Tom Daniels

Professor of City and Regional Planning; Director of the Certificate in Land Preservation program
City & Regional Planning


B.A., Harvard University
M.S., University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Ph.D., Oregon State University

Tom Daniels is a Full Professor who directs the concentration in Land Use-Environmental Planning. Tom's main areas of interest are farmland preservation, growth management, and connection between land use and water quality.

Tom often serves as a consultant to state and local governments and land trusts. He lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where for nine years he managed the county's nationally-recognized farmland preservation program.

Tom has taught at SUNY-Albany, Kansas State University, and Iowa State University. He has served on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of the American Planning Association, and in 2002 he was a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.


Tom is the author of When City and Country Collide: Managing Growth in the Metropolitan Fringe (1999), and co-author of Holding Our Ground: Protecting America's Farmland (1997) and The Environmental Planning Handbook (2003), published by the American Planning Association.

A third edition of the Small Town Planning Handbook was released in 2007.

Professor Daniels' latest book, written with Doug Walker is The Planners Guide to CommunityViz: The Essential Tool for a New Generation of Planning.

Recent journal articles include "Integrating Forest Carbon Sequestration Into a Cap-and-Trade Program to Reduce Net CO2 Emissions", Journal of the American Planning Association, 2010 and "A Trail Across Time: American Environmental Planning from City Beautiful to Sustainability" in the Spring 2009 edition of the Journal of the American Planning Association.


Professor Daniels teaches Introduction to Land Use Planning & Principles, Introduction to Environmental Planning, Innovations in Growth Management and Planning for Land Conservation.