Thomas Jacobson

Professor
J.D.  University of California Hastings College of Law, 1987
Masters in City Planning U.C. Berkeley, 1987
Office: Stevenson 1032
Voicemail: 707.664.3145
Fax: 707.664.4333
Email: tom.jacobson@sonoma.edu

Academic Interests:

My primary teaching, research, and professional interests are planning and regulation for sustainable development, growth management, property rights and environmental regulation, and development “impact” fees.  I direct Sonoma State’s Institute for Community Planning Assistance and am Interim Director of its Sustainable Communities program.  I’ve practiced as a land use and environmental lawyer and as a planner throughout California.  I’m a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the California Planning Roundtable and was an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law.

Course Offerings:

  • GEP 332 - Environmental Literature
  • GEP 360 - Introduction to Planning
  • GEP 362 - Environmental Impact Reporting
  • GEP 336 - Environmental Law
  • GEP 363 - Land Use Law
  • GEP 364 - Environmental Planning
  • GEP 366 - Planning for Sustainable Communities

Selected Publications:

Exactions and Impact Fees in California, Solano Press Books (William Abbott, Peter Detwiler, M. Thomas Jacobson, Margaret Sohagi, Harriet Steiner) (In press)

"Regulating Greenfield Land Development," in The Practice of Local Planning (Eighth Ed.), International City Management Association and American Planning Association (In press)

"Tribal Gaming and Community Planning in California," California Planning Roundtable (Albert Herson, Steven Preston, Thomas Jacobson, Marvin Roos) (2007)

"Growth Management” and “Aesthetic Regulation and Design Review" chapters in California Land Use Practice, California Continuing Education of the Bar (2006)

"Government and Sustainability's Triple Bottom Line: Promoting the 'Three E’s'," in Sustainable World: Technology, Humans, and Society, Academic Press (2001).