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, comprehensive planning, 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 holds degrees from Dartmouth College, the University of Florida, and the University of North Carolina. He received the 2015 President’s Award from the American Planning Association for his leadership of the Sustaining Places initiative.
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).
His hazards articles include: “Safe Growth Audits” (Zoning Practice, October 2009); “Estimating the Value of Foresight: Aggregate Analysis of Natural Hazard Mitigation Benefits and Costs” (Environmental Planning and Management, September, 2009); “Searching for the Good Plan: A Meta-Analysis of Plan Quality Studies” (Journal of Planning Literature, February, 2009); “Benefit-Cost Analysis of FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grants” (Natural Hazards Review, November; 2007); “Natural Hazard Mitigation: Creating Resilient Cities” (Natural Hazards Review, August 2003); “Public Participation in Natural Hazard Policy Formation: Challenges for Comprehensive Planning” (Environmental Planning and Management, September 2003); “Land Use Planning Challenges: Coping with Conflicts in Visions of Sustainable Development and Livable Communities” (Journal of the American Planning Association, Winter 2004); “Mitigate, Mitigate, Mitigate” Viewpoint (Planning, November, 2005); and “Mitigation Generates Savings of Four to One and Enhances Community Resilience” (Natural Hazard Observer, March, 2006).
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 as 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.