to your team. Not only am I a graduate planner, but my previous work experience encompasses finance and financial analysis. I also have a bachelor in social science which helps me understand people. Utilising the unique combination of financial, economic and social skills I have gained, I believe I would be a great asset to your company.
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I am the best candidate because I have prior background knowledge in Town Planning and am also very experienced when it comes to reception duties. I am always willing to learn new things and have extensive interest in the city of Ipswich and the great techniques Council has used to ensure the the city Heritage of this beautiful city is maintained.
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I am the best candidate to your company because I have all they skill you’re looking for and I’m confident that I would be a superstar in this project management role.
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I am the best candidate for because I began my training as a Planner 1. I have learned and I am still learning the development code from the most basic permits. I am familiar with all of the resources that are needed to review projects. I am quick to learn and have a basic understanding of all of the development permits. And in the short time that I have been here, I have developed great working relationships with other staff members and departments.
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I already do everything on the description list.
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I am enthusiastic and able to do any work that comes in front of me. This is a skill that I picked up while studying my masters degree.
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I am the best candidate because of my familiarity with the PRMD I have worked with the vacation rental ordinance and have been able to apply my education directly to the PRMD
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I am the best candidate because I have had a broad range of experience that reflects various aspects of planning. I have worked with diverse communities very different from my own and have been successful in creating relationships. I believe that faciliation is the most important skill for a planner, and while more "concrete" skills are invaluable to seeing oppourtunities and communicating them, the ability to build consesus is the foundation.
Question 7 of 29
What area in this city do you believe has the most potential?
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The peripheral area has got so much potential as it is emerging as a counter-magnet of this city. I strongly believe that in terms of quality of life, that part is better off.
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The areas that have not yet developed and most it found in the periopherly.
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Vision of Santa Ana, for higher density. The downtown area has drastically changed in a positive way, where it has become a more destination area, and attracts more people.
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I believe that the North Main street area of the city has the most potential at this time, as it is underdeveloped but is vibrant. Simple and careful interventions could clean up the dereliction in the area while maintaining and possibly enhancing its vitality.
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The CBD of Ipswich has great potential. The fact that so many heritage buildings remain is amazing. When I look at other cities in comparison they lack.
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I believe that the area by the south freeway interchange has the most potential. That area is already in the process of providing affordable housing nearby and integrating commercial properties that allow for both large and small businesses. That area is also attractive to a variety of restaurants and shopping.
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The riverfront area that is north of the downtown zoning district.
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Housing. While I just signed a lease in Flagstaff this month, the search for housing was extremley difficult. I am pleased to see the progress the city is making in prioritizing housing as a major planning issue.
Question 8 of 29
Why should we hire you?
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I believe I can make a positive impact to making our environment better and am also a very dedicated and hard working individual.
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You should hire me because I am pro-active, self-starter, research-oriented and creative to work on various planning projects with a holistic approach and I will be an asset to this prestigious organization.
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I have a willingness to learn, quick adaptability and have demonstrated ability to perform under deadlines and responses to the public with composure and professionalism. Like to make a difference in the community I live in.
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I believe I can be a valuable team member. I am very driven and hardworking. I am a quick learner and think that I can help take some stress off of the team.
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Well I have the experience, knoledge, and trust of the organization,
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Am knowlegable in the field of urban planning, am having a neccessary skill and experience that iwould be an asset in this country if you emproy me.
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I am passionate about Planning and the council believes in the creation of lively, safe, sustainable and healthy places for people are similar to my beliefs therefore I can contribute to a greater degree as.
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I would be the only person you might have came across with a considerable technical background who also holds a town planning degree with some experience in state planning agency of a developed country. I can also assure you that my multi diverse experience in from a multi cultural background would bring a significant number of transferable skills and knowledge into this organisation. I have a proven track in many fields relevent for this position such as customer oriented skills, telephone skills, planning skills, analytical and logical thinking. Most importantly, I have proven myself as a quick learner and a highly adaptable person in the past even if in a foreign enviornment.
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My greatest weakness is that I tend to doubt my own ability, for example when writing reports I always re-read things and think they can be done much better, or there might be another more advantagous way to present it. But at the end of the day I know im just being too critical of my own work, so I need to have more faith in my abiklity and training.
