City seeks input on proposed Heritage Conservation District

GUELPH, ON, September 19, 2013 – The City is holding a community focus workshop to discuss options for policies and guidelines for the proposed Brooklyn and College Hill Heritage Conservation District.

The community focus workshop will be held on Wednesday, October 2 from 7-9 p.m. at the
Guelph Community Christian School, located at 195 College Avenue West.

Workshop participants will have an opportunity to provide feedback about key topics associated with this heritage district area, and the policies and guidelines that may be recommended for the district. Discussion topics will include the streetscape; open spaces; guidelines for contemporary design; guidelines for restoration and alterations; and heritage permit approvals and incentives.

“Whether you are new to the area, a long-time resident, or just interested in the city’s cultural heritage resources, this workshop will explain how heritage conservation district plans are used to guide development and change while conserving cultural heritage value,” explained Stephen Robinson, senior heritage planner with Planning Services.

The City will use feedback from the workshop to inform the draft Heritage Conservation District Plan and detailed design guidelines.

A Heritage Conservation District (HCD) is an area that is protected by a municipal designation by-law passed by City Council, under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act (OHA). District designation enables Council to manage and guide future change in the district, through adoption of a district plan with policies and guidelines for conservation, protection and enhancement of the area’s special character.

The Brooklyn and College Hill Heritage Conservation District would be the first of its kind to be designated in the City of Guelph. City Council approved the district boundary on December 10, 2012.

Read more about the Brooklyn and College Hill Heritage Conservation District.

For more information

Stephen Robinson
Senior Heritage Planner
Planning Services
519-837-5616 extension 2496