Overview: Development Close to Rail Corridors & Yards
This Land Use Study will lead to guidelines for a series of rail corridor types that will assist City staff when they review development applications adjacent to rail corridors and yards. The study is being conducted in two Phases. Phase 1 is 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 that will serve as the basis for consultation in Phase 2.
Informed by the findings of Phase 1, the key objective of phase 2 is to develop guidelines based on the typologies identified. A critical component of Phase 2 will be consultation with rail operators, interested parties, partner divisions, and the public.
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 assist staff in the development of Toronto specific land use guidelines for development that is proposed in close proximity to rail infrastructure.