Prospective students: As of fall 2013, CAFES is no longer accepting new students to the Community Planning major.
Community Planning (sometime referred to as "urban" or "city" planning) is the profession that concerns itself with the design and functioning of communities, including cities and their suburbs, small towns and rural villages.
What Do Planners Do?
- Work to create communities with a "sense of place" that people feel connected to, and build economic stability while minimizing the negative impacts on the natural environment.
- Focus on the future of the community. They employ a comprehensive approach to identifying a community's goals and vision, assess its strengths and weaknesses, and propose plans and solutions that help all members of the community.
- Given that communities are complex places, planners learn to understand the environment, the economy, law and politics, transportation and energy systems, urban design, public finance, social needs and issues, and physical facilities such as buildings and infrastructure.