Thomas Jacobson

Professor
J.D.  University of California Hastings College of Law, 1987
Masters in City Planning U.C. Berkeley, 1987
Office: Rachel Carson Hall 7
Voicemail: 707.664.3145
Fax: 707.664.4202
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:

  • Environmental Literature (ENSP 308)
  • Introduction to Planning (ENSP 310)
  • Environmental Impact Reporting (ENSP 315)
  • Environmental Law (ENSP 404)
  • Land Use Law (ENSP 415)
  • Environmental Planning (ENSP 416)
  • Planning for Sustainable Communities (ENSP 418)

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).