Kensington Market HCD Study Community Consultation Meeting #2

On February 9th, 2017, Heritage Preservation Services hosted the second community consultation meeting for the Kensington Market Heritage Conservation District Study at St. Stephen’s Community House, along with the project team led by Taylor Hazell Architects. Presentation materials are now available for download.

Click here to download the presentation.

Click here to download the display panels.

Please provide any feedback, questions and comments by February 27th, 2017.

You can contact the project team at

You can contact City Staff at

Kensington Market HCD Study Stakeholder Advisory Committee Meeting #3

On November 22, 2016, the Kensington Market HCD Stakeholder Advisory Committee met at St. Stephens-in-the-Fields Church for its third meeting. The evening was chaired by facilitator, Melanie Hare (Urban Strategies Inc.) with material presented by heritage consultant, Ellen Kowalchuk (Taylor Hazell Architects).

Click here for an agenda of the meeting.

Click here for a copy of the consultant’s presentation.

Click here for a copy of the meeting summary.

Garden District HCD Plan Adopted by City Council

At its meeting of January 31, 2017, Toronto City Council adopted staff recommendations to designate the Garden District HCD under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act, and to adopt by by-law, the Garden District Heritage Conservation District Plan.

Staff report and recommendations can be found here.

You can find the Plan as adopted by Council on Heritage Preservation Services’ website here.

Kensington Market Heritage Conservation District Study Community Consultation Meeting #2

On Thursday February 9, 2017, the City of Toronto and its consultants, Taylor Hazell Architects, will be holding the final community consultation meeting to present the HCD Study findings. This will include the area analysis, heritage evaluation and draft recommendations, as well as an opportunity for community input and feedback.

Details are as follows:

Date: Thursday February 9, 2017

Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Place: St. Stephen’s Community House, 91 Bellevue Avenue, Toronto

You can download the meeting notice here: KM Community Meeting February 9 2017


City Council Enacts HCD Study Area Designation By-law for King-Spadina

At its December 11, 12 and 13 meeting, Toronto City Council passed By-law 1186-2016 to prohibit the demolition or removal of any buildings or structures on properties that have the potential to contribute to the cultural heritage value of King-Spadina within the study area boundaries for a period of one year.

During the course of the King-Spadina HCD study, four properties identified as potentially contributing to the study area have been demolished, and an additional four have recently been proposed for demolition. Of the 303 properties identified as potentially contributing, 160 are at immediate risk of demolition as they are without any form of heritage protection and the City could not deny or withhold a demolition permit so long as the applicant has complied with all applicable law.

The By-law does not affect the processing of planning applications, the adoption of zoning by-laws or official plan amendments, the granting of variances by the Committee of Adjustment or any other city approvals required by City Planning or other divisions. It includes exemptions for properties which already have obtained demolition permits, obtained approval to demolish or remove buildings in accordance with a final zoning by-law or may obtain final approval for a zoning by-law amendment which permits the demolition of buildings located on these properties.

The Staff Report (including the by-law) and Member Motion can be found at the links below. Additional consultation for the King-Spadina HCD will be undertaken in the new year, notification for which will be posted on the HCD Blog in advance.

Staff Report

Member Motion



Recommendation to designate Garden District HCD

On December 7, 2016, the Toronto Preservation Board adopted staff recommendations to designate the Garden District Heritage Conservation District under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and t0 adopt the Garden Disrict HCD Plan by by-law.

Link to the decision can be accessed here: 

The staff report will be considered next by Toronto East York Community Council on January 17, 2017 at 2:00 pm (Committee Room 3, City Hall) and by Toronto City Council on January 31, 2016 at 9:30am (Council Chambers, City Hall).

Toronto Preservation Board Endorses the Distillery District HCD Study

The Toronto Preservation Board endorsed the Distillery District Heritage Conservation District Study at its meeting on December 7th, 2016. The board also voted to support the development of an HCD Plan for the Distillery District, as well as the creation of a Stakeholder Advisory Committee to help guide the development of the HCD Plan.

Staff Report

HCD Study (part 1)

HCD Study (recommendations)

HCD Study (appendices)