Eric Kelly's Bio

Eric Damian Kelly, J.D., Ph.D., FAICP

Eric Damian Kelly is a city planner and lawyer who currently serves as Professor of Urban Planning at Ball State University. Kelly came to Indiana in 1995 as Dean of the College of Architecture and Planning at Ball State; he resigned from that position in 1998 but remains on the BSU faculty and served an additional two and one-half years as acting chair of his department. He is a native of Colorado and spent 5 years as Chair of the Department of Community and Regional Planning at Iowa State University before moving to Indiana. In 1999, Kelly was named one of the first 46 members of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Also in 1999, Gov. Frank O’Bannon appointed Kelly to the new Indiana Land Resources Council; he has been reappointed by two subsequent governors. At the Fall 2000 Convocation at Ball State, Kelly was named one of three University Teaching Professors for the 2000-01 academic year. Kelly is a past president of the American Planning Association. In May 2010 he was elected chair of the Ball State University Senate for the 2010-11 Academic Year.
A graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, Kelly also received Juris Doctor and Master of City Planning Degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in public policy from The Union Institute. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi honorary society.
His recent publications include Managing Community Growth, Second Edition (Praeger, 2005); Community Planning: an Introduction to the Comprehensive Plan, 2d. Ed. (Island Press, 2009). He is also the author or lead co-author of six technical reports in the planning field, the most recent of which is on the regulation of sexually oriented businesses; one, Sign Regulation for Small and Midsize Communities, was long a best-seller for the Planners Bookstore. Kelly is also General Editor of the 10-volume legal treatise, Zoning and Land Use Controls, published by Matthew Bender; he prepares three update releases per year for the treatise; Chapter 17 of the treatise is devoted entirely to the legal issues involved in regulating signs and billobards. Since 1996, he has been the sole author for updates to the one-volume A Practical Guide to Winning Land Use Permits and Approvals, also published by Matthew Bender.
In addition to his academic and scholarly work, Kelly maintains a limited professional practice. With 35 years of experience in the field, he has worked with local governments in more than thirty states. For the last 20 years, most of his consulting work has been with Duncan Associates, a firm based in Austin, Texas; he functions from a virtual office from Muncie or, part of the year, from Cotopaxi, Colorado. His consulting work has taken him to more than three dozen states and involved work with more than 150 individual local governments. Most of his work has involved plan implementation, ranging from smart growth strategies to facilities financing plans to new zoning and subdivision ordinances. He also deals with some of the complex issues that arise at the intersection of planning and law.

Eric Damian Kelly, Ph.D., FAICP

Duncan Associates
Professor of Urban Planning
2312 West Audubon Drive
Ball State University
Muncie IN 47304-2003
Muncie IN 47306


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