Technical Assistance Panels (TAPs) offer a continuum of capacity to municipalities with land use challenges. The cornerstone of our Panels is the ability to connect the public sector to the professional, interdisciplinary expertise of ULI members.



Technical Assistance Panels (TAPs) provide expert, multidisciplinary advice to local governments, public agencies and nonprofit organizations facing complex land use and real estate issues in New York. Read ULI New York’s recently released TAP Reports.

The Urban Land Institute has a long history of providing unbiased, pragmatic solutions and best practice advice on responsible land use and sustainable development. Previous projects have ranged in scope from generating ideas for redeveloping individual sites to creating strategies for revitalizing entire downtown districts.

How Does a TAP Work?

Pre-Panel: Information gathering in cooperation with sponsoring organization to prepare a briefing book summarizing land use assignment.  Such information might include zoning and general plan materials, market data, economic studies and projections, maps (24×36 or 36×48 Aerials and GIS Maps) and other similar materials as needed.  A private sponsor briefing to ULI member experts occurs one to two weeks prior to the panel.

Panel: One or two full days on site with ULI member experts who will provide solutions to the land use challenge.  Experts participate in site tours, confidential stakeholder interviews, brainstorming charrettes and deliver final panel recommendations to the sponsor in a private presentation.

Post-Panel: Public presentation highlighting the outcomes of the panel for the general public; professional report summarizing recommendations and outlining practical implementation strategies for next steps; and, program follow up on one, six and 12-month basis.

Cost: Contact ULI New York Executive Director Felix Ciampa

Recent TAPs

ULI New York Gowanus TAP

More information coming soon!

ULI New York University Heights TAP

On July 23 and 24, 2014 , ULI New York members completed a Technical Assistance Panel for the NYC Department of City Planning (DCP) in the University Heights waterfront section of the Bronx. Chaired by Barry Hersh, Clinical Associate Professor of Real Estate, NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate, the 9-member panel offered recommendations for mixed-use development scenarios for waterfront sites along the Harlem River. The panel saw the University Heights waterfront, with its significant transit resources, as an ideal area for community waterfront recreational activity and high-density mixed-use development, despite limited pedestrian and vehicular access to the waterfront due to the Major Deegan Expressway and the Metro-North Railroad.

Following a tour of the study area and interviews with multiple community stakeholders, the panel put forward a grand vision where the neighborhoods on both sides of the University Heights Bridge – University Heights to east and Inwood and Sherman Creek to the west – are united by the Harlem River as one cohesive and sustainable community. The panel recommended cost-effective strategies to improve pedestrian access along the waterfront, which would be crucial to unlocking the area’s development potential.

In addition to Hersh, panelists included Shay Alster, Partner, GF55 Partners; Michael Beattie, Senior Technical Director, AKRF; Stuart Brodsky, Director, Center for the Sustainable Built Environment, NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate; Leanne Lachman, President, Lachman Associates; Spencer Orkus, Development Director, L+M Development Partners; Jay Valgora, Principal, STUDIO V Architecture; Andrea Wong-Miller, Finance Associate, Civic Builders; and Erik Wood, Project Management, HKS Urban Design Studio

ULI New York Broadway Junction TAP

On June 25 and 26, 2014 ULI New York members completed a Technical Assistance Panel for the NYC Department of City Planning in the area known as Broadway Junction, a 20-block study area in Eastern Brooklyn roughly bounded by Fulton Street to the north, Atlantic Avenue to the south, Georgia Avenue to the east, and Havens Place to the west. Chaired by Janice Barnes, Global Discipline Leader, Perkins+ Will, the 11 member panel interviewed several community stakeholders and toured the study area as part of then TAP process.

The panel identified several key assets in the study area and provided recommendations for streetscape and public realm improvements and property assemblage that could be a catalyst for new retail and entertainment development to serve the surrounding communities and the region more broadly. Recognizing the cultural diversity of Broadway Junction’s adjacent neighborhoods, the panel proposed rebranding the area as a destination for cultural and commercial exchange with new economic development and employment opportunities for neighborhood residents.

The panel’s recommendations around property assemblage, zoning, streetscapes, open space, and economic development are intended to complement DCP’s Sustainable Communities East New York study, including its comprehensive planning approach and its extensive public engagement, as well as the ongoing work of community groups such as the Local Development Corporation of East New York. In addition to Barnes, expert panelists included Anne Covell, Consultant, Groton Analytics; Connie Fishman, Senior Vice President, Real Estate, YMCA of Greater New York City; Anne Fletcher, Principal, HOK Architects; Michael Mifsud, Project Executive, Skanska Commercial Engineering; Alison Novak, Vice President, Development, The Hudson Companies; Robert Riggs, Senior Vice President, Community Preservation Corporation; Gary Sorge, Senior Principal, Stantec; Petr Vancura, Structural Engineer, Gilsanz Murray Steficek, LLP; Scott Walsh, Vice President, Forest City Ratner Companies; and Daniel Windsor, Senior Urban Design Associate, Perkins + Will.

ULI New York Supports City’s Resiliency Efforts with Retail Activation Strategies in Far Rockaway

The New York City Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability (OLTPS) partnered with ULI New York in May 2014 to develop retail activation strategies in the Far Rockaway, New York downtown area surrounding Mott Avenue. Recommendations were developed through a ULI New York Technical Assistance Panel, in consultation with local residents and stakeholders.

For more information on ULI New York’s  TAP Program and to get involved, please contact us!

National Advisory Services Program

ULI’s National Advisory Services program was established in 1947. ULI has completed more than 600 panels, in 47 states, 12 countries, and 4 continents.

TAPs Steering Committee

Peter Liebowitz, WSP (Chair)
Janice Barnes, Perkins + Will
Barry Hersh, NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate
Vivien Krieger, Cozen O’Connor
Gary Sorge, Stantec
David Stebbins, Buffalo Urban Development

Interested in joining the TAPs Steering Committee? Contact Felix Ciampa.