The City of Toronto has been working on a Heritage Conservation District Study and Plan for the Garden District area. MHBC is undertaking the work for the City, with the assistance of Heritage Preservation Services staff. The first phase of the project (Heritage Conservation District Study) was completed in 2014 and supported by the Preservation Board on July 17th, 2014. MHBC began work on the preparation of the second phase of the project (Heritage Conservation District Plan) in the Fall of 2014, and is working on the development of the guidelines that will help to manage change within the Garden District area in the future. The Heritage Conservation District Plan will provide guidance to property owners and tenants who wish to make changes or modifications to their properties. The Heritage Conservation District Plan will establish those types of changes that will require approval of a heritage permit from the City and those that would not. The Heritage Conservation District Plan will also provide guidance for new development within the Garden District.
Community input is an important component associated with the development of the Heritage Conservation District Plan. You may have already received or seen the notice from City staff, but the project team is hosting a community meeting / workshop to obtain input on the direction of the draft guidelines. The meeting is planned for Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Ryerson International Living Learning Centre located at 240 Jarvis Street. The meeting will be held in the International Room on the Main Floor, and will consist of an update from the project team followed by a roundtable workshop to review and discuss some of the draft guidelines. If you are able to, can you please confirm your attendance by reply to this email so that we can get an idea of the number of people attending? In addition, if you know of other people who may be interesting in attending the meeting, please pass this invitation on to them.
Following the input received at the meeting, the project team will finalize the draft of the Heritage Conservation District Plan and release it for further community review and input. It is expected that the document will be finalized in spring 2015 for later consideration by the Preservation Board.
Thank you for your interest in this project. Should you have any questions about the work being conducted, please let me know either by reply to this email or by sending an email to GardenDistrictHCD@mhbcplan.com. You can also contact Heritage Preservation Services staff (Michael Vidoni) directly at: 416-338-1092. We look forward to receiving your input as work continues on this exciting project.
NICHOLAS P. BOGAERT, BES, MCIP, RPP, CAHP | Senior Planner
MHBC Planning, Urban Design & Landscape Architecture
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