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I like to solve problems, I use a variety of skills and knowledge and creativity to solve problems, by the way I’m a planner.
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I bring a diversity in my planning experience and background.
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Because I will/can provide a great service and a quality contribution to this company.
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I am a reliable, hard worker individual who's not afraid of taking on challenges. with my experience and previous expeener in Santa Ana as an intern and Planning Technician its a great community to work with and be part of.
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May be due to my confidences.
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Because I have a skill set that is unique to urban planning.
Question 9 of 29
Why is urban planning important to you?
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It put different types of urban land use in order so that the available land (scarce resource) of space is effectively utilized for both short- to long- term run. It is important to intergrate three pilars of sustainable development which are social, economic and environmental aspect of the area, which means that proper urban planning promote for the urban areas which are socially, economically and environmentally just.
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It is my passion since I was a child, and my ambition is to make a great building to people livi in it.
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It is my passion since I was a child, and my ambition is to make a great building to people livi in it.
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Urban and Regional consist of several field of studies which give and individual a wide range of knowledge. In addition, it is a field in which you are part of the development of something that will perhaps influence peoples lives hope fully in a positive manner. The end results are exciting sometime unknown.
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Urban planning is a great combiniation of harmonous living of community citizens, but as well as strategizing the focus of the city to where it wants to be in the future.
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I want to promote equity by designing universal spaces that are safe and healthy.
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Its is part of modern development and as an engineer its compulsory to deal and make project success full and eco-friendly.
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Urban Planning is all about creating healthy and livable communities.
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To work with the community and planning for future growth.
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Is because it organize and put together different uses of scarce resource of land for the short term and long term usability so as to solve the land conflict among the different users of the land.
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Drives towards building better communities, more over it enhances the built environment through socioeconomic developments. Creates the opportunity to shape a connected, organized and productive communities.
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Planning is a process of determining a route to take which is best suited for the person or community. Through planning pitfalls and dead-ends can be anticipated and avoided - most of the time. Thus saving people and communities time, money, and frustration.
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About creating healthy and livable communities which in return contribute to quality environment amakes all involved more connected, organtized and productive.
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It makes for a healthy environment and preserves of assets for future generations.
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Urban planning is important to be because it affects the lives of everyone but it is not something that crosses peoples mind. It is logistical and based off of reason, but it also incorporates the design side of things. I really like to help people and I enjoy doing it through planning.
Question 10 of 29
Tell me about your education. How has it prepared you for a career as a Urban and Regional Planner?
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My education was very valuable and I was lucky to have professors how had knowledge of all the specialties and areas of planning. Everyone of my professors emphasized the importance of comprehensive planning making sure one accounts for all the elements of planning without leaving any out and ensuring adequate public participation in the planning process. The plans we write has effects on everybody within the city some more than others. But it is important to not leave out important stakeholders or the public in the process.
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The subject content of the various subjects has ensured that the theoretical element of being a planner is embedded within me. This will include the understanding of various legislation plans ad strategies. However, the real lessons are those which came in respecting set deadlines, working in groups to produce a product and overcome issues as well as understanding that handwork is imperative to the final outcome of a product.
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My education provided me with the theoretical and practical tools to enter into the modern planning world. In this, I not only learnt how to work on large projects alone, but also to work efficiently with large groups. As well, it equipped me with the knowledge of what the best practices are in numerous fields, from economics to environmental management. Along with this, I was also taught facilitation techniques, including how to construct a community engagement session and how to determine which method of community consulation should be used in each situation. Allowing me to better work with a community.
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I graduated from the Bachelor of urban planning. During that time, I learnt about the importance of planning, the role of the government, planning principles, expose to urban issues, wrote essays that helped improve writing skills. Prepare for real life planning.
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My education has prepared me because it has given the foundation of skills ill need to be successful in the field.
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Bachelor's degree in CRP. Knowledge in public financing, revitalization, transportation, grant writing, site development.
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I pass through the hands of doctors and proffessors who had got experirnce in different field and also they taught me many things especialy on how to deal with complihensive planning.
