Development Along Rail Corridors

Developing land in close proximity to railway operations has caused some challenges for local governments, developers and railways. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and the Railway Association of Canada (RAC) have developed guidelines that can help your community.

At the 2018 UBCM Convention, UBCM members endorsed Resolution B101- Rail Proximity Issues. This resolution asked UBCM to urge all local governments to adopt the FCM-RAC Guidelines for New Development in Proximity to Railway Operations.

The guidelines are designed to assist local governments and rail companies in reviewing and determining general planning policies when developing on lands in proximity to railway facilities. The guidelines also establish a process for making site-specific recommendations and decisions to reduce land-use incompatibilities for developments in proximity to railway operations. A key component is a model review process for new residential development, infill, and conversions in proximity to railways.

More information on the FCM – RAC Proximity Initiative is available on the website.

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