City and Regional Planning

Tom Daniels

Assistant Chair

Tom Daniels directs the concentration in Land Use and Environmental Planning. He also administers the Certificate in Land Preservation. Tom is currently part of a Penn team working on a grant from the US EPA to study how to use green infrastructure to reduce urban stormwater runoff. Tom frequently serves as a consultant to state and local governments and land trusts. Since 2005, he has served on the Board of Trustees of the Orton Family Foundation, which seeks to promote better planning and decision making in small cities and towns. In 2010, Tom was a recipient of the Clarkson Chair at the State University of New York at Buffalo, a recognition as one of the leading academic planners in the United States.

Tom is well-known as one of the leading thinkers and practitioners of farmland preservation. From 1989 to 1998, Tom managed the nationally-famous farmland preservation program in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where he lives. For many years, Tom was a Senior Contributing Editor for Farmland Preservation Report, a national newsletter. In addition, Tom co-authored Holding Our Ground: Protecting America‚Äôs Farms and Farmland (Island Press, 1997). He delivered the keynote address at the national farmland preservation conference in Hershey, PA in May of 2014. He recently published a book on the law of farmland preservation for the American Bar Association.  

Courses Taught
Introduction to Land Use Planning, Introduction to Environmental Planning and Policy, Land Preservation, Growth Management

Research Interests
Growth management, farmland preservation, land use and water quality connection

Recent Publications

The Environmental Planning Handbook, 2nd edition, APA Planners Press, 2014.

The Law of Agricultural Land Preservation in the United States, American Bar Association 2018. With John Keene. 

"The Napa County Agricultural Preserve: 50 Years as a Foundation of America's Premier Wine Region," Journal of Planning History (in press).

Degrees and Experience:
Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics, Oregon State University
M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics, University of Newcastle (UK)
B.A. in Economics, Harvard University

Full Professor University of Pennsylvania, 2003-Present
Full Professor SUNY-Albany, 1998-2003
Fulbright Senior Scholar, University of New South Wales, Australia, 2002.
Director, Lancaster County, PA, Agricultural Preserve Board, 1989-1998
Associate Professor Kansas State University, 1987-1989
Assistant Professor Iowa State University, 1985-1987