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Jay Mittal

Jay Mittal

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Jay Mittal

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2011, PhD in Regional Development Planning, University of Cincinnati, OH

2011, Master of Business Administration, University of Cincinnati, OH

1997, Master of City Planning, CEPT University, India

1995, Bachelor of Architecture, Lucknow University, India

About Me

Jay Mittal is an associate professor in the Master of Community Planning Program (MCP) and a core faculty at the executive Master of Real Estate Development (MRED) program at Auburn University. He served as the Director of the graduate planning program from Fall 2017 to 2020 and led the national accreditation for the program with the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB). During his leadership, the program received accreditation for 7-year term (until December 2027). The American Planning Association (Alabama Chapter) awarded Dr. Mittal with the 2020 Kenneth J. Groves Jr. Distinguished Leadership Award, for his significant/sustained contributions to the planning profession. Additionally, he received the Netherlands Fellowship (2019), by the Ministry of Education, Culture & Science & Foreign Affairs, NL, Community & Civic Engagement Grant Award from the College of Liberal Arts in 2020, 2018, and 2017, and Community & Civic Engagement Teaching award in 2017.

Dr. Mittal brings over 25 years of professional experience in private consulting, research, and academic settings. Prior to joining Auburn, he taught at the University of Cincinnati in the School of Planning, and in the real estate development program at the College of Business. He uses theories, conceptual models, and methods from the three related disciplinary areas of urban planning, real estate development, and GIS with emphasis on planning issues in India and the United States. More specifically, his research topics relate to urban planning and plan-making by leveraging land, land value capture via land readjustments, land-based financing, local economic development, land value capture of environmental land uses (amenities) on abutting properties, and university-community partnerships in planning via outreach. Dr. Mittal received a prestigious fellowship Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Cambridge, MA, for his doctoral research, and has published over 20 journal articles or book chapters in notable planning and real estate journals, including Environment & Planning, Habitat International, Journal of Sustainable Real Estate, Real Estate Finance, and Journal of Urban Planning & Development. In addition, he has recently co-edited a book, The Routledge Handbook of University-Community Partnerships in Planning Education published by Routledge. He is frequently invited to speak at major academic and professional meetings and peer institutions in the North and South America, India, China, and Europe and has presented his research at over 40 national and international conferences.

Dr. Mittal extends his classroom teaching to serve the needs of underserved local communities in Alabama and the Southeast region, and has collaborated closely on local and regional redevelopment plans with the Lake Martin Economic Development Alliance, affordable housing redevelopment planning with the Montgomery Housing Authority, brownfields redevelopment planning with the City of Pell City, AL, urban economic analysis for the City of Dothan, AL, Community and Regional Asset Mapping for the City of LaGrange and Troupe County, GA, and several other projects with The Peninsula, City of Mobile, AL, City of Montgomery, AL and the City of Birmingham, AL. He has also taught an executive course on Instruments of land-based financing, mixed use/infill redevelopment and affordable housing at the Institute of Housing Studies (IHS), Erasmus University in The Netherlands and at The RICS School of Built Environment, Amity University in India.

Recently Dr. Mittal assisted The Port Authority of Cincinnati, a quasi-government agency, advising them on local economic development initiatives in innovation districts and repurposing underperforming real estate for productive redevelopment. While pursuing doctoral studies, he was professionally engaged with Colliers International, a commercial real estate firm in Cincinnati; with the Hamilton County’s Cincinnati Area GIS department (CAGIS); and with Manley Burke LLP, a law firm. His earlier professional works include inner-city revitalization plans for two Indian cities, a statutory development plan for Ahmedabad, and feasibility studies for two hotel properties including a major site selection and land transaction for a 350-room hotel property in India. He also conceptualized a private real estate academy (RESMA) and had a significant role in the road network planning for the city of Ahmedabad, strategizing a phasing plan for new developments, and the alignment planning of a 47-mile S.P. Ring Road. He holds membership in American Planning Association (APA), American Real Estate Society (ARES), European Real Estate Society (ERES) and Institute of Town Planners, India (ITPI).

