Committee receives update on heritage conservation district plans

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The Built Heritage Committee received an update today about planned work on heritage conservation districts(link is external) (HCDs) during this term of Council. This includes a revised list of priority HCD studies along with new terms of reference for HCD studies.

The City will focus on completing two ongoing HCD studies, including one for Dundonald Park and the surrounding streets, and another for the Golden Triangle. Work will also focus on developing HCD plans for Dundonald Park and the Golden Triangle, as well as one for the existing Bank Street in Centretown HCD. These areas are considered high priority from a heritage conservation perspective, and many properties within the areas are already listed on the City’s Heritage Register.

The City will also undertake HCD feasibility assessments for five areas: Beaverbrook in Kanata, MacDonald Gardens Park in Lowertown, Wellington Street West in Hintonburg, Island Park Drive, and areas recommended for consideration through the ongoing Rideau Canal Cultural Landscape Study(link is external). Assessments will consider each area’s potential for HCD designation, start a dialogue with community members about designation, and determine resources and budgets required for full studies.

Heritage staff have also created new terms of reference for completing HCD studies and plans, providing clear and up-to-date requirements to ensure consistency between materials produced by both City heritage staff and hired consultants. The terms also formalize best practices and ensure the statutory requirements of the Ontario Heritage Act are met. New terms of reference have also been developed for HCD feasibility assessments to ensure consistency between studies completed for different areas.

The committee moved to designate three properties in and around Vanier and Manor Park(link is external), including 94 Beechwood Avenue, 241 Marier Avenue and 275 St. Laurent Boulevard. The properties meet at least four of the nine criteria for designation and are representative of the French influence on Janeville, Eastview and Clarkstown, which eventually became Vanier and its surrounding neighbourhoods.

The Committee moved to designate the properties at 149, 152, 156-158, 198, and 217 Rideau Street(link is external). These properties are examples of early commercial and mixed-use buildings constructed between the 1870s and 1920s. Each meets at least three of the nine criteria for designation.

Items from today’s meeting will rise to Council on Tuesday, June 25.

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