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    Rail corridor: adjacent land use/development guidance

    Can anyone point me to a resource that addresses land use and land development best practices/regulations for land along or adjacent to rail (freight or passenger) corridors. Something that addresses buffer uses, setbacks, mitigation for vibration, noise, etc. To clarify, I am not looking for station area planning or TOD type info.

    I thought this would be something relatively easy to find w/a web search but I couldn't turn anything up. Nothing on the FRA website either. Maybe it just doesn't exist...or my search skills are lacking.

    Thanks in advance for any feedback.

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    I think we may have had a thread on this a while back, you might want to do a thread search. Off the top of my head, I can't think of any on-line resources. I have some hardcopy stuff issued by railways, etc. We tend to defer to them for technical issues such as crash wall standards, etc. I might be able to dig up some stuff for you re: mitigation.

    EDIT: Try this link - http://www.proximityissues.ca/english/index.cfm

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    Quote Originally posted by Planner_West View post
    Maybe it just doesn't exist...or my search skills are lacking.

    Thanks in advance for any feedback.

    And out of left field:
    How to Search the Web

    Just in case you want to spend a few minutes brushing up on search skills to save you time on the back end.
    Last edited by Michele Zone; 07 Nov 2006 at 8:21 AM.

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    Thanks for the link Tranplanner. That's the most information I've seen.

    I'm guessing the rail companies have been in existence so long they have been somehow made immune from nuisance type suits by case law or grandfathering. My concern is that any immunity would not be extended to a jurisdiction that allows/plans for housing along a rail corridor or an agency who adds passenger service and substantially increases traffic along a corridor...but I'm just guessing.

    I think I'll look in comp plans, general plans, ordinances etc. of regions w/rail service.

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