A Town Planner is a person who has a knowledge of the legal structure of the town or city in which they work, as well as having knowledge about local planning and development issues. Often a Town Planner will also have special training in the area of sustainable development, housing and planning, transport planning and environmental planning. They are generally employed by planning organisations as planners, architects or consultants although many also hold down full-time positions in planning offices as well. A Town Planner Brisbane will therefore have knowledge of laws regarding planning, environment, building regulations, transport infrastructure and sustainable communities.

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The role of the planner in a town or city can be very different to that of an architect. For example, where an architect will have their own specific field of expertise within their building project; the planner will take that same project and extend it out to wider areas, planning for sustainable developments within those areas. Where an architect will be involved in drawing up plans and specifications for individual buildings and homes, the planner will actually implement these plans and designs, putting them into effect within the wider context of the overall planning and development strategy. This can sometimes prove to be very difficult for people to understand.

In terms of employment, a Town Planner can find employment in a number of different locations. The more expert the planner gets the more jobs they are likely to receive. However, this is not necessarily the case everywhere. A planner may start out in planning departments within councils, eventually working their way up through the ranks to become a Town Planner with a firm. This kind of progression means that the qualifications and experience of a planner will vary, depending on where they work and what they do.