VANCOUVER, May 31, 2013 /CNW/ - FCM Annual Conference and Trade Show - The Railway Association of Canada (RAC) and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) today unveiled brand new land use guidelines and a website
intended to promote best practices and awareness about the issues
associated with developments near railway operations.
The document, Guidelines for New Development in Proximity to Railway Operations, was launched as part of the FCM Annual Conference (booth #503) and builds on guidelines first launched in 2004. Using
input from various stakeholders, the updated guidelines address issues
concerning noise, vibration and safety and focus on the increasing
challenges associated with new residential development.
"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 FCM/RAC
Proximity Initiative Co-chair and Southwest Middlesex, ON Mayor Doug
Demand for new forms of infill developments across Canadian cities is
growing, including on sites in proximity to railway corridors. As older
20th century commercial and industrial properties are increasingly being
converted to residential uses, proximity issues are top of mind. The
new report outlines common issues that can arise when communities and
railways are in close proximity. It also indicates mitigation
guidelines and implementation mechanisms for new developments.
"The new guidelines represent an important step in ensuring that
proximity issues are addressed and there is greater awareness around
the issues," said Sean Finn, FCM-RAC Proximity Co-Chair and Executive
Vice-President of Corporate Services and Chief Legal Officer at CN.
"The railway industry aims to be a good neighbour and, as residential
development continues to grow around rail operations, it is essential
that municipalities across the country are aware of best practices
pertaining to the intersection of property development and rail
Another key component to the revamped initiative is an updated Proximity Issues website. The site uses a fresh colour scheme and user-friendly layout
which have increased functionality. Included are updated issues lists
and definitions and a complete reference section.
The guidelines and best practices were developed by the FCM/RAC
Proximity Initiative with the help and participation of stakeholders
from all levels of government, railway operators, municipal urban
planners, the FCM and the RAC.
About the Railway Association of Canada
The Railway Association of Canada represents some 50 goods, tourist,
commuter and intercity Rail businesses in Canada, their more than
32,000 employees and over 50 associate member suppliers. RAC acts to
inform officials, develop programs, policies and resources and
respectfully communicate with the public and media to strengthen the
role and capacity of Rail to deliver leading services that are
economically viable, socially cohesive, future focused and
About the Federation of Canadian Municipalities
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has been recognized
since 1901 as the national voice of municipal governments. It
represents the interests of all municipalities on policy and program
matters within federal jurisdiction. Members include Canada's largest
cities, small urban and rural communities and 21 provincial and
territorial municipal associations. Municipal leaders from all parts of
Canada assemble annually to establish FCM policy on key issues. FCM's
Board of Directors meets quarterly to review policy and program
SOURCE: RAILWAY ASSOCIATION OF CANADA
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Note to editors: Representatives of the FCM/RAC Proximity Initiative will be onsite to answer questions about the guidelines and showcase features of the new website.
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