Source: American Planning Association
Planning can help solve these problems and many more. Planning is a comprehensive approach to identifying a community's goals, assessing its problems, and proposing solutions that help all members of the community.
Whether your community is large or small, whether urban, suburban, or rural, planning is there, leading the way to more livable and sustainable communities.
Planning is a dynamic profession that works to improve the welfare of people and their communities by creating more convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient and attractive places for present and future generations.
Good planning helps create communities that offer better choices for where and how people live. Planning helps communities to envision their future. It helps them find the right balance of new development and essential services, environmental protection, and innovative change.
Planning is done in many arenas and involves professionals who are planners and those who are professionally certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Planners work with elected and appointed officials, such as mayors and planning commissioners, to lead the planning process with the goal of creating communities of lasting value. Planners help civic leaders, businesses, and citizens envision new possibilities and solutions to community problems.
To find out more, go to www.planning.org/aboutplanning/whatisplanning.htm.