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Most recently, I have completed a post graduate degree in Urban and regional Planning from one of the top 100 universities in the world. I have learned about planning concepts and theories at UWA and also given opportunities to apply these principles by doing real life projects. I have done actual projects funded by Government in University on two regional towns and one city. We have applied most of the data collection techniques like suveying, interviewing, land use survey, public surveying etc . Additionally we had statistical data documented over an interval of 5 years for almost all the relevant factors affecting the daily life of the subjected towns and cities. I am quite confident that these techniques are transferable and can be applied onto any city or town in any country for such improvement or redevelopment projects. Most importantly, the internship term I have got with Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, the only state planning agency in western australia handling the redevelopment of metropolitan region of the state was an excellent opportunity to learn about assessing development applications. Here I have assessed the compliance of development proposals against the land policies and regulations. To put it in a nutshell, I would say, my university education and other experiences have equipped me well for taking up a position as a town planner in your organisation.
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The planning degree at griffith university is among the best in Australia, already being in the development industry for the past 6 months, I have had the opportunity to utilise many skills obtained from my degree, from writing environmental rep[ports to being aware of the relevant legislation and its implementation, to completing example development applications from inception to completion. The degree I felt was very successful in preparing me for the real world experiences and challenges.
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I have always been interested in design and through my various visits to different places I have a keen interest in noticing how a city or a region develops am currently pursing my bachelors from NIT hamirpur and in these 5 years I have done a huge variety of projects and learned a lot but the urban design project has been really exciting and have helped me decide the very direction I want my education and career to steer.
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I graduate from UC Irvine in 2003 with a BA in Env. Analysis and Design. My first two years at UCI I was undeclared. As part of the circullum I had took a varierty of classes from History, Psychology, Communications I took a urban design class from a guest professor, who was a Planner from the Irvine, one the first class discussed City Planning and since the first class I knew what I wanted to do. Then in 2010 I graduated from Univ. Of La Verne with a MPA. I foresee myself being employed in the Public Sector I believe the MPA provides with additional tools to become to the Community Development Department.
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I studied social science for my undergraduate degree. I took from it a clear understanding of policy, power relations and socio economic issues that permeate Ireland. I then applied this knowledge to a masters in planning and sustainable development, along with skills in geography and finance I had gained from my previous career. I believe both my working and educational background have prepared me uniquely for this career and may have armed me for many situations that I will face as a planner.
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I would say that my education in environmental science has helped prepare me by giving me the opportunity to learn the nature of floods and gives me the tools to help explain floodplain and elevation certificates to customers.
Question 11 of 29
Tell me about a project you studied in college that impressed you the most.
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Carried out a study on the cost benefit anaysis on the public projects in order to deternime the feasibilty of publicly funded projects and the impacts such projects usually have on the communities. The project was very interesting to undertake yet challenging.
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A budget analysis of the expenditures for the City of Pensacola for a ten year period. The analysis compared the Annual Budgets to the Annual Budget Report at the end of the year. The most interesting result was how the Annual Budget was a political tool and the Annual Budget Report identified the actual city priorities or lack thereof.
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Well I studied in nigeria so technically am not impressed by any project so far.
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I studied about an Aerotropolis which is a city designed based on an airport. I have been very passionate throughout various design stages to make the city a sustainable one in every aspect.
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Delevoe Park, Florida. Neighborhood revitalization plan.
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In the fall semester of 2014, I was in a class that was selected by Beaufort, NC (a coastal community) to work on a project that involved the state DOT relocating a main highway that ran through the city to now run around the city. This opened up multiple projects including commercial development along the new corridor; a chance to create a bike and pedestrian orientation along the old corridor, parks and recreation opportunities with optimal connectivity between pathways and neighborhoods and the chance to redevelop an intersection that has been a major foal point of the city but not utilized efficiently.
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Well this was Cit and Regional Planning. The subject encompassed various policies, plans and strategies that can be used to improve the daily operation of a city and the importance of viewing planning in a spatial form.
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While now a defunct concept, I was impressed by the Garden City design by Ebeneezer Howard. Whate impressed me was that Howard sought to create a walkable city, containing all the needs of a community from work, to stores, to a social life. Brought about at a time when the living conditions in cities were getting increasingly deplorable.
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Urban design - designing a space and how to make it relevant in the context of the surroundings.
