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What You Need to Know About City and Regional Planning Aide

Position Description Compile data from various sources, such as maps, reports, and field and file investigations, for use by city planner in making planning studies.

City & Regional Planning Aide Responsibilities

  • Inspect sites and review plans for minor development permit applications.
  • Provide and process zoning and project permits and applications.
  • Prepare, maintain and update files and records, including land use data and statistics.
  • Serve as liaison between planning department and other departments and agencies.
  • Research, compile, analyze and organize information from maps, reports, investigations, and books for use in reports and special projects.
  • Prepare, develop and maintain maps and databases.

Skills Needed to be a City & Regional Planning Aide

Below is a list of the skills most City and Regional Planning Aides say are important on the job.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Types of City and Regional Planning Aide

  • Transportation Planner
  • Regional Liaison
  • Community Planner
  • Planner
  • Development Technician

Job Outlook for City and Regional Planning Aides

There were about 34,000 jobs for City and Regional Planning Aide in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 4.4% which is below the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 1,500 new jobs for City and Regional Planning Aide by 2026. There will be an estimated 4,100 positions for City & Regional Planning Aide per year.


The states with the most job growth for City & Regional Planning Aide are Utah, Idaho, and Colorado. Watch out if you plan on working in Connecticut, New Jersey, or Tennessee. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

City & Regional Planning Aide Salary

City and Regional Planning Aides make between $25,370 and $78,470 a year.


City and Regional Planning Aides who work in New Jersey, District of Columbia, or Nevada, make the highest salaries.

How much do City and Regional Planning Aides make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Arizona $54,960
Arkansas $52,990
California $49,630
Colorado $52,320
Connecticut $42,880
District of Columbia $65,410
Florida $51,090
Georgia $52,880
Hawaii $53,200
Illinois $49,570
Iowa $40,950
Kentucky $47,130
Maine $49,030
Maryland $55,260
Massachusetts $55,310
Michigan $43,360
Missouri $50,970
Nebraska $48,800
Nevada $54,200
New Hampshire $53,410
New Jersey $58,480
New York $49,000
North Carolina $46,050
North Dakota $47,200
Ohio $46,560
Oklahoma $43,450
Oregon $48,870
Pennsylvania $43,710
South Carolina $56,720
Tennessee $45,640
Texas $49,230
Utah $45,560
Vermont $47,320
Virginia $50,950
Washington $47,300
West Virginia $46,000
Wisconsin $48,350

What Tools do City and Regional Planning Aides Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many City and Regional Planning Aides:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Hypertext markup language HTML
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Web browser software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Email software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Geographic information system GIS software
  • ESRI ArcView
  • Corel WordPerfect
  • Corel CorelDraw Graphics Suite
  • ESRI ArcInfo
  • ESRI ArcGIS software
  • dBASE

How do I Become a City & Regional Planning Aide?

Learn what City and Regional Planning Aide education requirements there are.


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Where do City and Regional Planning Aides Work?


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