Since 1947, ULI has harnessed the multidisciplinary expertise of its members to help communities solve challenging land use, 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.
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 12 weeks’ advance planning from final scope development is required. 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 2-day 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 two months with detailed recommendations.
Questions or you’d like to serve on a TAP? Contact Kevin Moran.
Start the Process
To start the TAP process, download the application today.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who are the Panelists?
A TAP consists of volunteers from the 900 ULI members in the Philadelphia District Council chosen specifically for each assignment. Panelists usually include at least one for-profit or nonprofit developer, designer and/or planner, market and/or financial analyst, and a regulatory expert. Panelists with a potential conflict of interest will be deferred for other client opportunities.
What are the Deliverables?
Findings are delivered in a PowerPoint presentation at the end of each 1 – 2 day-long panel, along with a final report of recommendations.
What is the Application Process?
Clients can apply to the TAPs program at any time. After receiving an application, members of the TAP committee will arrange an initial meeting to understand and refine the assignment and objectives as well as identify key issues. Decisions on whether the committee can accept the panel assignment will be determined shortly after the initial meeting.
How much lead time is necessary?
12-weeks lead-time is necessary to provide sufficient time to assemble the best available panel members, compile briefing materials and plan for the logistics of the TAP program. ULI Philadelphia charges a fee for each of its panels to cover associated costs and staff time.
What is a Virtual TAP?
During the COVID-19 pandemic, ULI Philadelphia will offer a Virtual TAP delivery for communities that face challenges that can be adequately answered in this medium. In most cases, the only significant difference is how the panelists “tour” a site. There are many flexible options for how this can occur, and we will work directly with the host to determine the best option.
In some cases, provided the scope of the questions or challenge, we can also provide a one-day agenda that culminates in a less formal set of recommendations but relies on the same trusted third-party expertise.
While administrivia fees for two-day or one-day TAPs remain the same, provided the hard costs of delivering a TAP, the variable costs of items related to travel, food and beverage and other incidentals will be void, providing cost savings for the host.
Why Choose Us?
ULI Philadelphia can deliver honest, unbiased answers to our clients’ questions. We are uniquely positioned with the flexibility to swiftly formulate, manage and implement on-call dynamic Technical Assistance Panels on a relatively short notice. In addition, our experienced panelists are prepared to address both location-specific and larger high-level public policy analysis, providing the client with a unique and comprehensive review. All panelists adhere to the ULI Code of Ethics.
View Completed TAP Reports
Since 2011, ULI Philadelphia has conducted nearly 20 Technical Assistance Panels. A comprehensive report, including detailed recommendations, is available for each.