Technical Assistance

Since 1947, ULI has harnessed the multidisciplinary expertise of its members to help communities solve challenging land use, development, development, and redevelopment issues on behalf of government agencies and community-based nonprofits. At the local level, this is accomplished through a Technical Assistance Panel (TAP). ULI serves as the "honest broker," bringing all stakeholders together in an environment free of politics and preconceptions.

Technical Assistance

We leverage the collective expertise of our members to provide a unique, market-based perspective on a broad range of issues including:
– Strategies for revitalizing corridors or specific properties.
– Analyzing the re-use potential of existing properties.
– Identifying key economic and land use issues relating to public/private land use – situations.
– Evaluating specific development and land proposals or issues.
– Market feasibility analysis, financial structuring, and more.

The applicant provides key questions for the Panel to address, assembles relevant background information and resources, arranges for stakeholder interviews and site logistics.  At least 8-12 weeks’ advance planning is required.  Download the application at right to start the process.

ULI Philadelphia assembles a Panel comprised of 8-15 senior-level members representing the specific land use disciplines needed for each assignment.  Over an intensive working session, Panelists tour the study area, interview stakeholders, and work collaboratively to produce preliminary findings and recommendations which are presented at the conclusion of the TAP in either a private or public forum.  A complete report follows within about a month with detailed recommendations.

A one-day TAP is suitable for a single issue, building or parcel (typically five acres or less) while larger areas and more complex issues require a two-day TAP and possibly more. Applicants pay a nominal fee of $9,000 for a one-day TAP or $15,000 for a two-day TAP – estimated at less than 10% of the value of expertise brought by our volunteer member Panelists – a unique skill set that would not be available “for hire” anywhere.


Questions or you’d like to serve on a TAP?  Contact Laura Slutsky.

Peter Angelides

Econsult SolutionsTAPs Co-Chair

Patty Elkis

Delaware Valley Regional Planning CommissionTAPs Co-Chair