Stuart Meck

Stuart Meck, FAICP/PP
Associate Research Professor and Director, Center for Planning Practice
B.A. and M.A. in Journalism and Master of City Planning, The Ohio State University; M.B.A., Wright State University


Contact Information

Civic Square Building, room 247

Phone: (848) 932-2749

Fax: (732) 932-3586



Research Interests

  • Land use law
  • Planning statute reform
  • State growth management
  • Affordable housing
  • Planning and zoning administration
  • Impact analysis
  • Public administration and finance
  • Comprehensive planning


Publications (2000-present) (partial list)

  • With Kenneth Pearlman, Ohio Planning and Zoning Law, 2014 (19th) Edition. Eagan, MN: Thomson-Reuters-West, 2014. (published annually)

  • With Rebecca C. Retzlaff, “President Jimmy Carter’s Urban Policy:  A Reconstruction and An Appraisal,” Journal of Planning History 11(3) (2012): 242-280.
  • With Daniel R. Mandelker et al., Planning and Control of Land Development:  Cases and Materials, 8th Edition, and Teacher’s Manual. LexisNexis 2011.

  • With Gregory K. Ingram, et al., Smart Growth Policies:  An Evaluation of Programs and Outcomes.  Cambridge, MA:  Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2009 (Chapter 6, Affordable Housing, with Tim MacKinnon, and Chapter 12, New Jersey State Profile).
  • With Daniel R. Mandelker, et al., 2009 Update Letter, Planning and Control of Land Development:  Cases and Materials. 7th Edition. Newark, NJ:  Lexis-Nexis, 2008.
  • Chapter 6, Planning, in Managing Local Government Services, edited by Carl Stenberg and Susan Austin. Washington, D.C.: ICMA Press, 2007.
  • Numerous articles in American Planning Association, Planning and Urban Design Standards. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2006.
  • “Notes on Planning Statute Reform: Guideposts for the Road Ahead,” in Planning Reform in the New Century, edited by Daniel R. Mandelker. Chicago: Planners Press, 2005.
  • Growing Smart Legislative Guidebook: Model Statutes for Planning and the Management of Change, 2002 Edition. Chicago: American Planning Association, January 2002. (Gen. editor).
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Monographs, Articles, and Papers



  • “Restoring the Public Interest and Social Equity to the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct,” given at the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association Annual Conference, New Brunswick, November 4, 2010. [link to file].

  • “How States Administer Smart Growth Laws: Some Approaches for Iowa,” webinar for State of Iowa Smart Planning Task Force, August 10, 2010 [link to presentation]

  • With Michele Donato and Eric Damian Kelly, “Updating Your Zoning and Subdivision Code,” New Jersey State League of Municipalities Annual Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, November 17, 2009 [link to file]

  • With Marya Morris, U.S. Virgin Islands Zoning and Subdivision Code Assessment, August 5-7, 2009, U.S.V.I. [link to file]

  • “Social Equity for Planning Commissioners:  An Introduction,” American Planning Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV, April 30, 2008 [link to file]

  • “Zoning and Anti-Semitism in the 1920s: The Case of Cleveland Jewish Orphan Home v. Village of University Heights and Its Aftermath,” Bloustein School, February 5, 2008 [link to file]

  • With Stuart Koenig and Dwight Merriam, “McMansions and Teardowns:  What’s Causing It and What to Do About It,”  New Jersey State League of Municipalities Annual Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, November 13, 2007 [link to file]

  • With Michele LeFaivre, “The Zoning Hearing Examiner Examined,” Professional Development Institute Learning Lab, Bloustein School, October 23, 2007 [link to file]

  • “Federal Studies on Affordable Housing and Regulatory Barriers:  An Overview,” U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Workforce Housing Conference, Louisville, KY, June 20, 2007 [link to file]

  • With Rebecca Retzlaff, “Reconstructing Golden v. Town of Ramapo:  The Real Story Behind the First Major Growth Management Plan in the U.S.,” Bloustein School, March 2, 2007 [link to file]

  • “A Brief History of Zoning and Development Regulations in the U.S., “ Bloustein School, November 1, 2006 [link to file]

  • “Curbing Eminent Domain in Ohio:  City of Norwood v. Horney,”  New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association Conference, November 3, 2006 [link to file]

  • “Do State Planning Laws Really Matter or Must We Lower Our Expectations?” Bloustein School, March 16, 2006 [link to file]



Stuart Meck is an associate research professor and director of the Center for Planning Practice in the Bloustein School.  He teaches planning law, planning and land use administration, history and theory of planning, ethics in planning and public policy, and transportation impact analysis for development proposals. Prior to his faculty appointment, he was director of the Center for Government Services (CGS), which was formerly part of the Bloustein School and served as the School’s training, research, and technical assistance unit. A specialist in planning statute reform and land use controls, Meck is a former national president of the American Planning Association, has 40 years of experience as a professional planner, researcher, and municipal administrator, and has written widely on planning and land use controls. His two major works are the Growing Smart Legislative Guidebook: Model Statutes for Planning and the Management of Change, 2002 edition (American Planning Association, 2002), for which he served as principal investigator and general editor; and, with Kenneth Pearlman, Ohio Planning and Zoning Law, 17th edition (Thomson-West 2012). Meck is also a coeditor and coauthor, with Professor Daniel R. Mandelker of the Washington University School of Law and several other attorneys and law professors, of Planning and Control of Land Development: Cases and Materials, 8th Edition (Lexis/Nexis, 2011).  He has done consulting work for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Czech Republic, the Fannie Mae Foundation, the Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Hillsborough County, Florida, and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, among others.  He has also provided technical assistance to a number of New Jersey municipalities.  He is currently heading up a team from Rutgers and Duncan Associates in Chicago that is drafting a new zoning and subdivision code and zoning map for the U.S. Virgin Islands. Meck is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP), a licensed Professional Planner (PP) in New Jersey, and a registered Professional Community Planner (PCP) in Michigan.  Meck holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Journalism and a Master of City Planning from the Ohio State University, and an M.B.A. from Wright State University.  Meck is also an adjunct assistant professor in the Goucher College Master of Historic Preservation program. A City of Trenton resident, he is a member of its Master Plan Steering


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