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Dr. John M. DeGrove

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An icon of comprehensive planning and growth management, both in Florida and across the nation, Dr. John M. DeGrove was known for his unfailing and practical optimism.  Throughout his life he firmly believed that effective land use planning programs could address and overcome the many development decisions that resulted in detrimental and costly impacts to his beloved Florida.

As one of the founders of 1000 Friends of Florida, he always promoted a strong adherence to the sound principles of growth and development decision making to protect the environment, reduce taxpayer burdens for citizens and keep our economy strong.

In 1983, he accepted then Governor Bob Graham’s invitation to become Secretary of Florida’s land planning agency, the Department of Community Affairs.  His academic credentials, coupled with a keen political awareness, allowed him to lead the effort that resulted in passage of the 1985 Growth Management Act.  He was a fierce defender of this comprehensive legislation that continues to shape our surroundings to this day.

But he did more than simply inspire others to follow him.  He laid the solid foundation for all citizens to expect that their elected government can and should hold development interests accountable for their impacts.  This legacy will continue to serve Florida well now and in the future.


Dr. John M. DeGrove: Shaping a Better Future for Florida (April 9, 2014) Recognized as the “father of growth management,” Dr. DeGrove was an influential force in shaping the planning process in our state and many other states across nation.  This webinar focused on his lasting accomplishments and how his principles can continue to be followed as Florida once again faces increasing growth pressures and mounting environmental crises.  Speakers included Frank Schnidman and Susan Coughanour on Dr. DeGrove’s legacy and the evolution of growth management in Florida, Nancy Stroud on moving state planning forward in the 21st century, and Dr. Lance deHaven-Smith on the American Assembly Process and other strategies to build consensus to shape a sustainable future for our state. Check out the PowerPoint.

DeGrove’s Legacy

1000 Friends of Florida Summer 2012 Newsletter — This special edition of Foresight features a series of articles by former Governor Bob Graham and others focusing on Dr. DeGrove’s tremendous impact on our state.

DeGrove Slide Show — 1000 Friends prepared this slideshow honoring Dr. DeGrove in April of 2012.

Growth Management

A History and New Turns in Florida’s Growth Management Reform — Attorney Nancy Stroud overviews the history of growth management in our state, as published in the John Marshall Law Review.

Books Available for Purchase — A number of Dr. DeGrove’s books are available for purchase on line, including Planning Policy and Politics (2005), The New Frontier for Land Policy:  Planning and Growth Management in the States (1992), Balanced Growth:  A Planning Guide for Local Government (1991), Perspectives on Florida’s Growth Management Act of 1985 (1985), Land, Growth & Politics (1984).

The American Assembly Process

FAU American Assemblies — This is a list of American Assemblies conducted by the John Scott Dailey Florida Instutite of Government and the Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions at FAU from 1970 to 2006.

Delray Visions 2000 — Dr. DeGrove was a strong proponent of the American Assembly process, and this is a report he oversaw.

The Joint Center for Environmental and Urban Problems

DeGrove’s Legacy and the Joint Center Model (2012/VIDEO) — This features presentations by Charles L. Siemon, James Nicholas, Lance DeHaven-Smith, Carla Coleman, Sarah Shannon, Frank Schnidman and James Murley.

The Joint Center for Environmental and Urban Problems — Authored by Frank Schnidman, this piece focuses on Dr. DeGrove’s leadership of the FAU/FIU Joint Center for Environmental and Urban Problems.

A History of the John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Government at Florida Atlantic University (2007) — This includes the role of John Scott Dailey and Dr. John M. DeGrove in shaping this institution.

Working with John DeGrove — Dr. James Nicholas shares reminiscences about his many years working with Dr. DeGrove.

CUES Reports — This lists the Center for Urban and Environmental Studies reports from 1973-2007.

Vita — John DeGrove’s resume from 1999.

Politics of Planning and Growth Management — The Fall 1999 syllabus for Dr. John M. DeGrove’s PUP 6105.

Think Tank — September 8, 1987 Miami Herald Article on Dr. DeGrove and the Joint Center.

Land Use Institute:  PLanning, Regulation, Litigation, Eminent Domain and Compensation —  August 1987 Seminar in Reno, Nevada.

Subdivision Redesign and Ownership Pooling — May 1987 Seminar in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The TDR Game: An Innovative Learning Opportunity Created Especially for Planners, Public Officials and Developers  — 1978 Seminar in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Mandatory Planning Seen in Near Future — DeGrove article from February 23, 1976.

Other Resources

A Guide to the John M. DeGrove Papers — Created by John R. Nemmers, this guide overview the contents of the DeGrove Collection at the University of Florida Smathers Libraries.

Transcript of Cynthia Barnett Interview (2001/VIDEO) — As part of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida, John DeGrove was interviewed by Cynthia Barnett on December 1, 2001.

Background Materials — Frank Schnidman has compiled a list of resources related to Dr. John M. DeGrove.

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