Developer as Planner, Planner as Developer

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
CM | 1.25
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You'll learn about: 

  • How market analysis, uncovering authentic local drivers, and crowd sourcing set the stage for stretching conventional markets into regional destinations
  • How local, state, and national funding sources can be attracted through the neighborhood design and entitlement process for street and watershed infrastructure so that development can be sustained from generation to generation, rather than just piecemeal through incremental pods development
  • Managing the engineering process so that it responds to the neighborhood master plan rather than driving isolated infrastructure elements, creating the ability to secure a more robust mix of uses and housing types

The ULI Community Builders Handbook published in 1948 by JC Nichols laid out best practices in which planning and development are inseparable. Learn from a planner using development and a developer using planning how to advance that enduring philosophy . 

All too often, urban plans and community visions remain on a shelf without proper implementation. One of the primary factors that contributes to this lack of implementation is the disconnect between the urban planning and real estate development processes. This segregated approach to planning and development results in the former remaining an academic exercise without real world results, while the latter becomes focused on financial needs rather than the placemaking and maximizing the overall value of place.

Learn from an urban planner and real estate developer how each uses the other's practice disciplines to implement neighborhoods with Tripple Bottom line outcomes. Learn how to integrate the 15+ disciplines that must be coordinated and managed to create transformative mixed-use development.  Speakers will share their lessons learned in new Transit-Oriented development, historic downtowns suburban retrofits. 

This urban planner (who think like a developer)  and the developer (who thinks like the urban planner) will discuss how a comprehensive approach--whereby each discipline is considered within the context of the others--leads to market readiness, community buy-in and, not to be forgotten, financeable projects that achieve profitability, social equity and neighborhood cohesion. 


Brandon Palanker , 3BL Strategies , Glen cove , NY
Scott Polikov , FAICP , Gateway Planning , Dallas , TX (see bio)