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    As Metro Vancouver’s transportation authority, TransLink holds land assets and rights throughout our region.

    TransLink’s Real Estate division is responsible for acquiring, managing, and disposing of the enterprise’s properties in a manner that optimizes revenue, reduces capital and operating costs, and furthers our long-term goals for transportation infrastructure, sustainability, and a healthy environment.

    The Real Estate division at TransLink oversees the following:

    • Land acquisition for transit infrastructure development including expropriations

    • Lease and tenant management

    • Property and asset management

    • Statutory Right of Way (SRW) management and enforcement

    • Disposal of surplus properties

    • Acquisition of strategic real estate assets

    • Integrated developments

    • Adjacent developments

    • Portfolio management and strategy

    • Station retail management

    • Park and Ride facilities management

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    Real Estate Development Program

    A train entering Main Street-Science World Station

    Transport 2050, the region’s new 30-year transportation strategy, will reshape how people move across Metro Vancouver, and create a more equitable and sustainable place to live.

    The plan requires historic investments in transit services to meet the needs of the region’s rapidly growing population and increasing demand for sustainable transportation. To address these challenges and ease the burden on taxpayers, TransLink’s real estate division is actively exploring diverse sources of new revenue through its portfolio of land assets.

    The development of TransLink-owned lands has been identified as a new source of non-fare and non-taxation revenue. Through the 2022 Investment Plan, TransLink’s Board of Directors and Mayors’ Council endorsed the pursuit of real estate development activities on these properties to:

    1. Generate new revenue to support transit investment;

    2. Enhance transit network connections and overall customer experience; and

    3. Support the Regional Growth Strategy, which may include rental and affordable housing supply near transit.

    Read the Real Estate Development Program booklet here

    Proposed West Broadway and Arbutus Development

    Digital rendering of West Broadway and Arbutus Development

    TransLink and PCI Developments (PCI) are partnering to build a mixed-use development near the future Arbutus SkyTrain Station, on West Broadway and Arbutus.

    This proposed development will be located next to the future terminus of the Broadway Subway, an incoming bus loop, and the Arbutus Greenway mixed-use walking and cycling path. It will improve people’s access to sustainable transportation options, generate new long-term funding for transit services, and provide much-needed housing options in the neighbourhood.

    The proposed development would include:

    • A 30-storey mixed-use rental residential and commercial development.

    • Street-level retail and over 200 residential rental units – 20 per cent of which will be rented below market and secured for moderate income households.

    • Community space that will serve as the future home of the Ohel Ya’akov Community Kollel, a Jewish cultural, education and neighbourhood centre.

    Building Complete Communities

    TransLink’s Real Estate Development Program will follow the principles of transit-oriented development (TOD) – which are places that are designed to promote walking, cycling, and transit use and reduce the dependency on driving. In practice, this means concentrating higher-density, mixed-use, human scale development around frequent transit stops and stations, in combination with mobility management measures and continued investment in transit service across the Metro Vancouver region.

    TransLink’s Transit-Oriented Communities Design Guidelines outline best practices and strategies for designing communities around frequent transit stops, stations, and exchanges that support walking, cycling, and transit. Learn more about transit-oriented communities here.

    Partnering for Success

    TransLink is pursuing partnerships with both the public and private sectors to deliver its real estate development projects, adopting flexible models to leverage the best development and financial expertise in the region. TransLink will also work with all levels of government and community groups on policies and initiatives to encourage transit-oriented development and the building density near transit.

    External Advisory Committee

    The TransLink External Real Estate Advisory Group has been formed to provide objective, professional advice, and expertise to TransLink regarding TransLink’s real estate development strategy and activities. The Committee members are:

    Anne McMullin
    President & CEO UDI

    Anne McMullin is currently the President & CEO of the Urban Development Institute (UDI). UDI is a non-profit and non‐partisan industry association of the residential, commercial and industrial builders, which supports more than 220,000 good‐paying, family‐supporting BC jobs through nearly $23 billion in annual economic activity. Through municipal fees and contributions, the industry builds homes, offices, daycares, social housing, parks, public art, museums, schools and community centers throughout BC.

    Anne studied political science at the University of British Columbia and journalism at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). In 2017, she received the BCIT Distinguished Alumni Award.

    Anne has held multiple leadership and communications roles, including President and General Manager of the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, Director of Communications at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, and a Lower Mainland journalist. In her spare time Anne volunteers with many charities and community organizations.

