Canadian Consulting Engineer

New guidelines for siting developments near railways developed

February 10, 2015

The City of Montreal has become the first major urban area in Canada to adopt the Guidelines for New Development in Proximity to Railway Operations into its long-term development plan.

The guidelines update and build upon similar provisions in 2006 and were developed by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and Railway Association of Canada (RAC) as part of their joint Proximity Initiative.

Consulting engineers DIALOG and J.E. Coulter Associates helped to prepare the new guidelines which update and build on previous guidelines and best practices dating from 2004. They identify requirements such as setback distances and vibration thresholds that must be met if sensitive land uses are proposed adjacent to a main railway line or yard. Developers must also fulfill the guidelines’ requirements to ensure safety.

To see the guidelines, click here.



Revised March 11, 2015


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