As a panelist, Ladd provides dual insight into municipal planning and resilience issues. As a panel Chair, his ability to facilitate the panel process, particularly with complex land use challenges, is a strength noted and appreciated by his fellow panelists. Ladd brings out the best in panelists and encourages each to provide their unique insight throughout the panel process. He continually keeps the broader goals of the panel in mind and is a calming presence even when long days during the panel week can ruffle any seasoned professional.
The ULI Advisory Services Rising Star Award was created in 2015 as a tribute to newer volunteers who have provided extraordinary service on panels and demonstrated incredible enthusiasm for and commitment to the Advisory Services Panel Program.
I chaired a week-long Urban Land Institute (ULI) Advisory Service Panel, June 2 – 7, 2019, on increasing the resilience of Miami’s downtown and urban waterfronts to sea level rise, urban flooding, and extreme heat. The panel was sponsored by the City of Miami and the Miami Downtown Development Authority, with the goal of developing meaningful recommendations for the protection and enhancement of Miami’s economic, natural, and human resources in the urban waterfront area. ULI assembled an amazing team of experts from across the country and it was a pleasure working with and learning from them.
Our panel met with the sponsors and was briefed on the urban waterfront background, toured the site to experience it ourselves, interviewed 80 local stakeholders representing various government agencies, the real estate sector, environmental experts, and community organizations. The interdisciplinary panel then deliberated on the greatest challenges and opportunities and practical recommendations.
We presented our findings to a packed room at the city council chambers on Friday, June 7, 2019. Our key recommendations to the City of Miami and Miami DDA included:
Embrace the legacy of the waterfront through design to protect from water, live with water, and create value from water.
Return to Miami’s history and embrace sensitive transit-oriented development (TOD) on the ridge for future growth.
Bring existing plans and visions together, act on strategies, and evaluate outcomes.
Pursue a portfolio of financial strategies to become the world leader in resilient finance, investment, and construction.
Reduce uncertainty for the community and private market through predictability, transparency, and accountability.
Incremental actions can lead to transformational changes.