Land Agents

In addition to its agricultural, environmental and forestry expertise, UDA can provide “land agent” services. These agents act as company or organization representatives with landowners where projects are undertaken (pipelines, windmills, roads, etc.). They benefit from the assistance and expertise of other UDA specialists.

Services

  • Relations with landowners;
  • Preparation and update of landowner lists;
  • Signature of option and right-of-way agreements;
  • Agriculture and forest damage assessment;
  • Compensation calculation;
  • Management of collected data (data base);
  • Integration of data to a geographic information system (GIS);
  • Preparation of project location general layout;
  • Preparation of parcel plans (individual plans);
  • Follow up with landowners during and after construction.

Typical projects : Land Agents

Project 

TransCanada Energy Ltd. (Wind Farm Projects)

In response to Hydro-Quebec Distribution call for tenders for electrical production from wind energy, TransCanada Energy Ltd (TCE) submitted proposals for 8 projects located in various regions of Quebec. For these projects, UDA was responsible for obtaining the option agreements with landowners (more than 500) for the implementation of windmill parks. Team UDA, comprised of more than 15 agents, was also mandated to prepare and update landowner lists, manage payments to landowners, and ensure cartographic follow up (GIS data integration) of collected signatures.

Trans Quebec & Maritimes Pipeline (EasternAccess Project)

As part of the Trans Quebec & Maritimes Pipeline (TQM Pipeline) project aiming at carrying the natural gas from the forecasted Cacouna methane port to the existing network in the Quebec region (some 235 km), UDA was responsible for obtaining the required authorizations from landowners (more than 1,000) to carry out inventories and geotechnical studies associated with the project. The UDA team (8 agents) was also mandated to prepare a database of landowners, issue payments to landowners and ensure mapping (integrating of data to a geographic information system (GIS)) follow-up of obtained authorizations.

Kruger Energy Monteregie (Monteregie Wind Farm Project)

As part of Kruger Energy Monteregie wind farm project (“KEMONT” Monteregie Wind Farm Project), UDA ensured communications with the landowners included in the windmill project (44 wind turbines; ≈100 landowners in the windmill farm). Activities carried out as part of the mandate consisted in the following:

  • Preparation and update of landowners listing;
  • Signature of option and right-of-way agreements;
  • Evaluation of agriculture and forest damages;
  • Calculations and compensations;
  • Management of collected data (database);
  • Integration of data to a geographic information system (GIS);
  • Preparation of project general location layout;
  • Preparation of individual plans (parcel plans).

Gaz Metro Limited Partnership (Leclercville Project)

For its project aiming at connecting Talisman Energy natural gas wells in Leclercville and St. Edouard-de-Lotbiniere to its natural gas distribution  system, Gaz Metro called upon UDA services to liaise with landowners. Therefore, as part of this 28 km project (28 landowners), UDA prepared a list of concerned landowners, obtained an agreement to carry out inventories and technical studies associated with the project, and signed option agreements with landowners.