The Land Use study was conducted in two Phases.
Phase 1 was an inventory and information gathering phase with the objective being to obtain a better understanding of what rail infrastructure we have in the City, the nature of rail operations and identify a series of rail infrastructure typologies.
Using the results of Phase 1, Phase 2 included additional consultations with rail operators, the public and other interested stakeholders, as well as an assessment of industry ‘best practices’ and actions taken in other municipalities in Canada.
As Toronto continues to intensify, development pressure is increasing on sites and lands that are located either in close proximity to, or adjacent to rail infrastructure. As a result of this pressure and in light of recent rail related train incidents, there are increasing concerns about the issue of rail safety in the City.
As part of its adoption of the Dupont Street Regeneration Area Study in late 2014, City Council directed City Planning staff to undertake a study in order to identify appropriate separation and mitigation requirements for developments along rail corridors in the City.
Currently, there are over 200 km of railway corridors and yards within the City of Toronto. In order to support the continued viability of this network and accommodate the City’s continued growth, the City retained IBI Group and Stantec to undertake the City wide land use study.