Toronto Preservation Board Endorses the Kensington Market HCD Study

The Toronto Preservation Board endorsed the Kensington Market Heritage Conservation District Study at its meeting on September 28, 2017. The board also voted to support the development of an HCD Plan for the Kensington Market Neighbourhood.

The staff report and HCD Study can be downloaded from the link below:


King-Spadina HCD Adopted by City Council

At its meeting of October 2, 2017, Toronto City Council adopted staff recommendations to designate the King-Spadina Heritage Conservation District under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act, and to adopt the King-Spadina 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.

Casa Loma HCD Study Open House

On September 28, 2017 City Planning staff hosted the first community open house for the Casa Loma Heritage Conservation District Study.

The open house provided an opportunity for the City’s consultant team, led by EVOQ Architecture along with Urban Strategies, DTAH and ASI, to present their preliminary findings and engage with the local community. The event was facilitated by LURA Consulting.

Material presented at the open house can be downloaded below, as well as an application form to participate in the community advisory group for this project. A meeting summary, including a summary of feedback received, will be posted at a later date.

Presentation Boards

Building Typologies

Construction Dates and Building Use

Historical Timeline


Planning Policy

Community Advisory Group Material

Terms of Reference [Draft]

Application Form

Feedback Form


Open House for the Casa Loma HCD Study

The City is holding the first Open House for the Casa Loma HCD Study, where you can drop by to gather information, speak with staff and consultants and share comments.

This Open House will provide an overview of the HCD Study process and preliminary findings from the heritage survey and research. Please drop by to share your thoughts on the Casa Loma neighbourhood, ask questions and participate in the process.

WHERE: City of Toronto Archives, 255 Spadina Road, Ground Floor Atrium

WHEN: Thursday September 28, 2017, 5:00-8:00 PM

Click here to download the Open House Notice.

Proceeding from Study to Plan Phase for the Proposed Kensington Market Neighbourhood HCD

The Toronto Preservation Board will consider a staff recommendation to proceed from the Study Phase to the Plan Phase of the proposed Kensington Market Neighbourhood HCD at its meeting on September 28, 2017.

The Toronto Preservation Board meeting will be held on Thursday, September 28th at Toronto City Hall in Committee Room 2, beginning at 9:30 AM.

The staff report and HCD Study can be downloaded from the link below:

MPAC to Reduce Assessments of Yonge Street Retail Properties in the Historic Yonge HCD

On August 31, 2017 the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) released a statement regarding the assessment of retail properties located within the Historic Yonge Street Heritage Conservation District (HCD).

In response to concerns raised by small business owners and Mayor John Tory that the assessed value based on sales price was seriously impacting their ability to maintain tenancy and/or ownership, and taking into consideration the Council-approved but appealed designation of the Historic Yonge HCD, MPAC has reduced the assessed values for these properties to reflect their current value.

The full press release from MPAC can be read here.

Sunshine Valley Authorized for Study as a Potential Heritage Conservation District

At its meeting of July 4th, 2017 Toronto City Council authorized a study be undertaken of Sunshine Valley as a potential Heritage Conservation District (HCD). The authorized study area is located in East York, northeast of the intersection of St. Clair Avenue East and O’Connor Drive.

Sunshine Valley is one of three identified neighbourhoods in Toronto designed and built by Wartime Housing Limited, and retains a significant number of the 197 clapboard sided Victory Houses constructed for returning World War II veterans and their families. The area maintains a strong connection to this history, as evidenced through the houses, street names, and the memories of first, second and third generation residents.

Sunshine Valley will be be considered in the next round of prioritization conducted by City Planning to determine which of the 12 authorized HCD nominations will proceed.

The Agenda Item and Staff Report can be found at the link below: