Guelph’s first heritage conservation district receives official designation

Guelph, ON, January 21, 2016 – Guelph’s first heritage conservation district (HCD), the Brooklyn and College Hill Heritage Conservation District, is now designated under the Ontario Heritage Act.

“The Brooklyn and College Hill Heritage Conservation District is the first area in our city to have its properties’ cultural heritage features recognized and protected,” says Stephen Robinson, Senior Heritage Planner. “The HCD designation also allows for new construction, alterations or demolitions on properties in the district provided the neighbourhood’s cultural heritage is conserved.”

This official designation follows the Ontario Municipal Board’s (OMB) recent dismissal of the appeals against the Brooklyn and College Hill HCD. The OMB decision recognizes the City met all requirements of the Ontario Heritage Act in designating the district.

The City’s Brooklyn and College Hill Heritage Conservation District Plan and Guidelines apply to 160 properties.  The properties are located within the area that is north of College Avenue to the northern edge of Royal City Park along Gordon Street, and includes a portion of residential properties west of Gordon Street bound by Mary Street and Forbes Avenue.

Map of the Brooklyn and College Hill Heritage Conservation District

Property owners in the area will need a heritage permit to:

  • change, erect or demolish any building or structure on the property (this may not be necessary for minor changes)
  • remove trees greater than 20 centimetres in diameter that contribute to the heritage value or visual character of the district, for example a tree with branches that overhang the street.

Properties that border the district are not subject to the HCD Plan and Guidelines. If development or site changes are planned on neighbouring land, the property owner may need to submit a Cultural Heritage Resource Impact Assessment, as outlined in the City’s Official Plan.

City Council approved the HCD on September 8, 2014.

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

About heritage conservation districts

A heritage conservation district is a geographically defined area with distinct heritage character that is protected by a municipal by-law under the Ontario Heritage Act. This designation allows the City to manage and guide future change in the area by conserving, protecting and enhancing its special character.

For more information

Stephen Robinson, Senior Heritage Planner
Planning Services
519-837-5616 extension 2496
stephen.robinson@guelph.ca