Thomas L. Daniels

Tom Daniels is a Full Professor who directs the concentration in Environmental Planning and Growth Management. Tom's main areas of interest are farmland preservation, growth management, and connection between land use and water quality. Tom was the Director of the Lancaster County agricultural Preserve Board from 1989 to 1998. He often serves as a consultant to state and local governments and land trusts.


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 recently published "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.

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University of Pennsylvania School of Design
Professor of City and Regional Planning
127 Meyerson Hall
210 South 34th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19104
Phone: (215) 573-8965


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2 Introductory articles were found for Thomas L. Daniels

Land Preservation - An Essential Ingredient in Smart Growth


The preservation of land for working rural landscapes, wildlife habitat, urban parks, recreational trails, and protecting water supplies and floodplains is emerging as an integral component of smart growth programs. Both the general public and non-profit organizations have been willing to spend billions of dollars on land preservation because of a perception that traditional land use planning and regulation are not successfully accommodating growth or protecting valuable natural resources. The literature on smart growth has largely overlooked the potential of land preservation to curb sprawl and to foster livable communities. On the other hand, the literature on land preservation has focused on the mechanics of conservation easements and land purchases rather than on how land preservation can fit in the comprehensive planning process to achieve community smart growth goals. More research needs to be done on the strategic use of land preservation in shaping and directing growth as part of a comprehensive planning effort. 


Transferring Wealth through Land Conservation


The United States is about to experience its largest-ever intergenerational transfer of wealth: more than $10 trillion are expected to change hands in the next 10 to 20 years. Much of this wealth transfer will include hundreds of millions of acres of family-owned forests, ranchlands, and farmlands. How the heirs use or dispose of those lands will greatly affect America’s food and fiber industries, development patterns, and environment.