Baby Point / Old Millside Advisory Group Meetings #2

On November 2 and 9, 2017 City Planning staff and the consultant team, led by EVOQ Architecture, met with the Baby Point and Old Millside Community Advisory Groups as part of the Baby Point Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Study to present the consultant’s preliminary findings and recommendations and to solicit feedback and discussion. The meeting was facilitated by LURA Consulting, with a representative from Councillor Doucette’s office (Ward 13 – Parkdale/High Park) in attendance.

The City’s consultant’s preliminary findings for the Baby Point HCD recommend City Planning revise the study area boundary and proceed to develop a HCD plan within the Baby Point neighbourhood (excluding Old Millside).

While Baby Point and Old Millside differ in the character of the homes, they are both components of the Baby Point Archaeologically Sensitive Area, and as such it is recognized that a coordinated approach be taken to ensure that archaeological resources are identified and conserved as work occurs within both neighbourhoods. The consultant recommends that the City develop a new planning tool, which may include but is not limited to an HCD, to conserve the archaeological resources within the Old Millside neighbourhood. This tool would not include provisions to conserve the architecture and built form of homes within Old Millside.

The HCD Study is ongoing and the consultant’s final recommendations are anticipated to be presented to the public in January, 2018. The advisory group presentation can be downloaded from the link below.

Combined Presentation

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

Meeting Summary


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.