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Emory University, Doctor of Law, 2005
University of Florida, Master of Science in Real Estate, 2010


URP 6061: Planning Administration and Ethics
URP 6131: Land Use Planning Law
URP 6341: Urban Planning Project
URP 6603: Development Review


My areas of research are Florida land use regulation including Florida planning and growth management statutes, local government comprehensive planning, local government decision-making consistency, and judicial enforcement of local government land use regulations, the relationship between local government regulatory processes, and the physical form of development.


Thomas Hawkins is a lecturer in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and is program director of the university’s online Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree program. Thomas’s interests include planning and land development regulation under Florida law and the relationship between land development regulation and the built environment.

Thomas teaches land use law, planning administration and ethics, development review, and urban planning project for the department. Thomas has also taught land use law for the Levin College of Law and for Florida State University.

Prior to joining the department, Thomas was policy and planning director of 1000 Friends of Florida—the state’s leading advocate for planning and growth management in the public interest—where he addressed land use and transportation policy. Thomas has also served two terms as a Gainesville city commissioner. He has a law degree from the Emory University School of Law, has a Master of Science in Real Estate from the Hough Graduate School of Business at the University of Florida, is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and is a member of the Florida Bar.

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