New heritage conservation district to conserve the character of downtown Oakville

Tuesday, February 05, 2013 – for immediate release

New heritage conservation district to conserve the character of downtown Oakville

Downtown Oakville Heritage Conservation District Plan and Guidelines will manage change

At a Planning and Development meeting last night, Council unanimously approved the Downtown Oakville Heritage Conservation District Plan and Guidelines designating a new heritage conservation district in downtown Oakville.

The new heritage district area, just west of Navy Street to Dunn Street, and just north of Randall Street to Robinson Street, reinforces the town’s commitment to creating a more livable Oakville by conserving heritage features.

“Council believes that the heritage features in our downtown core contribute to the vibrant and unique character of the business area and surrounding neighbourhood,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “This designation will ensure we retain and conserve those historical resources and create an even more sustainable community.”

The heritage district designation will allow change, in a managed way. The Downtown Oakville Heritage Conservation District Plan relies on a precise set of guidelines to preserve the exterior of heritage buildings, and ensure new contemporary buildings complement existing structures and neighbouring properties. 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 2011and several public meetings, workshops and focus groups followed throughout the process.

“On behalf of Council, I’d like to thank our business owners and residents who participated in the many public consultation sessions that shaped a plan and set of guidelines that will ensure we manage change and development in order to conserve the unique charm of our downtown core,” added Mayor Rob Burton.

To view the staff report open the February 4, 2013 Planning and Development Council agenda. The 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

Mary Jo Milhomens
Senior Communications Advisor
Town of Oakville
905-338-4244
mmilhomens@oakville.ca


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New heritage conservation district to conserve the character of downtown Oakville