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Regional Opportunity Studies


The regional opportunity studies are typically desired by large developers to identify regions, municipalities and geographical markets as well as specific locations for investment and development purposes. These studies involve macro-economic studies as well as site specific market and financial studies. Studies of this nature typically include:


  • Economic base analyses for regions and municipalities

  • Demographic and socio-economic analyses

  • Population and employment projections

  • Land use needs and demand projections 

  • Proposed future supply of land uses

  • Current inventory of land uses at a regional, municipal and district level

  • Market analysis and financial analysis

  • Collaborating with brokerage firms​

  • Identifying potential development/ investment options


Some of our recent studies include:

Regional District and Urban Centre Level Market Opportunity Studies

British Columbia (2012)

Urbanics conducted two large scale investment opportunity studies for the Century Group. The studies were:

  • Regional District Level Market Study (Level 1) 

    • Examined the gap in supply and demand of land uses (retail, residential and office) at a regional district level in the Province of BC

  • Urban Centre Level Market Study (Level 2) 

    • Identified potential geographic markets in the selected 25 urban centres for development and investment purposes

    • Identified some of the potential development/ investment locations and real estate listings in the selected geographical markets

Big Lake Neighbourhood and Regional Retail Market Study

Edmonton, AB (2012)

Urbanics was retained to undertake a retail market study for a developing neighbourhood in the northwest quadrant of the City of Edmonton. The Big Lake ASP included a 10 acre site designated for neighbourhood shopping facilities, servicing the nearby residents. In addition the developer wanted investigate the possibility of larger, regionally-oriented retail facilities which would leverage the sites location at the intersection of Hwy 1 and the Anthony Henday Drive.  The land area considered would allow for as much as 550,000 sq. ft of retail space. 

Real Estate Investment Strategies and Opportunities

Metro Vancouver, BC (2007)

  • Examined real estate market trends as well as specific strengths, weaknesses, and opportunites for a variety of neighbourhoods and transit station impact areas throughout Metro Vancouver

  • Highlighted real estate costs, tax, density and funding incentives, and specific redevelopment initiatives


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