What is Town Planning
Planning, or Town and Country Planning to use its full name, is the system we have for managing changes to our environment. Through planning we can identify what changes we need to make: new homes, places to work, transport and community facilities etc; and where these should be located. These changes are called development. Planning seeks to ensure that we achieve a balance between our need for new development while conserving what we value about our environment such as green spaces, wildlife, historic buildings and places etc. Planning can make positive changes to our environment and communities. It can create places such as cities, towns and villages that we treasure; want to live in, work in, visit and enjoy. Planning is about our future. It aims to balance our current need for development against the needs of our children and future generations. This is called sustainable development.
Role of Town Planners in Nation Building
1. Contributing to economic Development through
- Business Intelligence
- Global Competitiveness
- Good Corporate Governance
- Social responsibilities
The planning system plays an important role in shaping and protecting the quality of towns, cities and countryside. Development plans provide the statutory framework within which effective control can be operated while safeguarding environmental quality, providing development opportunities and ensuring public involvement. This is achieved through the provision of guidance and advice, and in making decisions on development plans, applications and appeals.
Policies for Course Recognition
One of the main objectives of the Malaysian Institute of Planners is to maintain and advance the study of planning with the purpose of securing high standards of professional competence. To achieve this objective the Institute believes that the most acceptable path to CORPORATE membership should be through “recognized” Planning Schools.
- Policy 1 – THE INSTITUTE SHALL GRANT “RECOGNITION” STATUS TO PLANNING PROGRAMMES CONDUCTED BY INSTITUTE OF HIGHER LEARNING AS THE MAIN CRITERIA IN ESTABLISHING A BASIS FOR INDIVIDUAL ADMISSION TO THE INSTITUTE.
- Policy 2 – THE INSTITUTE SHALL REQUIRE THOSE PLANNING SEEKING RECOGNITION TO DEFINE THE OBJECTIVES OF THEIR PLANNING PROGRAMMES.
- Policy 3 – THE INSTITUTE SHALL ENCOURAGE ALL PLANNING SCHOOLS TO DETERMINE INDEPENDENTLY THEIR EDUCATION FOCUS, SPECIALIZATION AND PROGRAMME STRUCTURE.
- Policy 4 – THE INSTITUTE SHALL ONLY RECOGNIZE THOSE PLANNING SCHOOLS WHICH CONDUCT PROGRAMMES WITH A MINIMUM DURATION THAT THE INSTITUTE CONSIDERS APPROPRIATES.
- Policy 5 – THE INSTITUTE SHALL ONLY RECOGNIZE THOSE PLANNING SCHOOLS THAT HAVE ADEQUATE RANGE OF PHYSICAL AND EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES.
- Policy 6 – THE INSTITUTE SHALL REQUIRE RECOGNIZED SCHOOLS TO ESTABLISH ADVISORY COMMITTEE(S) INVOLVING PROFESSIONALS FROM PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SECTOR TO MONITOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ANY RECOMMENDATION BY THE INSTITUTE FOR THE CONTINUED RECOGNITION OF THE PROGRAMME.