What We’re Up To and Why We’re Doing It

Welcome to the HCDs in Toronto Blog!

This blog is maintained by Heritage Preservation Services within the City of Toronto Planning Division and is designed to share information and receive feedback from anyone who is interested in our Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Studies and Plans. The City is currently studying five potential HCDs comprising over 2000 properties to determine if they should be designated as HCDs. We invite you to look around and learn more about these exciting projects, and contact us if you want more information.

Last year, City Council directed us to start work on HCD Studies in King-Spadina, Historic Yonge Street, the Garden District, St. Lawrence and Queen Street East. We’ve worked hard to get these studies underway and have great consulting teams helping us lead the projects. You can find out more about our consultants here too. Each area will be subject to two phases of work – a HCD study followed by a HCD plan, prior to designation.

The purpose of the HCD study is to determine if the area warrants designation as a HCD and to develop a full understanding of what makes it significant and a valued part of the city. The plan phase develops and implements policies and guidelines for conserving the valued character and sense of place that exists within the district, and to welcome the type of new development that fits in and benefits a HCD. A plan is adopted by bylaw when a district is designated.

As we work through the process of studying and planning the HCDs you will see new posts and information. We’ll use this blog to share information on milestones, notices and ways to participate in the process. Most of all, this blog is a way for you to communicate with us too, so please post comments and ideas on our blog entries– we want to share the excitement with you!

Scott Barrett

Sr. Coordinator,
Heritage Preservation Services,
City Planning Division,
City of Toronto

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