Richard K. Norton
Professor and Chair
Urban and Regional Planning Program
Richard K. Norton is a professor in the Urban and Regional Planning Program, Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning, and serves as chair of the program. He also holds a joint appointment as professor with the University of Michigan's Program in the Environment, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. He earned his Ph.D. in city and regional planning and his J.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, along with master degrees in public policy studies and environmental management from Duke University. Dr. Norton teaches and conducts research in the areas of planning law, sustainable development, land use and environmental planning, and coastal area management. His most recent research has focused especially on the challenges of managing shorelands along the Laurentian Great Lakes. He contributes actively to public service primarily through the Michigan Association of Planning (MAP) by serving on its planning law committee. In that role he has taken the lead in preparing draft legislation for the Michigan Legislature to reform the state's planning and zoning enabling laws, including reforms adopted by the Legislature in 2006 and 2008. He has also written friend-of-the-court appellate briefs to the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court on behalf of the American Planning Association and MAP regarding planning and zoning disputes in the state. Prior to completing his graduate studies, Dr. Norton worked in professional practice as a consulting environmental policy analyst and planner in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, California.