    Cathy Grant
    Senior Sales & Marketing Executive

    Cathy Grant is a Senior Sales and Marketing Executive responsible for delivering revenue and brand-value for a variety of well-respected real estate development companies.

    With over thirty years of experience in the real estate industry – in both single and multi‐family residential communities and encompassing pre‐sale, launch and tempo programs – Cathy has a deep understanding of both the agency and client side of the real estate sales and marketing world. She is a recognized as a resilient, high-energy, charismatic leader with strong acumen for sales and marketing leadership at the Executive level. Capable of transforming strategic plans into workable solutions and benchmarking performance against key operational targets and goals, she has also steered organizations through substantive change and challenging sales and marketing objectives.

    A true urbanite, Cathy “walks the talk”. She is grateful to live and work on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. She has lived and worked in Downtown Vancouver in a condominium for over twenty‐five years and is an active walker and user of public transit. Cathy is also deeply involved with and supportive of the local Vancouver arts community. She has been a Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Board Member for nine years and is currently both Co‐Chair of the Board and Chair of the Marketing Committee.

    Cathy holds a Commerce degree in Urban Land Economics from the University of British Columbia.

    Connie Fair
    Past-President & CEO Land Title & Survey Authority of BC

    Connie has spent most of her career in various aspects of the real estate sector including responsibility for professional real estate education while at the Real Estate Division of the Sauder School of Business, creation of professional courses in appraisal and assessment, many years in various roles at BC Assessment including 9 years as CEO and finally, 5 years as the CEO of the Land Title and Survey Authority. Throughout her career, Connie has promoted a customer focus, transparency, transformation of services using technology and an empowered work environment that supports professional development and promotion from within. She is an accomplished speaker and has represented BC and Canada in various countries around the world, sharing aspects of the real estate infrastructure in BC.

    Connie obtained her Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Business Administration from the University of British Columbia. A lifelong learner, she completed a Certificate of Strategic Leadership from UBC, a Certificate in Leadership from Queens University, the Directors Education Program from the University of Toronto and became a Chartered Professional Accountant, CMA.

    Connie has been recognized with many awards including Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada, YWCA Woman of Distinction in Business and the Professions, CEO Award in the Public Services category by Business in Vancouver and has been named a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants, CMA.

    In retirement, she currently volunteers her time as a member of the Alumni Board of UBC and enjoys yoga, hiking, skiing, kayaking and golf as well as spending time with her husband and their children and grandchildren.

    Diane Delves
    President & CEO, Quantum Properties

    Diane Delves has approximately 40 years of experience in the real estate industry as a developer, appraiser and realtor. She has successfully developed residential and commercial projects over the past 23 years in the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland areas of British Columbia and she has been the president of the Quantum Properties Group of Companies since its formation in 2000.

    Diane was the founder and president of a Fraser Valley based real estate appraisal practice which she operated for 11 years prior to its sale. She is a member of the Appraisal Institute of Canada, holding the Accredited Appraiser Canadian Institute, Professional Appraiser designations (AACI, P. App) and has devoted significant time as a volunteer within the organization.

    Diane has served on government boards and committees at the municipal, provincial and federal levels including: the Abbotsford Airport Authority; the B.C. Expropriation Compensation Board; Partnerships BC; and many others.

    Diane has been a director of the Urban Development Institute - Pacific Region since 2015, currently serving as a Vice Chair at Large.

    Michael Heeney
    Partner C + O Advisory Inc.

    A nationally and internationally recognized leader, city builder, architect, and urban strategist with over 35 years’ experience leading high-profile organizations and projects worldwide. Currently providing consulting services through C+O Advisory, Michael Heeney is the past President and CEO of the Surrey City Development Corporation (SCDC), an independently governed, for-profit real estate company owned by the City of Surrey. Prior to joining SCDC, Michael was the Managing Principal of Bing Thom Architects (BTA) for over twenty-eight years, where he oversaw the company’s growth into a leading international practice with offices in Vancouver, Washington DC and Hong Kong.

    Well known for his ability to create a compelling vision and effectively bring disparate groups together, Michael has successfully led substantial local and international projects, organizations, and initiatives, often ones without precedent and in highly complex situations and jurisdictions. Much of his career has been focused on the Surrey City Centre where he was responsible for the groundbreaking Central City project, Surrey City Centre Library, the recently completed SFU Engineering building, 3 Civic Plaza and the future Centre Block project.

