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:

Update on Heritage Studies Report

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.

Link to report: Update on Heritage Studies

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.

Distillery District HCD Study to be Considered by Toronto Preservation Board

The Distillery District Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Study and accompanying Staff Report will be considered by the Toronto Preservation Board. Staff recommend that the Toronto Preservation Board support the preparation of a HCD Plan for the proposed boundary area.

Toronto Preservation Board: Wednesday, December 7th, 2016, 2:00 pm, Committee Room 3, Toronto City Hall

The Staff Report and the HCD Study can be found at the link below:




King-Spadina Heritage Conservation District Plan

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Community Consultation Meeting #2

The City of Toronto recently held public consultations and stakeholder meetings on the proposed King-Spadina Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Plan.  The City believes that consultation with the community prior to City Council considering the designation of an HCD is in the best interest of the City, community and property owners.

City Planning (Heritage Preservation Services) and its consultant, THA, have prepared presentation materials to explain the overall direction of the proposed King-Spadina HCD Plan and including the objectives, Statement of Significance, boundary, Character Areas, policies and guidelines and are available for public review below:

Panels-KS HCD CCM2- June 2016 (reduced)

Presentation-KS HCD CCM2 – June 2016 (reduced)

Please send your feedback and comments by July 11, 2016 to:

Tamara Anson-Cartwright, Program Manager, Heritage Preservation Services at

Jill Taylor, Principal Taylor Hazell Architects at

West Queen West HCD Community Consultation Meeting Materials Available Online

On June 23, 2016, the City of Toronto and its consultants, FGMDA Architects, held a community consultation meeting to provide an update on the West Queen West Planning Study, and to kick-off the beginning of the West Queen West HCD Study. You can access the presentation materials by following the links below.

WQW HCD Questionnaire

If you you were unable to attend the meeting and would still like to provide the Study Team input on what makes WQW special to you and share your insight on the history and character of your community, fill out the WQW-HCD-Study_Questionnaire and email a complete copy to

Presentation Materials

You can access the display boards here.

You can access the City Staff presentation here.

You can access FGMDA’s presentation here.

Learn more about Heritage Conservation Districts:

What is a HCD

How HCDs work

TOcore Expo

Come to Metro Hall to check out the TOcore Expo.

June 20 – 22, 2016, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

TOcore Expo: A three-day open house where you can talk to City staff about the directions for the Downtown Plan.

Location: Metro Hall Rotunda, 55 John Street

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