Planning is the art of making good places. It involves managing change, but it should not just be regarded as simply stopping things – the common view of what planning has become.
Good planning should also be about creativity, imagination, aspirations… and the future.
A good planner has to understand many things: development economics, building design, the rhythm of the seasons, procedures and legislation, strategy and detail… the list is endless. But even the best-informed planner won’t excel unless they understand people. That’s why skills like facilitation, mediation and leadership are so important.
To help people to plan for the future of their place, my job is to help them work together, be imaginative and ambitious, and to think through the impacts of their decisions.