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I was impressed by the Kelo vs New London outcomes that I had to do a paper on. It help me understand what eminent domain was and how it can be used for good and non ethical reasons.
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Parks and Trails plan focused on enhancing a local trail system to reflect unique components of the city. Through park development we created two new parks with the capacity to host numerous recreational events. We also enhanced the trail system to provide alternative, eco-friendly, transportation options that linked to bus stops. Overall, this project gave me a better understanding of the planning process.
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Well I studeied in engineering and urban planning is one of my favorite field in engineering, and I think one the important issues in our city is lack of pfofessional planet and plan.
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The project that impresed me the most is thart project concerning the preparation of general planning scheme for the iringa municipality.
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So our college had three development studios, introduction to the development industry, the development application process and strategic planning. These three courses which have been combined into one development course over two years were invaluable to learning the development process and its multi displinary nature. these courses especially the development studio (second one) opened my eyes to the industry and concreted that this is the career I want and that the development/planning industry has much to offer.
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Besides the thesis which I am working on presently, I studied the planning and design of manali ( a hilly town in himachal) as my urban design project which has impressed me the most.
Question 12 of 29
How have you incorporated public transportation into your past designs?
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I am a pro-Transit Oriented Development. And in my previous designs, I have integrated various modes of transport for eg. Train for inter city movements and bus for intracity movements.
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I believe in the notion of sharing the roads and making the road for all types of people. In my plans I give equal important to different modes of transportation including automobiles, bicycles, and pedestrians.
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Bike racks, trail connections, park and ride, kiss and ride parking lots.
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Indirectly. I was part of a team of classmates that conducted a SWOT analysis a public transportation location.
Question 13 of 29
What is most important to you, something quick and flashy, or something that is timeless?
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Things that bring the most joy to ones face is seeing they product come to life so something timeless is more important. Spatial planning is exactly that a depiction of plans a policies in which development is required to take place. One that has an impact on the populace it will forever be important to everyone as well.
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If I have to choose, timeless as with changes, it will stand the test of time, example a design. But quick and flashy is usually iconic and has its purpose.
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Something quick and flashy.
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I believe our communities are built of both, quick and flashy has its place as most developments these days are based on this concept, however, something that is timeless has marked its place in society, and lasted the test of time, but with our ever changing environment we risk for example outdated buildings, or networks. But timeless definitely plays its part in our urban and regional environments.
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Something which is timeless.
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Timeless, Definitely the impact of a project in the built environment, Have a positive impact in the residents, community, stakeholders.
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I believe that what I design or grant permission for should be something that stands the test of time. I believe that if people 7 generations from now are horrified by what is going on this site now, then it is likely a fad and should not be put there.
Question 14 of 29
Where do you get your inspiration from?
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I read and research on what is happening in the world, in the country I live in.
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I get my insipiration thoght rerading and research.
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Growing up I knew little about the planning industry, but I always carried an interest in "who decides what goes where, or why are land uses grouped together?" this curiosity led me to many more questions, and as I grew up these questions has not only inspired me to further my education after school and enlist in the program. So in short I could say my inspiration for the industry is from my childhood and the many questions I would ask myself about the built and natural environment.
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Dedicated and passionate people be it of any field, one of which is my family.
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For projects, research and look at other projects, what has been approved and built before. Look at other similar projects in the community or surrounding areas and how it can improved. Personally in my career I look at my supervisors, observe their management skills and see what works and what dosent work and try to aquire or implement in my life and career.
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I believe in making life far more egalitarian for all people rather than catering for the desires of the rich only. Because of this, I design according to egalitarian and sustainable principles.
Question 15 of 29
What projects have you worked on in the past?
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I have spent 30 years in the planning field. During that time I have been fortunate enough to either be directly responsible for or worked on a team in many areas. Projects which include: 30 Capital Improvements Programs, The Comprehensive Plan, Countywide Local Mitigation Strategy, Citizen Needs Surveys, The local Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan aka the Hurricane and Disaster Plan.
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Ive worked on various projects which have required various engagement with various stakeholders. The 2 that stand out for me is the management of the Youth Jobs in waste in programmes which includes the deliverable of site office and weigh pads. The second was the drawing up of a risk management policy for the company which I work.
