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Development and Rail Corridor Proximity Project


Development of land in proximity to the railway corridor is important to The City of Calgary. Currently, we are working with stakeholders to establish a policy to guide development approvals. The policy will take into account safety for building occupants and citizens, facilitate emergency response to incidents and protect buildings.

What to expect as an applicant

Applications in proximity to the railway corridor are currently assessed as follows:

  • Residential redevelopment within 30 metres of a railway corridor must be supported by a risk assessment. This does not apply to detached dwellings, semi-detached dwellings, duplex dwellings or secondary suites in developed areas.
  • In new communities, a 30 metre setback from the railway corridor is required.
  • Commercial applications may require a risk assessment at the discretion of The City.
  • Decisions on whether a sensitive use can be approved within 30 metres of the railway corridor will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Additional information and mitigation may be required to support the application.
  • Noise and vibration studies are required for residential applications in proximity to the railway corridor.

Sensitive uses in proximity to the railway corridor

A sensitive use is a use that includes occupants who may be confined or less able to help themselves in an emergency, such as children, seniors or people with disabilities. These occupants are typically also more susceptible to noise and vibration impacts caused by freight rail operations.

The following sensitive uses will be considered at the discretion of The City until the Rail Policy is approved by City Council. Additional studies may be required to evaluate the application.
  • Addiction treatment
  • Assisted living
  • Child care services
  • Custodial care
  • Emergency shelter
  • Health services laboratory - with clients
  • Home based child care - class 2
  • Hospitals
  • Jail
  • Medical clinic
  • Residential care
  • Schools - private
  • School authority - school
  • Temporary shelter



2015: July 27 and December 18

In-camera session with Council
December 18 Council agenda and video  (Item 6.1)

2016: March

Strategic session of Council
Council report and video  (Item 4.1.3)

2016: June 8

Standing Policy Committee on Planning and Urban Development - Presentation of the current approach and terms of reference
Committee report and video (Item 4.2)

2016: June 20

Regular Council meeting
Council agenda and video (Item 5.13)

Contact us 

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For additional questions about applications in proximity to a railway corridor, please contact:

Jeffry Haggett, MCIP, RPP, BCD Honours Urban Design
Planning & Development