Old Mill Heritage Conservation District Development

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On June 23, 2020, Council initiated a Heritage Conservation District Study for the Old Mill neighbourhood in Lindsay. This page is intended to provide information about the ongoing study process and for public engagement and feedback throughout the study.

Heritage Conservation Districts (HCDs) are areas protected by a by-law passed under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act. HCDs are usually groups of buildings or structures, such as neighbourhoods, which have a unique historic character. District designations are put in place to help conserve and enhance historic areas, guide future development so that it has a positive impact on

On June 23, 2020, Council initiated a Heritage Conservation District Study for the Old Mill neighbourhood in Lindsay. This page is intended to provide information about the ongoing study process and for public engagement and feedback throughout the study.

Heritage Conservation Districts (HCDs) are areas protected by a by-law passed under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act. HCDs are usually groups of buildings or structures, such as neighbourhoods, which have a unique historic character. District designations are put in place to help conserve and enhance historic areas, guide future development so that it has a positive impact on local areas, and help maintain a sense of place and pride in our unique neighbourhoods and communities in Kawartha Lakes.

There are two steps required to designate an HCD in Ontario:

  1. The first is a heritage conservation district study which examines the history of the area and its buildings and structures. The study makes recommendations as to whether the area should be designated as a district and what its boundaries should be. The study usually takes about a year from the time it is initiated by Council.
  2. If the study recommends designating the area as a district, the second step is a heritage conservation district plan. The plan is developed, in consultation with the local community, and includes design guidelines, policies for growth and development, and recommendations about heritage permits.

The Old Mill area is currently undergoing the study phase.

  • Welcome to the Old Mill HCD Project!

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    04 Aug 2020
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    Welcome! This new section on Jump In, Kawartha Lakes is designed to help encourage and gather public feedback on the Old Mill Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Study.

    In this section you will find information on the Old Mill HCD Project, spearheaded by Emily Turner, Economic Development Officer - Heritage, and you can follow along with the progress being made.

    You can also take part in the interactive areas such as the forum, polls and idea sharing. This is project is meant to be a collaboration and we want to hear from you. Have a look around and jump into the discussion.


  • Engagement and Community Meetings

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    04 Aug 2020
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    Public engagement is an important part of the designation of a heritage conservation district because it help answers questions you might have about district designation and allows you to identify and protect the things about your neighbourhood that are important to your community. You are encouraged to get involved in the study process, especially if you live in the Old Mill area. We are looking for input on the study development and about the history of the study area and the buildings within it.

    Please be aware that in an effort to continue physical distancing and keep our community safe, we will be holding many of our community engagement activities online. If you are not able to access online materials, please contact us for alternate formats. Information about our public engagement sessions, resources, surveys and more will be posted below for you to access. Check back often as this page will be updated regularly as the study progresses.

    Community Meetings

    We will conduct community meetings throughout the study process. All residents, property owners, and business owners are invited to attend and participate in community meetings to ask questions and provide feedback on the study. Community meetings are your opportunity to help shape the future development of your neighbourhood. Information about the time, date, and location of public meetings will be posted here as they are scheduled.

    Materials, including video recordings, from the community meetings will be posted here for you to access throughout the study process.

    Our first community meetings were held on August 13 and August 18, 2020. Our next public meetings will be scheduled for early 2021. Information on these sessions will be available on this page.

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to continue social distancing for the safety of both members of the public and our staff, we will be holding some of our community meetings and engagement sessions online. We will be facilitating these in such a way that community members can join both by video and by phone. If you are not able to access these virtual meetings, please contact us so that we can provide the material for you in an alternative format.

  • Steps to designate an HCD

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    There are a variety of steps and three phases to designating an HCD, including Identification, a Study Phase and a Plan Phase. The project is currently in the Study Phase.

    Study Approval

    Initial Identification

    An area is identified as a potential heritage conservation district by staff, members of the community, or the Municipal Heritage Committee. Preliminary research is conducted to determine if the area has potential for designation, such as identifying if the area has a concentration of historic properties or buildings with specific architectural interest.

    Municipal Heritage Committee (MHC) Recommendation

    The Municipal Heritage Committee makes a recommendation to Council to begin an HCD study in a defined geographic area.

    Council Approval

    Council approves the MHC recommendation and directs staff to begin the HCD study.

    Study Phase (9-12 months)

    HCD Study Phase

    The HCD study begins. The identified study area is examined for its architectural, historical, and contextual merit. Researchers look for important historical stories, architecture, and development patterns that define the local area. Boundaries for a potential HCD are identified which may or may not be the same as the study area depending on the findings of the visual property surveys and research.

    Public Consultation (throughout Study Phase)

    At the beginning of the study phase, notices are circulated and property owners in the area are notified. Public meetings and surveys are held to solicit input and involve the local community. Community members are invited to participate in the the HCD Study Advisory group and provide input and information to staff to help with the study.

    Study Complete

    The study is completed and presented to Council. It makes recommendations about whether the study area should be designated, what features are important, and what the boundaries should be. Based on the recommendations in the study, Council may choose to proceed with a district plan using the boundaries recommended by the study.

    Plan Phase (6-9 months)

    Plan Phase

    The plan phase begins. An overall plan is created which will direct future growth and development in the area. It includes overall policy statements and design guidelines for construction.

    Public Consultation (throughout Plan Phase)

    At the beginning of the plan phase, public notices are circulated and property owners in the area are notified. Public meetings are held to solicit input and involve the local community. Community members are asked to think about how they want to see their community evolve to help develop the plan. A draft plan is presented to the community for input.

    Plan Complete and Designation

    The plan is complete and presented to Council for approval. Council passes a by-law to designate the district. Notices are circulated to the Ontario Heritage Trust and property owners. The area is now designated as a district. Development and growth in the area are guided by the district plan.