Jerry Weitz, Ph.D., FAICP




Jerry Weitz is associate professor and director of the urban and regional planning program at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, a position he began in August 2010. He teaches land use planning, land use regulation, historic preservation planning, and planning practice studio. Dr. Weitz specializes in growth management, comprehensive planning, and land use regulations, and since 2001 he has maintained his own planning consulting firm, Jerry Weitz & Associates, Inc. Since 2003, Weitz has been editor of the only member publication of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), Practicing Planner. In 2011, he was appointed to the Greenville, NC, Planning and Zoning Commission.

Weitz served as president of the Georgia chapter of the American Planning Association from 2003 to 2005, and the Georgia chapter won an achievement award for outstanding service to its members in 2005. Weitz was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners in 2008.  Dr. Weitz has a book pending on the ethics of planning practice and another in the works on planning techniques and methods. He has also worked for city, county, regional, and state governments during his career which spans 29 years.








My area of emphasis is growth management at local, regional, and state levels of government. Articles published in the Journal of the American Planning Association (Weitz and Moore 1998, Weitz and Crawford 2012) and Journal of Planning Literature (Weitz 1999a, Weitz 2012) demonstrate a research agenda focused on growth management during career points when academics were more heavily emphasized (1997-1999 at Portland State University) and at East Carolina University (2010 to present). The published JAPA articles (Weitz and Moore 1998; Weitz and Crawford 2012) reflect empirical work with colleagues on the effectiveness of urban growth boundaries in Oregon and a national analysis of employment sprawl, respectively. The JPL bibliographies reflect a synthesis of literature on state growth management programs (1999) and growth management more generally (2012). My work has also included publication of a case study on managing growth in suburbanizing Jackson County, Georgia (Weitz 2010a).


2001 to 2004


From 2001 to 2004, I emphasized professional consulting practice while maintaining a foot in the door of the academy (Kennesaw State University, Troy University, and Georgia institute of Technology). During this time I emphasized growth management from a scholar-practitioner perspective. My work on growth management during this time period extended the practice emphasis first established in my book, Sprawl Busting (Weitz 1999b).  Such growth management practice emphases included: (1) a user guide for the American Planning Association’s Growing Smart Legislative Guidebook (Jerry Weitz & Associates, Inc. 2001); (2) Planning Advisory Service Reports on smart growth audits (Weitz and Waldner 2002) and jobs-housing balance (Weitz 2003); (3) a model land use management code for small cities and rural counties for the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (Jerry Weitz & Associates, inc. 2002a; revised 2007); and (4) guidebooks on jobs-housing balancing agency rule implementation for the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority in the Atlanta region (Jerry Weitz & Associates, Inc. 2002b) and regional growth management policy implementation by local governments for the Atlanta Regional Commission (Jerry Weitz & Associates, Inc. 2004).



2005 to 2009


From 2005 to 2009, I worked almost exclusively on consulting assignments with only limited adjunct activity in the academy. During this time I prepared several comprehensive plans, land use regulations, development impact fee programs, and other professional work for clients. I also emphasized presentations at regional and state planning conferences, mostly in Georgia, on such topics as land use management and ethics. My publications during this time period were dictated primarily by my role as editor of Practicing Planner (American Institute of Certified Planners, a position I have maintained from 2001, when the publication was known as Planners’ Casebook) to present. During this time period almost all of my publications were in Practicing Planner on a wide range of planning practice topics, including but not limited to: conservation thresholds for land use planning (Weitz 2009a), transportation planning (2009b), the status of suburbia (Weitz 2008), regulating rock quarries (Weitz and Riker 2008), impact fees (Weitz 2007), new urbanism (Weitz 2006a), and form-based codes (Weitz 2005a). Other publications during this time period included parts of books related to growth management (Weitz 2005b and 2006b).




In addition to maintaining continuity in my primary area of emphasis on growth management, from 2010 to present, I have expanded my areas of research interest while also maintaining my professional consulting practice (Jerry Weitz & Associates, Inc.) and editing responsibilities for Practicing Planner.




In 2012 I was invited by APA to write a book on ethics (Weitz, forthcoming). A proposal was accepted in May 2012, a contract was signed, the book was written and edited by November 2012, and publication was scheduled for March 2013 to coincide with the American Planning Association’s national planning conference in Chicago (April 2013).  The book has not yet been released for publication by the AICP ethics officer, who is scheduled to write a forward for the book, and APA.




I didn’t necessarily intend to emphasize sustainability, but my work as editor of Practicing Planner led me in this direction.  To reinforce work by other contributing authors, I have written articles about advancing environmental planning toward greater emphasis on sustainability. These include a short piece on artificial trees for carbon capture (Weitz 2010b), a book chapter on the future of the “green” south (Weitz 2011a) and contributions in Practicing Planner (Weitz 2010c; 2012c; Ernst and Weitz 2013; Weitz 2014a).


Comprehensive Planning for Public Health


Another opportunity via grant funding at East Carolina University has recently led me in the direction of comprehensive planning for healthy communities. In January 2014, the North Carolina Department of Commerce published a guidebook on local comprehensive planning for healthy communities which I authored (Weitz 2014b). With another, smaller grant I prepared a comprehensive plan for a small town in Greene County, NC, emphasizing healthy community planning and also involving undergraduate planning seniors in a studio (Weitz 2014c).


Planning Practice and Planning Techniques


I have continued my interests and writing in various topics of planning practice, including housing needs assessment (Weitz 2011b), improving new urbanism (Weitz 2011c), and rationales for comprehensive planning (Weitz 2012d). I intend to continue an emphasis on planning practice as co-author of a forthcoming book on planning techniques and methods (Jepson and Weitz, 2015 forthcoming). During this recent time period, I have continued to produce professional work as a planning consultant and edit manuscripts for Practicing Planner.




