City launches two heritage conservation district studies
“Heritage conservation districts are special areas with cultural heritage value that add to a sense of place that extends beyond individual buildings and structures,” explained the City’s Arts, Culture and Heritage Development Officer Debra Soule. “Districts can include residential, commercial or industrial areas as well as landscapes or entire villages.”
Commencing in early September the studies will include public consultation as well as advisory committees.
“Public consultation is an important part of the study process,” said Ms. Soule. “People who live in, or who own property within the proposed districts will have the opportunity to work with the consultants to identify the attributes that they feel are an important part of their area’s character, and to contribute to an overall future vision for a potential district.”
The City’s strategic vision outlines that heritage is an important sector for economic development in terms of contributing to the region’s overall quality of life, stimulating business growth and tourism dollars.
There is growing interest and recognition of the value of heritage conservation districts as a way to ensure that a community’s most cherished historic areas are maintained for future generations and that future development does not compromise the characteristics and features that are important to those communities.
In order to create a Heritage Conservation District, a study must first be undertaken to determine if the area has sufficient merit to become a district, and if so to identify its boundaries. A heritage district conservation plan can then be prepared setting out area-specific guidelines for future development.
The heritage conservation district studies are being undertaken by City of Kawartha Lakes in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and partially funded by the Rural Economic Development Fund.
For more information please contact:
Arts, Culture and Heritage Development Officer, Economic Development
City of Kawartha Lakes
705 324 9411 Ext. 1498