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:
On June 26th and 27th the Baby Point HCD Study Community Advisory Groups met at Humbercrest United Church. The decision to convene two separate neighbourhood advisory groups (one for Baby Point and one for Old Millside) was requested at the first community consultation meeting, held on March 27th.
The objectives of the advisory group meetings were to:
- provide an update on the HCD Study
- Review and confirm the advisory group Terms of Reference
- Present the results of preliminary data collection, and review feedback from the first community consultation meeting
- Discuss elements of significance and areas of concern with respect to heritage priorities within the neighbourhood
The discussion at both advisory group meetings contributed useful information for the project team on the features that define the Old Millside and Baby Point neighbourhoods, and provided an opportunity for community members to ask questions of clarification regarding the HCD Study process. Meeting summaries will be posted online in the coming weeks.
The agendas and presentations for both advisory group meetings can be downloaded below:
Old Millside – Agenda
Old Millside – Presentation
Baby Point – Agenda
Baby Point – Presentation
Material provided to advisory group members prior to the meeting included:
The Toronto Preservation Board endorsed the King-Spadina Heritage Conservation District Plan at its meeting on June 22, 2017, and the designation the area as a Heritage Conservation District under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act.
The King-Spadina HCD and Plan will proceed to Toronto and East York Community Council on September 6, 2017.
The staff report and HCD Plan can be downloaded from the link below: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2017.PB24.1
The Toronto Preservation Board will consider a staff recommendation to designate the King-Spadina Heritage Conservation District (HCD) under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act at its meeting on June 22nd, 2017, and to adopt the King-Spadina HCD Plan.
The designation of King-Spadina as an HCD and adoption of the HCD Plan will manage change within the district to conserve the area’s cultural heritage value through the implementation of contextual policies and guidelines.
The Toronto Preservation Board meeting will be held on Thursday, June 22nd at Toronto City Hall in Committee Room 2, beginning at 9:30 AM.
The HCD Plan will then proceed to Toronto and East York Community Council on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at Toronto City Hall in Committee Room 1 at 9:30 AM.
The staff report and HCD Plan can be downloaded from the link below:
Please join Toronto City Planning on Monday, May 1st for an evening of presentations and a panel discussion on urban heritage and culture in Toronto’s King-Spadina neighbourhood, and to hear how other cities are valuing and capitalizing on their historic warehouse districts. This event will feature Donovan Rypkema, an internationally-recognized expert on the intersection of heritage, placemaking and economics.
WHERE: Urbanspace Gallery, 401 Richmond Street West
WHEN: Monday May 1st, 2017
6:00 – 6:30 PM
*opening remarks by Councillor Joe Cressy (Ward 20)
6:40 – 7:00 PM – Historic Warehouse Districts (Alex Corey, Heritage Planner, Heritage Preservation Services)
7:00 – 7:30 PM – The Economics of Historic Preservation (Donovan Rypkema, President, Heritage Strategies International)
Panel Discussion / Q&A
7:30 – 8:30 PM
Moderator: Mike Williams, General Manager, Economic Development and Culture
Panelists: Tamara Anson-Cartwright, Program Manager, Heritage Preservation Services
Lynda Macdonald, Manager, Community Planning
Donovan Rypkema, President, Heritage Strategies International
Margie Zeidler, President, 401 Richmond Ltd.
Please note that capacity is limited and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis
On April 5, 2017 City Planning delivered a staff report to the Planning and Growth Management Committee providing an update regarding the assessment and designation of properties under Part IV and Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act.
The report identifies that City Council has authorized 11 Heritage Conservation District (HCD) studies, with 12 HCDs currently in-progress or prioritized for study. As of March 2017, the total number of properties identified with heritage potential and subject to further evaluation is 1,250.
Heritage Preservation Services (HPS), with the City Solicitor, are in the initial steps of gathering data for a Needs Analysis which will guide review of the City of Toronto’s Heritage Register listing process for non-designated properties. This analysis, which will include consultation, will help to identify issues and gaps and generate test solutions to make heritage listing faster and more transparent.
City Planning’s in-depth review of procedures and prioritization over the next four months will inform the development of recommendations for a staff report to the Planning and Growth Management Committee on September 7, 2017.