URSI 602 Pre-Test

A few years ago, Planning magazine ran two articles by practicing planners who interview potential new hires. They each gave their top 10 questions for separating the sheep from the goats. The questions which follow are based on their articles.

Probably the easiest way to respond to this pre-test is to download the file to your wordprocesser and answer the questions in edit mode. Then send me an e-mail with the file as an attachment (remember to send it as a .txt or .html file). Alternatively, you could print a hardcopy from your Web browser, answer on the paper, and submit your answers to me in hardcopy.

Either way, your answers are due to me by the end of the day, Wednesday, January 8.

1. How many feet are in a mile?

2. How many square feet are in an Acre?

3. How many sections are in a typical US Public Land Survey township?

4. How many square miles are in a typical land section?

5. What is the difference between a community master plan and a zoning ordinance?

6. What is the name of the quasijudicial body that grants variances from the zoning ordinance?

7. What is the ordinance called that deals with the division of land?

8. If a citizen of a community that hired you as a consultant called to ask for advance information about your recommendations, what would you say?

9. What is the invert of a sanitary storm sewer?

10. What is the significance of Village of Euclid v. Ambler Realty Co.?

11. What is the difference between an ordinance and a resolution?

12. What is the purpose of building setback requirements?

13. What is the best way to mitigate conflicts of two adjoining land uses that are incompatible?

14. What are the major components of a comprehensive plan?

15. Using aliquot parts of the public lands survey system, describe the shaded parcel.

                                   NW          NE    
             T1 R1
                                   SW           SE    

16. What is a population pyramid?

17. Define a population cohort.

18. Define the term, "Primary population distribution."

19. What is a thematic map?

20. Why do city and county governments concern themselves with zoning and land use control?


© 1996 A.J.Filipovitch
Revised 2 January 1997