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Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Studies

Significant commercial, retail, hospitality and entertainment development opportunities often exist around transit or transportation hubs catering both to local and regional residents as well as often different types of tourists. TREC utilizes various strategic planning tools to maximize these as well as recommends key success principles to create vibrant people settings with commensurate economic, social, and environmental benefits to its stakeholders.

Benchmarking for pedestrian Mixed use Developments (MXD) & Transit Oriented Developments (TOD) in Town Centre and Downtown settings. Analogue of success criteria, land uses, assessment of Cultural, Arts, Retail, & Entertainment (CARE) facilities, and marketing and development history associated with Town Centre developments in Vancouver, Toronto, Washington DC, Los Angeles, and Miami/Boca Raton.

TOD Studies in BC

City of Kelowna/Rutland Business Association, Kelowna, BC

Market assessment for a commercial district including potential mixed use development as well as a retail merchandising strategy. Recommendations for land use and changes to street network in order to maximize Town Centre retail potential and ensure a high-quality public realm. Assessed implications of key municipal initiatives and provided action plan to guide future urban planning and business development initiatives.

Portside Mixed Use Waterfront Development & Convention Centre, Vancouver, BC

Examined the retail potential and merchandising strategy, including interest from retail and entertainment operators, for this extensive planned redevelopment of downtown Vancouver's waterfront train/sea bus station and adjacent land/water parcels. Situated next to Gastown & the downtown core, the planned uses were an extension to the trade & convention centre, cruise terminal, seabus/skytrain station, and 1000-room Marriott hotel.

Vancouver International Airport, Richmond, BC

Market study and merchandising strategy for the domestic terminal. Introduced ‘street pricing’ into the overall airport’s retail shops. Development strategy for land adjacent to the airport: uses included hotel, office/business park, and retail/other commercial development.

International TOD Studies

Robina Town Centre (RTC), Gold Coast region, Queensland, Australia

Highest & best use development strategy for a large new multi-faceted town center development serving the entire region and several million visitors. Land uses examined included various types of retail and commercial uses, high technology/office/business park, hotel, arts & cultural facilities, residential, and open space/recreational uses. Investigated the best location and economic potential for the rail terminus of the Gold Coast '96 Brisbane train connection at the RTC to maximize both commercial and mix use development potential.

Highest and best use development strategy for Robina Town Centre Queensland, Australia

Shops at Broadbeach, Gold Coast, Australia

Examined commercial merchandising solutions to capture transit/monorail users that linked this shopping area with the region’s only casino/hotel attraction.

Studio City, Sydney, Australia

Assessment of the opportunity and most appropriate types of additional retail and entertainment components for commercial development, including a major office tower and Paddy’s Market '96 an existing retail, arts & crafts centre that was revitalized to capture more transit riders and city workers.


The Rocks, Sydney, Australia

Concept plan, retail and commercial redevelopment and merchandising strategy for the one of the oldest and renowned historic areas of Sydney. An integral part of this work was examining the commercial opportunities and associated retail/commercial mix for the sea bus/train station located at the edge of this historic precinct. Review of marketing plan to reposition this cultural district as a significant tourist and regional resident attraction.

Newcastle Waterfront & Cultural District Revitalization Newcastle, NSW, Australia

Situated at the gateway of the Hunter Valley, one of Australia's premiere wine regions, development and marketing strategies, including both retail and marine uses, were identified to revitalize both the waterfront and adjacent cultural district as part of this train station precinct connecting to both Sydney and other NSW cities.

Shute Harbour Resort, Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia

Mixed use development strategy for the main embarkation/departure point for the Whitsunday Islands '96 Australia’s premiere boating & marine tourism destination.

Handicraft Centre, Grenada, Caribbean

Feasibility assessment of an arts and crafts centre to develop local artisan skills and employment, as well as fill product niches serving cruise ship and marine destination tourists.

Transit Oriented Development & New Town Centers, Santiago, Chile

Mixed Use Development Opportunity Analysis and Marketing Guidelines for repositioning two regional shopping centers into major town centres and tourism attractions. One of these is situated next to a subway/train station linking it to the downtown core of Santiago. Examined the commercial opportunities associated with the train station and how best to link it to the adjacent shopping district.

Auckland, New Zealand

Development planning and market opportunity analysis for the redevelopment of underutilized railway yards to a retail, residential and office complex.

Tokyo, Japan

Mixed Use Development Assessment & Tourism Packaging Tokyo, Japan for Urban & Waterfront Development and Attractions in various Japanese Communities.