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.

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 Historic Yonge Street HCD to be considered

City staff recommendations to designate Historic Yonge Street HCD will be considered by the Toronto Preservation Board, Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC) and Toronto City Council.

The staff report can be accessed here:

Meeting dates

Toronto Preservation Board, February 10, 2016 at 2:00 pm. Committee Room 1, City Hall

TEYCC, February 23, 2016 . Committee Room 1, City Hall.

Toronto City Council, March 10, 2016 at 9:30 am. Council Chambers, City Hall.

Historic Yonge Street Heritage Conservation District Plan (Draft)

Historic Yonge Street Heritage Conservation District Plan (Draft)

The City believes that consultation with the community prior to Council considering the designation of an HCD is in the best interest of the community, City and property owners.

The City and its consultant, DIALOG, have prepared the draft HCD Plan for public review and comment. The plan required under section 41.1 (5) of the Ontario Heritage Act states clear objectives, definitive policies for heritage conservation, as well as relevant planning requirements and procedures.

The proposed committee schedule is as follows:

  • Toronto Preservation Board – February 10, 2016
  • Toronto and East York Community Council – February 23, 2016
  • Toronto City Council – March 10, 2016


You can access the HCD Plan here.

Share Your Views – Submit by January 20, 2016  

You can provide your feedback about the content and direction of the HCD Plan by emailing Michael Vidoni, Heritage Planner, at

or by mail/delivery to:

Heritage Preservation Services
City Planning
City Hall, 17 East Tower
M5H 2N2
Fax: (416) 392-1973

Historic Yonge Street HCD Community Consultation Meeting Materials Available Online

On October 14, 2015, the City of Toronto and its consultants, DIALOG Inc., convened a community consultation meeting to discuss the policy direction for the Historic Yonge Street HCD Plan.

You can access the display boards here.

You can access the presentation here.

Historic Yonge Street HCD Plan Community Consultation Meeting

The City of Toronto is holding a Community Consultation meeting on the proposed Historic Yonge Street Heritage Conservation District Plan for designation under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act.

Details are as follows:

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

YMCA – Central Auditorium

20 Grosvenor St., Toronto ON

The public notice can be accessed here: HYHCD Public Notice #1

Toronto Preservation Board Endorses Proceeding to Plan for the Historic Yonge Street HCD

At its July 28, 2015 meeting, the Toronto Preservation Board endorsed proceeding to preparation of the HCD Plan for Historic Yonge Street. Among staff recommendations were a revised boundary. The consultant team, led by DIALOG, will develop the HCD Plan for the area through the remainder of the summer and into the fall months.

You can access the staff report here:

DIALOG’s presentation to the Toronto Preservation Board is here:

HYHCD TPB Presentation