Years of heritage efforts under threat of appeal

hallContributed by Andre Bermon – The long-awaited conclusion to the appeal of the St. Lawrence Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Plan is set to unfold November 12, 2019, at the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT). This event marks a possible turning point for the future of heritage protection in Toronto’s oldest district.

 
The HCD Plan for the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood came into effect November 2015 after years of study and evaluation by City Planning in concert with both private and public consultation. City Council backed the plan as a response to concerns over diminishment of heritage character in the downtown east. Protection under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act would help guide development in this culturally sensitive area.

 
However, since the Plan’s endorsement a consortium of developer and investment enterprises, with vast real-estate portfolios, including First Gulf and Larco Investments Ltd., were swift in calling for an appeal. According to a document released by the LPAT, issues surround the interpretation of the Plan’s guidelines and conformity to municipal and provincial planning goals.
The 249-page HCD Plan details policies restricting practises, such as alterations and demolitions, and forces developers to recognize heritage attributes of buildings by imposing limitations on density and height in order to preserve the existing character of the community. These regulations would undermine the freehand of massive condominium proposals presently underway.

 
A successful appeal to the heritage district plan may forever stall future conservation efforts in Old Town Toronto. A precedent that could threaten the potential of other HCD sites under study and review. Yet, a ruling in favour of the Plan would be a major win for the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood and a boon to preserving the city’s-built history.
Stay tuned readers!

TwitterGoogle+FacebookLinkedInDiggStumbleUponBlogger PostDeliciousShare

Other News

first-parliament-building=parliament-street

First Parliament

Some interesting developments on The First Parliament site is located in downtown Toronto at the intersection of Front and Parliament Streets. It is a full city block, bounded on the west by Berkeley … [Read More...]

Homelife-Mural-copy

Cabbagetown Outdoor Gallery

Contributed by Gerald Michaud, Broker - ManagerHomeLife/Realty One Ltd., Brokerage -- Recently, we commissioned a piece of Art by artist Christian English-Pratt.  The Art mural being painted is on our … [Read More...]

doubletake-thrift-store-cabbagetown

Double Take has all the giftables

Contributed by Sharon -- YSM’s Double Take Thrift Store is here to help you get ready for the holidays! Our staff are excited to share sustainable and creative ways the Cabbagetown community can show … [Read More...]

homes-in-cabbagetown

KNOW THAT HOUSE

Contributed by  Maryam Hatam -- Hugh Neilson House: This yellow brick house (295 Carlton St.), with a beautiful wooden door was built in the Gothic Revival style in 1878 for Hugh Neilson, a Scottish … [Read More...]

St Anne’s Heart

Contributed by Anita Bostok --- Back in the 1980s, a friend dared Carlos Carreiro to take a dance class. Up for the challenge, he went to the class that he found enjoyable, but it was the attractive … [Read More...]

Tony Lafazanis – Personal Injury Lawyer

Are You a Victim of a Hit and Run?

Contributed by Tony Lafazanis – Personal Injury Lawyer --- Getting in a car accident, for any driver, cyclist or pedestrian can be a nightmare. Unfortunately, hit and run accidents occur far too … [Read More...]

bostok-hathaway-getting-to-know-you

GETTING TO KNOW YOU

Cabbagetown is a neighbourhood of beauty, heritage, cultural diversity and inclusion. We are Anita Bostok and Noman Hathaway and we’re proud to contribute this regular feature where you get to know … [Read More...]

shuter-street-Pharmacy

Shuter Street Pharmacy

Shuter St Pharmacy located at 290 Shuter, Corner Shuter and Parliament is now under new management. Our professional team is ready to serve the Cabbagetown and surrounding communities for all their … [Read More...]

Pollinator-Project_Dixon-hall

Pollinator Grant Update

In 2019, staff from the Rooming House Project applied for the Pollinator Grant with help from local tenants who were interested in the project. Together staff and clients completed the application, … [Read More...]

greenthumbs

Green Thumbs Pumpkin Project

Green Thumbs Growing Kids is a local charity actively creating school food gardens in order to connect children to food and their environment. For 21 years we have been at the forefront of … [Read More...]

You’re just the right kind of wrong!

Contributed by Debjani Sinha Do you hear this background noise in your head? “You’re too loud!” “You won’t make it.” “They don’t like you.” “You look bloated.” “It’s all your fault.” and … [Read More...]

enough1

Wish I Could

Dub J announces new single with all-star cast to speak out against gun violence. Canadian producer Dub J unifies a Toronto A-List roster of JRDN, Maestro Fresh Wes, JD Era, Bizz … [Read More...]