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Master planning of a district and local planning areas. Help to administer the land use plans.
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I did the project concening the preparation of diofferent district master plan and city master plan.
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Route I-81 through the greater syracuse area.
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My previous industry experience, as my resume highlights, was within the environmental planning field, some of the larger projects included preparing the specialists reports for asphalt manufacturing plants, small, medium and large scale developments - in west end in Brisbane we worked on a 19 storey high rise application demonstrating to council that the concrete plan in the locality would not have an adverse affect on the development. And more currently we are working with the applicant on a mixed use project in Ipswich including residential apartments, age care, child care, retail and cafes. I have also prepared a number of SMP's for these large scale applications which required a great deal of detail and working closely with the client and town planner.
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I have prepared a handouts with examples of different projects I have worked within the last couple of years.
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Knocknaheeney regeneration project, and Respond! voluntary housing.
Question 16 of 29
What would you begin to change about our community if you were given full access for planning today.
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Aesthetics, accessibility and overall safety of the community physically.
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If I had a change to change my community I would make it a highly walkable area with access to public space.
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The spatial fragmentation of communities. This could be achieved through infill development and using economic nodes to give access to services.
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I would curb urban sprawl and formulate policies that increase intensification. Provide transport infrastructure to areas lacking as this will help with accessibility and equity. I will encourage public transport use.
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I will make sure that nmajority of the community would be able to access different sevices.
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I think I would begin by designing ways for increased flow in our transport networks. Congestion here on the coast in becoming an issue, and subsequent to increased population and especially with the commonwealth games fast approaching, it will worsen without more efficient planning. This would be a process but I think there is much room for improvement.
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Creation of slums and parking problems.
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I think that vision of Santa Ana is in the right tract, encouraging higher density and provide high quality design. Of course the type of projects that are submitted depend on the economy.
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I would remove all cars from the island of Cork City and allow only public transportation and bicycles. It is too small of an island and has too many potential environmental issues to allow the volume of traffic that traverses it to continue.
Question 17 of 29
Tell me about your portfolio. What do you like about it? What would you change?
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I am aspiring to be an urban planner, which is mainly to make our environment a better living state, I would like to further my education to broaden my knowledge in doing so.
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I have got a portfolio of Architectural design projects as well as public policy projects. I would like to do more Development Plans as well as Town Planning Schemes.
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Apart from urban and regional planning I am exiperienced in project planning, archictectaral design, public policies.
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As I recent graduate, my portfolio is limited, I am extremely happy with my graduate position in the environmental field, as it gave me an insight into other area sof the industry and other aspects of the application process. I also like that when in discussion with clients/developers and they have more broad questions regarding their land or proposed developmemnt, I have the extra knowledge that some planners may not acquire about specialists report requirements, and even property constraints. However, I think my time in university could have been further benefited from more work placement/experience in a planning organisation earlier on (say second year).
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I like the projects that I chose for presenting as I think I have enjoyed and learned the most out of these projects and though I like my portfolio but I would work on some graphics if had to change something in it.
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As you can see I have had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects. Every project is different and each had it's own challenges. Working with staff in order to create a great project can be challenging.
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I love my open space and landscape character assessment the most. I was good at my policy analysis and housing critique. I wish I had been better at urban design.
Question 18 of 29
What do you believe makes a happy community?
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Aesthetics, healthy and easy accessibility within a community increases social interrelationships which in turn creates sense of well being thus increasing happiness.
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I believe that people should have access to services, infrastructure as housing. Be able to obtain basic needs - clean water, fresh air, job opportunity. Have a sense of belonging and community.
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Full acess of social services.
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There are - I will start wit amenity; I think amenity plays a large role, whether it be environmental (air, noise, health, visual) the health and well being of residents as they go about their lives, raising families etc can definitely affect peoples lives and happiness in living locations. Visual amenity is also a major aspect, this comes down to land designation, ensuring that intrusive land uses are not located in residential or recreational areas, design and streets-cape, and community services! together the above mentioned items can drastically change peoples perceptions and happiness in a community.
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A healthy, positive and fresh environment socially and physically .
