UrbanPlan’s mission is to create a sophisticated level of discourse among local stakeholders involved in land use decisions through the education of tomorrow’s voters, neighbors, community leaders, public officials, and land use professionals so—together—we can create better communities.
What Is UrbanPlan?
UrbanPlan is a realistic, engaging exercise in which participants—high school students, university students, or public officials—learn about the fundamental forces that affect real estate development in our communities. Participants experience the challenging issues, private and public sector roles, complex trade-offs, and fundamental economics in play when proposing realistic land use solutions to vexing growth challenges.
ULI offers UrbanPlan in three formats for three unique audiences:
|Create engaged citizens.||Develop professional skills.||Leverage public/private partnerships.|
UrbanPlan By The Numbers
UrbanPlan has reached over 52,000 high school and university students in the United States & Canada since 2003:
- 21 ULI District Councils and 2 satellites ran UrbanPlan programs this 2017-18 academic year.
- UrbanPlan reached over 3,900 students in 165 classrooms at 67 high schools in the 2017-18 academic year.
- 15 universities ran UrbanPlan in graduate MBA, Real Estate, City & Regional Planning, and Architecture programs in the 2017-18 academic year
- More members (2,500+ per year)–including trustees, governors, and product council members–participated in UrbanPlan; more than in any other national or local ULI program.
- Now in its third year, 107 ULI members engaged 320 public sector decision makers representing 85 jurisdictions through UrbanPlan.
- 808 volunteers donated over 3,865 hours to the program in the 2017-18 academic year.
- In the 2017-18 academic year, secondary schools and several universities will run UrbanPlan in the UK, Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, and Poland.
- UrbanPlan United Kingdom will reach 850 students in 25 schools from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, Chester, Birmingham, Sheffield, and London.
- ULI piloted UrbanPlan in Ireland last year and will bring the program to 10 schools and 300 students in Dublin, Galway, and Limerick.
- By the end of 2017, UrbanPlan Germany will have reached 300 students, supported by 25 volunteers from the land use industry.
- Learn more about ULI Europe’s adaptation of UrbanPlan here>>
What ULI Members Say About UrbanPlan
“Our goal is to create a more sophisticated level of discourse among local stakeholders involved in land use decisions. The education of tomorrow’s voters, neighbors, community leaders, public officials, and land use professionals is mission critical for ULI.”
“UrbanPlan volunteer training goes deeper than any traditional real estate development class. The takeaway value transcends effective volunteering. The intellectual discipline and Socratic method of questioning are assets in my work life.”
“Like Advisory Services panels, UrbanPlan does what ULI does best: help external audiences understand how market and nonmarket forces in their community affect what can be approved, financed, built, and sustainably tenanted. That’s essential for any meaningful discussion about land use.”