    Michael was awarded designation of Fellow of the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada for excellence in contributions to architecture and community building in Canada.

    Sandra Cawley
    Principal, BCS Real Estate

    Sandra Cawley is an experienced real estate appraiser, having entered the industry in 1981 on graduation from the University of British Columbia. She became a principal in Burgess, Cawley, Sullivan and Associates (BCS) in 1988. Her specialties include commercial real estate valuation, market studies and development consultancy as well as working with both municipalities and developers in completing negotiations for rezoning. This consultancy includes residential, office, shopping centre, industrial park, land subdivision, unique properties and counsel for developers pursuing opportunities in apartment and condominium and/or mixed-use projects. Her expertise helps guide market participants to successful solutions.

    Ms. Cawley‘s clients include landowners, government, financial institutions and many of the largest companies in British Columbia and Canada. These projects include developments valued between $100 million and $1 billion.

    As she is considered one of the top professionals in her field, Ms. Cawley is recognised as an expert witness in the BC Supreme Court. In addition, she has acted as an instructor at both the University of British Columbia and at the Urban Development Institute. Ms. Cawley is on the Advisory Board of several companies and a past board member of a major global institution.

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    Adjacent and Integrated Developments

    In recent years, there has been an increase in high-density and mixed-use real estate developments near key transit stops and stations in Metro Vancouver.

    TransLink fully supports the development of transit-oriented communities, which encourage people to drive less and promote walking, cycling, and taking transit.

    Are you a developer planning a real estate project near a transit stop or station? Do you wish to integrate your development with TransLink's assets? Is your project adjacent to transit infrastructure? If so, please explore the sections below or email us today at

    Developers and project owners interested in building in proximity to transit infrastructure, or integrating into any transit assets, will require TransLink's acceptance.

    Our review and acceptance generally extend 10 metres or more from transit infrastructure. This applies to, but not limited to:

    • Any work that would impinge upon the transit statutory right of way and/or transit operations

    • Crane swings

    • Soil anchors and underpinning

    • Potential settlement from development and site preparations, such as preloading, dewatering and densification

    • Shoring

    • Structures with opening windows above and next to the guideway or station

    • Vibration from neighbouring development

    • Construction debris

    • Hazardous materials

    • Any form of physical connection to the transit infrastructure or relocation of transit infrastructure or connections

    Learn more about our SkyTrain Limits of Approach

    Developments and constructions near transit infrastructure are subject to our review and may require to go through the Adjacent and Integrated Developments (AID) Consent Process.

    Here’s what to expect from our process:

    1. The developer or project owner presents a project overview to TransLink

    2. TransLink issues and executes a Support Agreement

    3. Developer or project owner provides a letter of credit for TransLink costs

    4. TransLink conducts detailed project review

    5. TransLink and the developer or project owner agree to mitigation and/or monitoring plan

    6. Detailed AID agreement(s) is drafted and executed

    7. Ongoing project monitoring and due diligence until the project is complete

    As part of the project review and acceptance process, the developer or project owner and TransLink will enter into a support agreement, which outlines the terms and conditions through which TransLink would work with the developer or project owner to assess potential interfaces and impacts of the project to transit infrastructure. See our sample Support Agreement.

    The final agreements will be tailored to suit project-specific conditions and requirements. Projects requiring the use of crane equipment will need to enter into a Crane Overswing Agreement with TransLink if the crane swing passes over the air space of transit facilities, infrastructure, or operations. See our sample Crane Overswing Agreement.

    AID Request Form

    If your proposed project is in proximity to TransLink’s infrastructure or would integrate into any transit assets, please complete the AID Request Form.

    You can also learn more by reviewing our Guide for Project Owners.

    Working Near Trolley Overhead Lines

    We aim to ensure a safe, cost-effective, and reliable transit network. In recent years, we have seen an increase in development near trolley overhead (TOH) infrastructure. The TOH Adjacent Works Program responds to requests for building near TOH lines, using proven construction and management standards for third-party projects near TOH infrastructure.

    These standards ensure that all construction activity is safe for our customers, employees, and the transit system. It also ensures that any costs for repairs caused by damages due to unsafe construction practices are not passed on to TransLink and taxpayers.