Land Use Issues: Leads, Tips & Ideas

For your benefit, we offer the following leads, tips, and ideas related to land use issues. If you are interested in pursuing any of these, contact:

WASHINGTON) January 28, 2014 — The Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) communications department is ready to assist you with interview and research requests. For your benefit, we offer these leads, tips and ideas related to land-use issues.

Secondary Markets Become Hot Spots for Global Property Investors … The 2014 releases of the Emerging Trends in Real Estate® publications – with separate editions for the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe – all reveal one developing trend in global commercial real estate markets: the growing investor interest in secondary markets. Global mega-cities such as New York, Shanghai, and London remain the major “go-to” markets for international investment, according to the jointly-published reports from ULI and PwC. However, the reports’ survey of over 900 experts show either a strong or much improved outlook for several relatively smaller markets, such as Houston, Dallas, Denver and Nashville in the U.S.; Jakarta, Guangzhou and Osaka in Asia; and Dublin and Hamburg in Europe.  The shift to these markets can most easily be attributed to high prices and stiff competition for prime assets in the core markets. But in some cases, the fact that secondary markets are positioning themselves as vibrant, energetic places with good job prospects bodes well, in terms of attracting young workers who are just now entering the job and housing market. Contact us for a more in-depth analysis or to speak with an ULI expert.

Health-Conscious Development and the Return on Investment … How can healthy building be an economic driver for developers and cities? As people become more aware of how their lifestyle choices affect their health, real estate development will have to evolve in order to keep up with demand. To further examine this issue, ULI recently embarked on an initiative to show the connection between healthy communities and economic prosperity.  According to the chair of Environmental Health at UCLA’s School of Public Health, Dr. Richard J. Jackson, land “developers can be more effective in achieving public health than the doctors in white coats.” Join ULI for its first ever Building Healthy Places conference in Los Angeles, Calif. on February 20-21, 2014. See how developers, government agencies, and health care deliverers are partnering to help address the health epidemic.  Hear first-hand the real-world examples of what communities are doing to encourage healthy building and how it is paying off for developers.  Find out more or contact us for a complimentary conference press pass.

Solutions to the Rental Housing Shortage … Nationally, there were only 6.9 million rentals affordable to 11.8 million extremely low-income renters in 2011, a supply gap that grew by three million renters between 2001 and 2011—and continues to grow. A new report from the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing and Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. (Enterprise) examines the solutions to increasing the supply of affordable rental housing.  The conclusions drawn from Bending the Cost Curve: Solutions to Expand the Supply of Affordable Rentals outlines the factors causing the supply in many markets to fall far short of the demand, and offers specific, actionable solutions to overcome the barriers. The report’s conclusions are intended to help fill the void of material examining how to overcome regulatory barriers to affordable rental development, such as land use, zoning and building code restrictions, processing delays, and financing obstacles. Read more about the report and contact us to speak with an ULI expert.

Student Teams Challenged to Demonstrate Building for Health, Flood Resiliency in National Design Competition … Nashville’s historic Sulphur Dell neighborhood has been chosen as the site for the twelfth annual ULI Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition. Currently underway, the 2014 competition is designed to simulate an actual urban planning and development scenario, with certain details changed for the purposes of the competition.  The competition’s briefing book states that the hypothetical site owner’s request is made with an understanding of the market and nonmarket factors at play in building healthy places and of the value proposition of building and operating in ways that promote health.  Student teams are tasked with creating a development program that supports healthy choices by its residents and users, which can include physical activity, access to healthy food, and social interaction. According to the fictional scenario, the owner also requires that the proposal address how to build a neighborhood that is resilient to future floods – an area notorious for recurrent flooding. Read more about the competition and contact us for detail on this year’s contest.

Save-the-Date: New ULI/EY Semi-Annual Industry Forecast … Mark your calendars now for the media-only webinar release of the next ULI/EY industry forecast on April 1, 2014. This semi-annual forecast — based on the three-year projections from a survey of 38 economists and analysts – gauges the sentiment for real estate capital markets and commercial real estate fundamentals. The report’s forecast includes predictions for broad economic indicators, real estate capital markets, property investment returns for four property types, vacancy rates and rents for five property types, as well as housing starts and prices. Contact us for more information on the upcoming webinar.


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The Urban Land Institute ( is a global nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the Institute has over 30,000 members representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines.

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