Jepson, Jr. Edward J., and Jerry Weitz. 2015, forthcoming. Introduction to Planning Techniques. New York: Routledge.


Weitz, Jerry. Forthcoming. The Ethical Planning Practitioner. Chicago: Planners Press. ISBN: 978-1-61190-081-1 (pbk.)


Weitz, Jerry. March 2014a. “The Evolving Sustainability Playbook of Planning Practice.” Practicing Planner 12 (1).


Weitz, Jerry. 2014b. Guidebook on Local Planning for Healthy Communities. Raleigh: North Carolina Department of Commerce, Community Assistance Division.


Weitz, Jerry. 2014c. Town of Snow Hill, NC, Comprehensive Plan.


Ernst, Robert and Jerry Weitz. March 2013. “Moving Beyond Conventional Environmental Planning.” Practicing Planner 11 (1).


Weitz, Jerry. 2012a. “Growth Management in the United States, 2000-2010: A Decennial Review and Synthesis.” Journal of Planning Literature 27 (4): 394-433.


Weitz, Jerry. June 2012c. “A New Framework for the Pursuit of Sustainability.” Practicing Planner 10 (2).


Weitz, Jerry. March 2012d. “Why Local Governments Need Comprehensive Plans.” Practicing Planner 10 (1).


Weitz, Jerry, and Tom Crawford. 2012. “Where the Jobs Are Going: Job Sprawl in U.S. Metropolitan Regions, 2001-2006.” Journal of the American Planning Association 78 (1): 53-69.


Weitz, Jerry. 2011a. “The Future of the Green South”, In Daniel P. Gitterman and Peter A. Coclanis (Eds.) A Way Forward: Building a Globally Competitive South, (pp. 140-146). Chapel Hill, Global Research Institute.


Weitz, Jerry. December 2011b. “Assessing Housing Needs in Edgecombe County, North Carolina.” Practicing Planner 9 (4).


Weitz, Jerry. June 2011c. “Improving New Urbanism: The Next Thirty Years.”  Practicing Planner 9 (2).


Weitz, Jerry. December 2010a. “Managing Growth in Suburbanizing Jackson County, Georgia.” Practicing Planner 8 (4).


Weitz, Jerry. August/September 2010b). “Carbon Capture with Artificial Trees.” Planning 76 (7): 20.


Weitz, Jerry. June 2010c. Advancing Sustainability by Considering the Interrelatedness of Settlement Functions.”  Practicing Planner 8 (2).


Weitz, Jerry. March 2009a. “Applying ELI’s Conservation Thresholds for Land Use Planners.”  Practicing Planner Vol. 7 (1).


Weitz, Jerry. September 2009b. ’Big Picture’ Content Checklist and Resources for Transportation Planners.” Practicing Planner 7 (3).


Weitz, Jerry. December 2008. The End of Suburbia: Thirty Years Older, and Not a Day Smarter?” Practicing Planner Vol. 6 (4).


Weitz, Jerry, and James Riker. September 2008. “Regulating Rock Quarries.”  Practicing Planner 6 (3).


Weitz, Jerry. September 2007. “Reflections on Impact Fee Practice.” Practicing Planner 5 (3).


Weitz, Jerry. September 2006a. “New Urban Developments: Do They Live Up to the Claims of Proponents?”  Practicing Planner 4 (3).


Weitz, Jerry. 2006b. “Smart Growth Audits,” pp. 611-612 in Planning and Urban Design Standards. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


Weitz, Jerry. September 2005a. “Form-Based Codes: A Supportive but Critical Perspective.” Practicing Planner 3 (3).


Weitz, Jerry. 2005b. “Comments on Delaney and Meck Papers,” Chapter 5, in Daniel R. Mandelker, Editor, Planning Reform in the New Century, pp. 86-89. Chicago: Planners Press.


Jerry Weitz & Associates, Inc. 2004. Regional Development Plan Guidebook. Atlanta: Atlanta Regional Commission.


Weitz, Jerry. 2003. Jobs-Housing Balance. Planning Advisory Service Report No. 516. Chicago: American Planning Association.


Weitz, Jerry, and Leora Waldner. 2002. Smart Growth Audits. Planning Advisory Service Report No. 512. Chicago: American Planning Association.


Jerry Weitz & Associates, Inc. 2002a. Guidebook for Area of Influence Analyses to Comply with Administrative Rules for Developments of Regional Impact. Atlanta: Georgia Regional Transportation Authority.


Jerry Weitz & Associates, Inc. 2002b (Revised 2007). Model Land Use Management Code for Small Cities and Rural Counties in Georgia. Atlanta: Georgia Department of Community Affairs, Office of Coordinated Planning.


Jerry Weitz & Associates, Inc. 2001. User Manual for the Growing Smart Legislative Guidebook. Chicago: American Planning Association Research Department.


Weitz, Jerry. 1999a. “From Quiet Revolution to Smart Growth: State Growth Management Programs, 1960 to 1999.”  Council of Planning Librarians (CPL) Bibliography 355/356/357.  Journal of Planning Literature 14 (2): 266-337.


Weitz, Jerry. 1999b. Sprawl Busting: State Programs to Guide Growth.  Chicago: Planners Press.


Weitz, Jerry, and Terry Moore. 1998. “Development Inside Urban Growth Boundaries: Oregon’s Empirical Evidence of Contiguous Urban Form.  Journal of the American Planning Association 64 (4): 424-440.