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Creating a sense of place, community input, a project that reflects the community needs. If the stakeholders feel that they are part of process or project they have more of a stake. The project should be in the benefit of the overall community and should try to meet the needs.
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Places that facilitate community activities. A clean, uncluttered environment.
Question 19 of 29
What cities have you studied that impressed you the most?
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Baroda city, the city deais with the all aspect coveriong socially econamically all the aspects.
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Tokyo. It is a metropolis city and from my experience has an excellent balance of creating areas where people can work, play and live or alternatively their transport network is unlike anything I have seen and is a very well connected city.
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Pompano Beach, Florida. Integrating grey water redistribution network.
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Rome - road layout that forms the skeleton of land use. Melbourne - strong emphasis to conserve and preserve important and historical sites and reserves.
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Njombe town and iringa municipality.
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I have studied for on of my projects, Copenhagen in Denmark. This city is an inspiration if your into green, sustainable, livable and networked cities. While I have never been there, it is easy to see in the literature and imagery that the city boasts amazing green streetscapes, cycling infrastructure, well connected road systems, clean and healthy waterways, providing an overall sustainable and happy community.
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I have worked in Westminister, Huntington Park, Santa Ana and Whittier. Each has it's different needs, every city has different way of processing and evaluation projects. Also, the policies that are created established will affect the type of quality projects that city receives. For example high design standards, type of projects received, and community needs.
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Barcelona, Rome, Rio de Janero.
Question 20 of 29
Have you studied a poorly planned city project? Tell me about it and what went wrong.
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The city of Miami and a lack of Transit Oriented Development. The south Florida region relies heavily on personal vehicles and does not have a robust public transit system to ease congested highways and streets.
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I studied a poorly planned city that was magaoni and mabatin on mbeya city that was poorly planned and I wanted to upgrage that seltlement but the communinty did not show their participartion.
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Different mindset. I believe dealing with urban sprawl. Many of the surrounding communities deal with infill development. Therefore, a municipality should be able to focus and create the necessary standards and being able to uphold the line and encourage projects that meet the intent or vision of the surrounding community.
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I have been examining the cork city bike scheme and believe that much of the city's bicycle lanes are put in as afterthoughts. Many cycle lanes are contraflow and difficult to use, especially with the number of one way roads in the area. I feel that this could have been implemented much better.
Question 21 of 29
Where do you see yourself in five years?
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City planner in a large city or city management work.
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I see myself as a knowledgeable project manager and team leader in this organization in five years.
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I am hoping to be doing policy work, have lots more experience in the area of strategic planning.
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Urban planner in a great city.
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In five years I aspire to be a well established and respected urban and environmental planner within a proactive and positive organisation with a well managed and forward thinking team such as Cardno, where I can use my skills and attributes to better my their workplace and move forward in this ever changing world.
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I have always admired the creativity of this field and I see myself as an established entrepreneur working for upraisal of the community physically and socially.
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Employed in the City of Santa Ana, as a Senior Planner and obtained my AICP certification.
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I hope to be well along the career ladder as a planner. I see myself working on policy, energy or environmental planning issues.
Question 22 of 29
The planning process involves input from numerous groups, which requires great communication skills. When have you exemplified such skills in past work?
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Yes I can work very well in a team.
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For example a new 72-unit apartment complex at a former Mitsubishi auto dealership. The applicant hosted a comm. Mtg, reached out, public hearing, exteneded the raidous from 300 to 500 square feet. Concerns included the potential traffic impacts, alley and security measures. CC incorporated restrictions on the use of the parking structure and require security cameras. However, some of the concerns included issues that are currently existing, not a result of the proposed project. Attended meetings, met with people at the counter, explained the process and discussed the project with them on an indivial process.
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As the mature student officer in UCC during a period when public consultation was gathered for the new student hub, I utilised my diplomatic skills to facilitate greater understanding between interesting parties.
Question 23 of 29
How would your former employer describe you?
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Knowledgeable, easy to like, and having well rounded experience.
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Responsible, diligent, result oriented, creative and passionate.
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Responsible when given a task, communicative, analytical, able to deal with stress.
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Knoweldgable, full participated in group work.
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As a creative, co operative, amateur and sedulous person.
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Hard working, dedicated on the project.
