Advisory Services

The objective of ULI Houston's Technical Assistance Panel (TAP), offered as an Advisory Service, is to provide expert, multidisciplinary advice on land use and real estate issues facing public agencies, non-profit organizations, and private land owners in the Greater Houston Metropolitan area.

Advisory Services

ULI Houston’s Technical Assistance Panels (TAPs) are one way for our members to give back to our region. Our prior TAPs have helped influence our community’s use of land. Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Reimagining the Richmond Corridor – TAP report on redeveloping Richmond Avenue spurred changes within the applicable Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone and other developments to lay the groundwork for improving the area’s infrastructure and public services.
  • The Discovery District – TAP report on encouraging more residential development in downtown helped provide the basis for the Downtown Living Initiatives 380 program. This program has stimulated construction of more residential housing in downtown.

Panels range from week-long Advisory Services Panels that bring national experts to address larger scale, complex issues, to 2-day Technical Assistance Panels using local expertise on more focused, specific questions.

TAPs provide objective, multidisciplinary advice on land use and real estate issues facing public sector organizations, non-profit organizations and private landowners in the greater Houston metropolitan area. Each TAP has the following characteristics:

  • The sponsor defines a scope to meet its needs.
  • Panel formats are usually two days with appropriate preparation done ahead of time with the sponsor’s assistance.
  • The panel is made up of real estate professionals across multiple disciplines who have addressed similar issues.
  • All panelists must have no conflict of interest at the start of the TAP and agree not to solicit work from the sponsor for six months following the TAP’s conclusion. The panelists volunteer their service; however, a fee is charged to pay for the TAP’s expenses and to support ULI Houston’s ongoing operations.

Urban Land Institute (ULI) is a non-profit research and education organization supported by more than thirty-eight thousand members worldwide and almost one thousand members in the greater Houston area. ULI members represent the entire spectrum of land use and real estate development disciplines working in private enterprise and public service. The mission of ULI is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities. ULI has been recognized for many years as one of the most respected sources of objective information on urban planning, growth and development. ULI’s website,, has more details about its impact, programming and members.

ULI Houston is a District Council of ULI. District Councils represent ULI at the local level, encouraging the exchange of ideas and communication of ULI best practices among and beyond local members. Our members, partners and guests come together at educational programs and other events to share experiences and learn from each other. ULI Houston’s website,, has more details about events, membership and opportunities to serve the community.


Redeveloping the East End, Catalysts for Sustainable Transitions

In recent years, neighborhoods within Houston’s most inner loop have experienced a high degree of redevelopment. Stoked by an influx of new residents attracted to downtown amenities and primed by the region’s growing economy, residential and commercial development has taken off in central Houston. Public and private investments in the public realm — from new light rail lines to mixed-use developments to significant greenspace improvements — have amplified this growth. Despite its rapid pace, new development and the benefits it brings has not spread evenly across the city’s central neighborhood.



Reimagining the Richmond Corridor

Once the epicenter of entertainment, dining and apartments catering to young professionals, Richmond Ave. west of Chimney Rock has faded. A ULI panel offered a new vision of a multipurpose collection of districts, but success hinges on uniting diverse interests to speak with a single, consistent voice.


Making the Case for Urban Green Space in Southeastern Downtown

SEdowntownTAPScreenshotULI Houston and a panel of experts explore options to revitalize and reimagine a greener, more vibrant future for Southeast Downtown Houston.

View or download a free copy of the report HERE.

 Transit-Oriented Transformation on the Near Northside

Screenshot MetroTAPImproving pedestrian access to encourage greater use of the new north extension of the Red Line. Envisioning and urging better land use for the community, the university and the transit authority.

View or download a free copy of the report HERE.

The Discovery District: A Road Map and Toolkit to Connect, Catalyze and Capitalize the Transformation of Downtown Houston

Screenshot 2015-01-06 18.12.07The findings of this TAP provided the basis for the Downtown Living Initiatives 380 Program, and spurred residential development in the city’s urban core.

View or download a free copy of the report HERE

Montrose at the Crossroads

Screenshot 2015-01-06 18.18.42Findings from the Houston Technical Assistance Panel produced for organizing sponsors, Blueprint Houston and the Neartown Association

View or download a free copy of the report HERE.



Sustainable Neighborhoods for Galveston

Rebuilding Galveston after hurricane Ike.
ULI outreach to the City of Galveston and Galveston Housing Authority in the aftermath of hurricane Ike included a pro bono national advisory service panel and ongoing technical assistance from volunteer experts in the Houston District Council.

View the National Advisory Panel Report HERE.