Research Interests

local economic development, land value capture, land markets, real estate valuation, market analysis




Peer Reviewed Book Chapters

  • Mittal, Jay. 2024. “Learnings from 10 Years of Engagement with Communities in Southeastern US,” Chapter 10 in Routledge Handbook of University-Community Partnerships in Planning Education. Edited by LaFrombois and Mittal, New York: Routledge.
  • LaFrombois, M., and J Mittal. 2024. “Introduction,” in Routledge Handbook of University-Community Partnerships in Planning Education. Edited by LaFrombois and Mittal, New York: Routledge.
  • Mahato, B, S. Byahut, and J Mittal. 2023. “Alabama City Year Program: A Two-way Tool for Planning Awareness and Recruitment.” Ch 23 in Hollstein, L. et al. (Eds.), Professional Awareness and Diversity Challenges in Urban Planning Education. New York: Routledge. (257-271). DOI:
  • Mittal, J., Byahut, S., Agarwal, S. 2022. “Transit, Incentive Zoning, and Affordable Housing—A Proposal for Land-Based Financing Using Smart ICT Systems.” Ch 16 in Patnaik, S., Sen, S., Ghosh, S. (eds) Smart Cities, and Smart Communities. Smart Innovation, Systems, and Technologies, vol 294, Springer, Singapore.
  • Mittal, Jay, and D. Harode. 2022. “Two Scales of Planned Interventions in Smart Cities –ABD and PCS cases from Bhopal, Indore, and Satna, India.” Ch 14 in Patnaik, S., Sen, S., Ghosh, S. (eds), Smart Cities and Smart Communities. Empowering Citizens through Intelligent Technologies, vol 294, Springer, Singapore (pp 275–308). DOI:
  • Mittal, Jay, and S. Berson. 2022. “Self-Financing Urbanism in Developing Countries: A Ready Reckoner for Land Value Capture (LVC) Instruments.” Ch 9 in Chatterjee et al. (Eds.), Sustainable Urbanism in Developing Countries, CRC Press. DOI:
  • Mittal, Jay, and S. Byahut. 2020. “Planning initiatives and best practices in Ahmedabad.” Ch. 26 in Rukmana, D. ed., The Routledge Handbook of Planning Megacities in the Global South, Routledge. DOI:
  • Byahut S., J. Mittal. 2020. “Can haphazard growth in urban villages be prevented? Experience from the Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar region.” Ch. 7 in Patnaik S., Sen S., Mahmoud M. (eds.) Smart Village Technology. Modeling and Optimization in Science and Technologies, vol. 17, 135-156. Springer.  DOI:
  • Mittal, Jay, L. Forson, and S. Byahut, 2019. “Creating higher density property development opportunities in fringe areas of Surat – A case of Surat Outer ring-road using land readjustment and density bonuses.” Ch 11 in Das, P. et al. ed. Real Estate in South Asia, Routledge, UK. DOI:


