+ MRP, Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
+ B.Arch., University of Florida
+ BA, Dartmouth
Research and professional activities
David R. Godschalk is a city and regional planner and a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. His research and publications span three planning fields: 1) Growth Management and Land Use Planning, 2) Hazard Mitigation and Coastal Management, and 3) Dispute Resolution and Public Participation. He is a consultant to state and local governments on growth management, coastal management, and hazard mitigation.
Dr. Godschalk is Stephen Baxter Professor Emeritus in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also a former Adjunct Professor in the real estate curriculum at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC, where he taught an MBA course on site planning and design. He holds degrees from Dartmouth College, University of Florida, and University of North Carolina.
His co-authored books include: Urban Land Use Planning (University of Illinois Press, 2006); Natural Hazard Mitigation: Recasting Disaster Policy and Planning (Island Press, 1999); Pulling Together: A Planning and Development Consensus Building Manual (Urban Land Institute, 1994); Catastrophic Coastal Storms: Hazard Mitigation and Development Management (Duke University Press, 1989); Understanding Growth Management: Critical Issues and a Research Agenda (Urban Land Institute, 1989); Land Supply Monitoring: A Guide for Improving Public and Private Urban Development Decisions (Oelgeschlager, Gunn, and Hain, 1986); and Constitutional Issues of Growth Management (APA Press, 1979).
Godschalk has been vice president of a Tampa consulting firm, planning director of Gainesville, Florida, and a planning faculty member at Florida State University. He has served as an expert witness in planning and growth management cases and an elected member of the Chapel Hill Town Council. He is a registered architect (inactive) in the state of Florida and a retired Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve.
+ “Searching for the Good Plan: A Meta-Analysis of Plan Quality Studies,” Philip R. Berke and David R. Godschalk, Journal of Planning Literature 23:3, 227-240, February, 2009.
+ “Estimating the Value of Foresight: Aggregate Analysis of Natural Hazard Mitigation Benefits and Costs.” David R. Godschalk, Adam Rose, Elliott Mittler, Keith Porter, and Carol Taylor West, Environmental Planning and Management 52:6, 739-756, September, 2009.
+ “Safe Growth Audits.” Zoning Practice 10, 1-7, October 2009.
+ Comment: “U.S. Zoning: Mixed Use By Design,” Journal of the American Planning Association 73:4, 451-453, Autumn, 2007.
+ “Buildout Analysis: A Valuable Planning and Hazard Mitigation Tool,” Zoning Practice 23:3, 2006.
+ Urban Land Use Planning, 5th Edition, Philip Berke, David Godschalk, Edward Kaiser, with Daniel Rodríguez. University of Illinois Press, Chicago. 2006.
+ “Land Use Planning Challenges: Coping with Conflicts in Visions of Sustainable Development and Livable Communities,” Journal of the American Planning Association 70:1, Winter 2004.
+ “Public Participation in Natural Hazard Policy Formation: Challenges for Comprehensive Planning,” Environmental Planning and Management 46:5, September 2003. (with S. Brody and R. Burby)
+ “Natural Hazard Mitigation: Creating Resilient Cities,” Natural Hazards Review 4:3, August 2003.
+ "Learning at a Distance: Technology Impacts on Planning Education," Journal of Planning Education and Research 20:4, Summer 2001. (with L. Lacey)
+ "Montgomery County, Maryland--A Pioneer in Land Supply Monitoring," in Monitoring Land Supply and Capacity with Parcel-Based GIS, New York: Wiley, 2000.
+ "Development Planning," in the Practice of Local Government Planning, Washington D.C.: International City Management Association, 2000. (with E. Kaiser)
+ Natural Hazard Mitigation: Recasting Disaster Policy and Planning. (Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 1999) (David R. Godschalk, Timothy Beatley, Philip Berke, David J. Brower, Edward J. Kaiser, Charles C. Bohl, and R. Matthew Goebel).