Heritage Oakville Advisory Committee supports heritage conservation district in downtown Oakville

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 – for immediate release

Heritage Oakville Advisory Committee supports heritage conservation district in downtown Oakville

Draft plan and guidelines go to Council February 4

At a meeting yesterday, the Heritage Oakville Advisory Committee unanimously supported the draft Downtown Oakville Heritage Conservation District Plan and Guidelines — the town’s forward-thinking visionary plan to maintain and conserve the vibrant heritage character of the Lakeshore Road East corridor and adjacent streets. The draft plan and guidelines will now go to Council for consideration on February 4.

“One of the actions coming out of the Downtown Oakville Strategic Action Plan was to identify the area as a potential heritage conservation district in order to protect and enhance the historic importance of the downtown,” said Dana Anderson, director of Planning Services. “Once in place, the Downtown Oakville Heritage Conservation District Plan and Guidelines will manage change in the area efficiently and responsibly to preserve the downtown core’s heritage value.”

The irregular boundary of the proposed conservation district roughly encompasses the area from just west of Navy Street to Dunn Street, and just north of Randall Street to Robinson Street. If approved by Council, a conservation district would be established with a set of precise guidelines to preserve the exterior of heritage buildings, and ensure new contemporary buildings complement existing structures and neighbouring properties. Streetscapes and landscape heritage features will also be covered in the guidelines. A Municipal Implementation document also outlines recommended initiatives and steps to support the plan and conservation efforts.

The Downtown Oakville Heritage Conservation District Study started in the fall of 2011 with a number of public meetings, workshops and focus groups taking place throughout the process.

To view the staff report visit open the January 22, 2013 committee agenda. The draft Downtown Oakville Heritage Conservation District Plan and Guidelines, as well as the Municipal Implementation document can be found on the Downtown Heritage Conservation District Study page.

The Downtown Oakville Heritage Conservation District Study is part of Vision 2057: Preserve it! The Vision 2057 master plans, together with other key planning initiatives will create a more livable and sustainable Oakville. For more information visit the Vision 2057 page.

For more information

Dana Anderson
Director of Planning Services
Town of Oakville
905-815-6020
danderson@oakville.ca


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Heritage Oakville Advisory Committee supports heritage conservation district in downtown Oakville