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Dedicated, hard working, honest, trustworthy.
Question 24 of 29
How are your communication skills?
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Excellent. I enjoy public speaking and always respond to communications as fast as possible.
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Use visuals to present to a board daily emails memorandums.
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I will say I am good both in written and verbal.
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Confidence in public speaking, good in written and speaking.
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I can be really good as a presenter.
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Communication skills is something that I always work on. I am aware that when I am nervous I tend to speak fast. In order to become more effective in my communication skills, I need to slow down and be able to explain myself more clearly. Being aware of the issue, prepare as necessary, and understand or ask the necessary questions I necessary to become efficient in my communication skills.
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Excellent. I am known as a diplomat for seeing both sides to an issue.
Question 25 of 29
Describe a time where you worked well under pressure.
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That will be during my final year project dissertation and studio design work, there was limited time due to circumstances in my country as at the time.
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Chairperson for a critical business/ project management meeting was called away due to a family emergency. I was tasked with conducting the meeting and coordinating the efforts of each discipline involved.
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Tender project, time pressures, internal pressures. I take time to analyse the scope of the task, realistic about constraints. Communicate with bosses about the deliverables, how to go about undertaking task and execute it as fast and well.
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During the final year where my dessertation surpevisor desagree with me most of the time but I did well in my last presentaion.
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I believe its working and time management. Processing two different entitlements such as the 55-unit town home project while processing a another residential project of 32-units. Time management and having clear communition with the supervisor letting them know the status and any issues that may come up with projects. Currently, processing a plan check for a new small shopping center and completing CC reports for another separate center, while managing smaller projects.
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Most of my life has been an instance of working well under pressure. Currently however, the need to get a number of assignments, write a number of tutorials, mange my thesis and maintain my relationships have resulted in some amazing work.
Question 26 of 29
How well do you know this market?
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I have a lot of interest in this field so this makes me search and learn about it more and more.
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I know that is competitive and there are allot of talent looking for employment. However, my experience and previous expeiericen with the community I feel that I would be an asset to the deparmtne and the community.
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Not as well as I would like, as I am a graduate. However, I would like to learn more.
Question 27 of 29
Are you a detail oriented person?
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Yes I am, I believe in order to show what an individual is capable of one has to be detail oriented.
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Yes I can be but not forgeting why I am doing certain things.
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Yes most ofd the time I used to concentrate in a big things so as to undestand each detait that found within it.
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Yes I believe my work shall have detail with quality.
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Yes. Focus on the details, make sure that the items submitted are addressed. As part of the preparation, may take a little longer to process. Examples include during the Planning plan check process or obtaining the necessary information from the applicant is very important.
Question 28 of 29
What civic organizations do you belong to?
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American Red Cross, DPZ-DCC softball team, trivia team.
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American Panning Association Urban Planning Association.
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Currently, I volunteer in a foodbank in the City of Azusa and used to be in the board as the Coach Administrator and coached AYSO in Pico Rivera. I have worked with the Uptown Whittier Association and the Chamber of Commerce.
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None now, but I was involved in the student union at the college, representing equal rights for mature students.
Question 29 of 29
What do you know about our company?
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Public sector, completes development review, analysis and makes recommendations to public boards on cases that do not meet the requirements outlined in the zoning ordinance.
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It was established in 1968. Comprises 5 counties (Marshall, Limestone, Madison, De Kalb, Morgan)
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Authority to undertake the long term planning, facilitate development, sell land, prepare infrastructure etc.
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Being a pioneer this company doesn't need an introduction, I have heard about it through seniors and internet ofcourse.
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I saw the flyer in the APA website.
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Your company is a wide ranging planning firm that is well respected. Because you do planning on any number of issues, you work in an advisory capacity to An Bord Pleanala.

About Urban and Regional Planners

August 18th, 2017

Urban and regional planners develop long- and short-term plans for the use of land and the growth and revitalization of urban, suburban, and rural communities and the region in which they are located. They help local officials alleviate social, economic, and environmental problems by recommending locations for roads, schools, and other infrastructure and suggesting zoning regulations for private property?work that requires forecasting the future needs of the population. Because local governments employ the majority of urban and regional planners, they often are referred to as community or city planners.

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