Journal Articles

  • Mittal, Jay, and S. Byahut. 2020. “Value capitalization effects of golf courses, waterfronts, parks, open spaces, and green landscapes: a cross-disciplinary review.” Journal of Sustainable Real Estate, Vol. 8, No. 1, 62-94. T&F. DOI:
  • Mittal, Jay, and S. Byahut. 2019. “Scenic landscapes, visual accessibility, and premium values in a single-family housing market: a spatial hedonic approach.” Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science, Vol. 46, No. 1: 66–83. Sage. DOI:
  • Byahut, S., and J. Mittal. 2017. “Using land readjustment in rebuilding the earthquake-damaged city of Bhuj, India.” Journal of Urban Planning and Development, Vol. 143, No.1, ASCE Journal: DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)UP.1943-5444.0000354, 05016012
  • Pradhan, R. M. Arvin, M. Nair, J. Mittal, and N. Norman. 2017. “Telecommunications infrastructure and usage and the FDI-growth nexus: evidence from Asian-21 Countries.” Information Tech for Development, Vol. 23, No. 2: 235-260. T&F. DOI:
  • Pradhan, R. M. Arvin, J. Mittal, and S. Bahmani. 2016. “Relationships between telecommunications infrastructure, capital formation, and economic growth.” International Journal of Technology Management, Vol. 70, Nos. 2/3: 157- 176. DOI:
  • Mittal, Jay, and A. Kashyap. 2015. “Real estate market-led land management strategies for regional economic corridors – a tale of two megaprojects.” Habitat International, Vol. 47: 205-217. Elsevier. DOI:
  • Mittal, Jay. 2014. “Value capitalization effect of protected properties – a comparison of a conservation easement with mixed-bag open spaces.” Journal of Sustainable Real Estate, Vol. 6, No. 1: 23-46. T&F. DOI:
  • Mittal, Jay. 2014. “Self-financing land and urban development via land readjustment and value capture.” Habitat International, Vol. 44: 314-323. Elsevier. DOI:
  • Mittal, Jay, and S. Byahut. 2014. “Regional development dichotomy – a strategic plan for a balanced development for Vagra-Dahej sub-region, Bharuch, India.” International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, Vol. 4, No. 7: 118-136.
  • Mittal, Jay. 2013. “Extending land readjustment schemes to regional scale: a case of regional ring road via mosaicking neighborhood-level plans.” Real Estate Finance, Vol. 30, No. 2: 62-73. Link:
  • Varady, David; X. Wang and J Mittal. 2007. “Developing more accurate reasonable rent estimates in the U.S. housing choice voucher program.” Geography Research Forum, Vol. 27: 52-69. Link:


Book Reviews


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Professional planning reports and chapter contributions

  • Mittal, Jay. 2006. “Real estate development, housing and business markets in Uptown Cincinnati.” Chapter 3 in M. Romanos et al., Community Interactions and Collaborations Peer Institutional Study (Cincinnati: University of Cincinnati, 38-78) available from
  • Mittal, Jay. 2006. “Economic development and the impacts of interventions on the broader urban systems.” Chapter 4 in M. Romanos et al., Community Interactions and Collaborations Peer Institutional Study (Cincinnati: University of Cincinnati, 79-92) available from
  • Mittal, Jay, and A. Katuri. 2005. “Bhavnagar Vision 2020 Plan – A Gateway to Saurashtra.” (Bhavnagar: BMC-BADA).
  • Swamy, HMS., and Jay Mittal. 2003. “Tenth five-year plan on urban development & housing– Strategies and programs for urban areas of Gujarat State.” Government of Gujarat.
  • Swamy, HMS., and Jay Mittal. 2002. “Financing urban roads.” for Indian Council of social science research (ICSSR), New Delhi.
  • Swamy, HMS., and Jay Mittal. 2002. “Land disposition strategy for public housing agency using development through public-private-partnerships.” for Gujarat Housing Board, Government of Gujarat.
  • Swamy, HMS., Jay Mittal, and S Byahut. 2002. “Sub-regional development plan for Vagra-Dahej, Gujarat – A comprehensive regional development strategies and plan for a coastal region.” Town Planning and Valuation Department, Government of Gujarat.
  • Patel, B.; B.R. Balachandran; Jay Mittal and S. Byahut. 2000. “Reformulation of the development plan for fringe area of Ahmedabad for 2011.” for Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority.
  • Patel, B.; B.R. Balachandran; Jay Mittal and S. Byahut. 1998. “Surat old city revitalization plan.” a USAID funded & UNCHS Award Winner project for Surat Municipal Corporation.
  • Patel, B.; B.R. Balachandran; Jay Mittal and S. Byahut. 1997. “Ahmedabad walled city revitalization plan.” a USAID-funded & UNCHS Award winner project for Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation.

Courses Taught

  • CPLN 5050/6050 Land and Urban Economics
  • CPLN 6460 GIS for Planning and Policy
  • CPLN 6970/6090 Real Estate Principles
  • CPLN 6970 Real Estate Market Analysis
  • CPLN 7600/7610 Planning Synthesis Studios I/II
  • RDEV 7126 ULI Field Trip (Executive MRED program)
  • RDEV 7236/7230 Real Estate Market Analysis (Executive MRED program)
  • RDEV 7630 RE Capstone Project (team-teaching in the Executive MRED program)