The Railway Association of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities have unveiled land use guidelines and a website intended to promote best practices and awareness about the issues associated with developments near railway operations.
The document, called Guidelines for New Development in Proximity to Railway Operations, was launched as part of the FCM Annual Conference and builds on guidelines first launched in 2004. It addresses issues concerning noise, vibration and safety, and focuses on the challenges associated with new residential development. The Proximity Issues website includes updated issues lists and definitions, as well as a reference section.
"We hope the new guidelines will help governments to create or update their policies, regulations and standards for new residential development in proximity to rail operations in order to apply best practices and create consistency across the country,” said Doug Reycraft, FCM and RAC Proximity Initiative co-chair and mayor of Southwest Middlesex, Ontario, in a written statement.