Urban and Regional Planning Program

Urban and Regional Planning Program
Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning
University of Michigan
2000 Bonisteel Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI

Email: rknorton@umich.edu

Phone (College): 734.763.1300
Phone (Direct): 734.936.0197
Fax: 734.763.2322
Richard K. Norton

Urban and Regional Planning Program
Program in the Environment

Professional Summary

Richard K. Norton is a Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning. 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 on the challenges of managing shorelands along the Laurentian Great Lakes. He contributes actively to public service through community-engaged research and teaching, and by serving on the planning law committee of the the Michigan Association of Planning (MAP). 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. 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.

Helpful Links


Michigan Links

Michigan Legislature (MI Compiled Laws):
Michigan Courts: http://courts.mi.gov/Pages/default.aspx
Michigan Administrative Code: http://www.state.mi.us/orr/admincode.htm
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality: http://www.michigan.gov/deq

Planning Related Links

American Planning Association: http://www.planning.org
Michigan Society of Planning:
Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning: http://www.acsp.org 

Great Lakes Basin

Resilient Great Lakes Coastal Communities: http://resilientgreatlakescoast.org
Great Lakes Town Hall: 
Great Lakes Commission: http://www.glc.org/
Great Lakes Information Network: http://www.great-lakes.net/ 
MI Sea Grant Coast Watch: http://www.coastwatch.msu.edu/
International Joint Commission: http://www.ijc.org
NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL): http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/
USGS Great Lakes Science Center: http://www.glsc.usgs.gov/
Great Lakes Fishery Commission: http://www.glfc.org/
IAGLR: http://www.iaglr.org/
US EPA Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO): http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/

Great Lakes Shoreland Research Resources

U.S. BLM Catalogue:  https://glorecords.blm.gov/LandCatalog
U.S. BLM Document Search:  

National and State Sea Grant Programs

IL-IN Sea Grant: http://www.iisgcp.org/
MI Sea Grant: http://www.miseagrant.umich.edu/
MN Sea Grant: http://www.seagrant.umn.edu/
NY Sea Grant: http://www.seagrant.sunysb.edu/
OH Sea Grant: http://ohioseagrant.osu.edu/archive/ 
PA Sea Grant: http://www.paseagrant.org/

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