Heritage districts

Suburbs

The Ontario Heritage Act enables us to designate either all or any part of a neighbourhood as a heritage conservation district to conserve and enhance its unique character.

This process involves preparing and adopting a heritage conservation district plan, which provides guidance to the property owners and us on how to protect and maintain the heritage of the district.

An area is designated under Part V (heritage conservation districts) of the Ontario Heritage Act and placed on the Municipal Heritage Register following:

  • Completion of a heritage study;
  • Consultation with both the Heritage Kitchener committee and the property owner(s); and
  • Preparation of a plan.

    Kitchener's heritage conservation districts

    Locally, we currently have four designated heritage conservation districts:

    • St. Mary's: The district plan provides policies and guidelines to conserve the significant architecture and suburban landscapes unique to the post World War II housing character associated with the area.
    • Upper Doon: The district plan contains policies and guidelines to conserve the architecture and landscapes unique to the rural character associated with the former village of Doon.
    • Victoria Park: The district plan contains guidelines and policies aimed at conserving the significant Victorian architecture and romantic landscapes that are unique to the Victoria Park neighbourhood. A self-guided tour of the Victoria Park heritage conservation district is available, if you're interested in learning more about this historic community.
    • Civic Centre: The district plan contains guidelines and policies to protect and conserve the Civic Centre neighbourhood. This unique neighbourhood is linked to several key periods in our city's development, and contains many buildings associated with important business people and community leaders.

    District rules

    Designated properties within a heritage conservation district are subject to a designating bylaw, which identifies the boundary and adopts the heritage conservation district plan's policies and guidelines for change within the area.

    Owners of property designated under the Ontario Heritage Act within a heritage conservation district may require a heritage permit to make changes to either the building or the property in question.

    Vacant buildings and structures on properties within a heritage conservation district that are listed on the Municipal Heritage Register are subject to the heritage provisions of the property standards bylaw.

     

     

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