Technical Assistance Panels (TAPs)

Public agencies, private firms, and nonprofit organizations facing complex land use and real estate issues in the San Diego-Tijuana region can get expert and objective advice with the help of TAPs —Technical Assistance Panels — offered by the ULI San Diego-Tijuana District Council. A TAP can save immeasurable research, time and costs.

Technical Assistance Panels (TAPs)

Since 1947, on a national basis, the Urban Land Institute Advisory Services Program has been assisting communities by bringing together nationally-recognized real estate, planning, infrastructure, public sector, finance and development experts, among others, to provide unbiased pragmatic advice for addressing complex land use opportunities and challenges.

The ULI Technical Assistance Panel program benefits local agencies and nonprofit organizations faced with a land use issue that needs private sector input.  ULI San Diego-Tijuana organizes Technical Assistance Panels (TAPs), which are comprised of local ULI members who have expertise related to the issue being studied.  The ULI members donate their time and talent to ULI as a way of giving back to their communities. Panelists have experience in the planning, development and redevelopment of land and the ownership, management and financing of real property, specifically related to the designated study area. TAP panelists are screened to avoid potential conflicts of interest. 

Panels are organized as one-day or two-day projects, depending on the complexity of the scope of work. ULI panels focus on neighborhood revitalization, smart growth, and asset management, to name a few. It is a joint effort between ULI and the organization that produces an implementation strategy that is based on sound information, community realities, and best practices so that the community gets the best possible result.

ULI charges up to $25,000 to local agencies or nonprofits to manage the TAP process and report development.  The TAP process includes identification of the issue, review of the site and briefing materials, and conducting a one to two-day meeting to explore possible solutions. The final result is a comprehensive written report describing the panel’s process with recommendations that cover land use, legal, financial, design and related other topics. 

Check out the video created by ULI San Francisco to help showcase the ULI TAP program.