Richard K. Norton is a Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning. 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).
Norton, Richard K. and Mark A. Wyckoff. 2012. Lessons from Michigan’s Perfect Storm: Term-limited legislature restores mining’s exemption from local zoning. Planning & Environmental Law 64(1):3-10.
Norton, Richard K. 2011. Who decides, how and why? Planning for the judicial review of local legislative zoning decisions. Urban Lawyer 43(4):1085-1105.
Norton, Richard K. 2011. Reconciling sustainability with private property rights in planning law and policy: Review of Takings International, by Rachelle Alterman (2010), Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy 7(1):89-99.
Norton, Richard K., Lorelle A. Meadows, and Guy A. Meadows. 2011. Drawing lines in law books and on sandy beaches: Marking ordinary high water on Michigan’s Great Lakes shorelines under the public trust doctrine. Coastal Management 39(2):133-157.
Brief Amicus Curiae on the case of Burleson v MI Dept. of Environmental Quality, prepared by Richard K. Norton on behalf of the Michigan Association of Planning for the Michigan Court of Appeals in support of the State of Michigan for oral arguments, filed March 30, 2010 (coastal shoreline dynamics and state regulatory boundaries on Michigan's Great Lakes shorelines).
Norton, Richard K. 2008. Using content analysis to evaluate local master plans and zoning codes. Land Use Policy 25(3):432-454.
__________. 2007. Planning for school facilities: School board decision-making and local coordination in Michigan. Journal of Planning Education and Research 26(4):478-496.
Norton, Richard K., A. Brix, T. Brydon, E. Davidian, K. Dinse, and S. Vidyarthi. 2007. Transforming the university campus into a sustainable community. Planning for Higher Education 34(4):22-38.