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

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

Roles & Responsibilities of the Steering Committee

The TAPs Chair and Steering Committee members are responsible for supporting the statewide marketing and promotion of ULI New York’s TAPs program, identifying potential TAP sponsors, reviewing and approving the proposed scope of work for each TAP, and recruiting volunteer members to serve as panelists on TAP assignments.

Interested in joining the TAPs Steering Committee? Click on the buttons at the top of the page to apply.

National Advisory Services Program

ULI’s National Advisory Services program was established in 1947. ULI has completed more than 650 panels, in 47 states, 12 countries, and 4 continents.