Montgomery County, MD – Virtual Advisory Service Panel

The Montgomery County Planning Department is in the process of updating its Subdivision Staging Policy (SSP), the document that guides the balance of the county’s growth with infrastructure. Montgomery Planning asked ULI’s Advisory Services Program to convene a virtual Advisory Services Panel of independent, volunteer land use and real estate experts to review and provide recommendations on Montgomery Planning’s preliminary recommendations on the update to the policy’s schools element. The ULI panel also provided a national perspective on best practices and resources related to policies that guide growth, infrastructure funding and school capacity issues….
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Toronto, ON – Advisory Service Panel

Aging, purpose-built rental apartment buildings are the backbone of the rental stock in Canada and are home to hundreds of thousands of households with modest and low incomes. Over 500,000 Toronto residents live in approximately 1,000 towers that are 8 or more floors and built before 1985. The majority (85%) of these buildings are privately owned. One in three low-income families live in these apartment towers. With rental rates lower than those of newer rental building, the housing opportunities in Toronto’s Towers provides the “de-facto” affordable housing option for Torontonians….
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Austin, Texas – Advisory Service Panel

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is poised to initiate the schematic design and environmental study of an approximately 10-mile reconstruction project of the Interstate Highway 35 (I-35) through the heart of Austin, Texas (the Capital Express Central Project). The project will include the lowering of approximately 3 miles of highway through the center of the city. The State has identified an estimated more than $7 billion to upgrade the aging highway infrastructure an expects to begin construction in 2024 or 2025. An advisory services panel made recommendations to TxDOT, the city of Austin and the Downtown Austin Alliance on capping the I-35 freeway and ensuring a more integrated approach to corridor planning. …
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Shaw University, Raleigh, North Carolina – Advisory Service Panel

Shaw University is a private liberal arts institution located in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. Shaw holds the distinction of being the first historically black university in the southern United States and among the oldest Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) in the nation. As such, Shaw has a long history of educating African Americans in business, arts, and sciences; a mission it proudly continues today. However, like many small, private institutions, Shaw is challenged by declining enrollment, aging facilities, and a limited endowment. Shaw understands that its greatest asset is its location and real estate. The University’s physical setting is at the southern edge of Raleigh’s central business district, and in proximity to the state capitol, Dorothea Dix Park, the campus of North Carolina State University, along with four other colleges and universities, and thriving adjacent residential neighborhoods. Additionally, the institution owns several properties outside its core campus both in Raleigh and in cities across North Carolina….
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Pottstown, Pennsylvania – Advisory Service Panel

Pottstown is a borough in southeast Pennsylvania, with a rich history in iron and steel. Despite being located in a prosperous county, Pottstown has struggled to keep pace as manufacturing jobs have fled the region, much like the rest of the country. Compared to its surrounding neighbors, Pottstown has the highest concentration of poverty and lowest educational attainment, and the highest rates of unemployment and adults who lack a regular source of health care. The housing stock is old and in need of repair and renovation. The proliferation of nonprofit organizations, including an elite school and hospital, inadvertently keep the tax base low, which has affected the financial health of the Borough, resulting in significant impacts on school quality. 

A ULI Advisory Services panel was brought in to make recommendations to the Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation and local stakeholders. The Panel came up with several community-minded economic development strategies for Pottstown’s future, including economic development projects, job-enabling plans, financing and housing strategies. …
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University of Virginia Foundation – Charlottesville, Virginia – Advisory Service Panel

In 1985, the University of Virginia engaged an Urban Land Institute Advisory Service Panel to assess the potential effect of a more strategic and sophisticated program of real estate acquisition, development, and use. This eventually led to the establishment of the UVA Foundation in 1989. Thirty years later, the Foundation owns and manages nearly 5,200 acres of land including 70+ properties, and 1.85M Square feet of improved real estate – on behalf of the University of Virginia.   
The panel was conducted in conjunction with the 10-Minute Walk Campaign, a national movement striving to ensure that residents of urban neighborhoods throughout America have access to a high-quality park within a ten-minute walk from their homes. The 10-Minute Walk Campaign, which has been endorsed by over 230 mayors, involves a partnership between the Urban Land Institute, The Trust for Public Land, and the National Recreation and Park Association….
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