Stuart Meck, FAICP, whose 45-year planning career encompassed research, professional practice, teaching, and APA leadership, died April 15, 2018, at the age of 70.
Meck was associate research professor and director of the Center for Planning Practice in the Bloustein School at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where he had served for 13 years. He also served as an adjunct associate professor for the master of arts in historic preservation program at Goucher College.
Previously he spent 11 years as a senior research fellow at the American Planning Association and 12 years as assistant city manager and planning director of the City of Oxford, Ohio.
He was president of the American Planning Association from 1989 to 1991 and was active with APA New Jersey for over a decade serving on the Legislative Committee and Faculty Liaison to the Bloustein School.
“His major professional contribution has been APA’s Growing Smart Project, a multiyear effort to draft the next generation of model planning and zoning enabling legislation,” wrote the FAICP committee when Meck was inducted into the AICP College of Fellows in 2000.
Major works include the Growing Smart Legislative Guidebook: Model Statutes for Planning and the Management of Change, for which he served as principal investigator and general editor, and Ohio Planning and Zoning Law with Kenneth Pearlman.
Meck held bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism and a master of city planning from Ohio State University as well as a master’s degree in business administration from Wright State University.
In lieu of a service, Meck’s family will be establishing a lecture series at Rutgers University. “The Stuart Meck Memorial Lecture” will highlight the work of experts, emerging scholars, and professionals focused on land use law and affordable housing.
APA New Jersey is currently identifying ways to honor Stuart which will be announced in the upcoming months.