Heritage Conservation District Study

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A Heritage Conservation District Plan and Design Guidelines will provide the detailed implementation information that will be used to guide future conservation and development activities within the historic community of Port Stanley.

In 2013, MHBC Planning, the Municipality's planning consultants, presented Council with a Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Study and Implementation Plan for the community of Port Stanley.

Although Council, at that time, did not pursue an HCD designation, the information and recommendations provided an excellent resource for Council and staff to refer to when reviewing and assessing development applications.

Council adopted portions of the report that could serve as design guidelines for voluntary implementation. These sections include:

  • 4.4 - Alterations to Heritage Properties
  • 4.5 - Alterations to Non-Heritage Properties
  • 4.6 - Signage on Commercial Structures
  • 4.7 - New building Construction
  • 4.10 - Landscape Conservation and Design Guidelines for the Private Realm; and
  • 4.11 - Landscape Conservation and Design Guidelines for the Public Realm

The Study's recommendations on signage on commercial structures was later incorporated into Central Elgin's sign by-law.

A Heritage Conservation District Plan and Design Guidelines will provide the detailed implementation information that will be used to guide future conservation and development activities within the historic community of Port Stanley.

In 2013, MHBC Planning, the Municipality's planning consultants, presented Council with a Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Study and Implementation Plan for the community of Port Stanley.

Although Council, at that time, did not pursue an HCD designation, the information and recommendations provided an excellent resource for Council and staff to refer to when reviewing and assessing development applications.

Council adopted portions of the report that could serve as design guidelines for voluntary implementation. These sections include:

  • 4.4 - Alterations to Heritage Properties
  • 4.5 - Alterations to Non-Heritage Properties
  • 4.6 - Signage on Commercial Structures
  • 4.7 - New building Construction
  • 4.10 - Landscape Conservation and Design Guidelines for the Private Realm; and
  • 4.11 - Landscape Conservation and Design Guidelines for the Public Realm

The Study's recommendations on signage on commercial structures was later incorporated into Central Elgin's sign by-law.

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    Why are the Harbour lands which are included in the Harbour Development Secondary plan Not included in the Heritage Conservation district.....it would seem that if this is a tool for development, the lands which are likely to undergo significant development should be a part of this, not just the properties that are already developed?

    ksaunders asked about 2 months ago

    The Port Stanley Heritage Conservation District Committee determined that the harbour lands would be better protected and conserved through the Port Stanley Harbour Secondary Plan. Having the harbour lands included in both the Heritage Conservation District and the Harbour Secondary Plan would cause unnecessary overlap.  

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    How do I register to be a participant at the public meeting for the Port Stanley Conservation District Study? Why have I received nothing to date to notify me that this proposal has been resubmitted again when it affects me directly as a property owner?

    Hvanpatter asked about 2 months ago

    Written comments can be submitted to Dianne Wilson -dwilson@centralelgin.org

    Any written comments received for the January 20, 2021 meeting will be brought forward to the new meeting scheduled for February 10th, 2021.

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    Are these guidelines suggestions or mandatory?

    mgraham asked 4 months ago

    Currently the guidelines are suggestions only. The Heritage Conservation District Report is still under review by the steering committee and has yet to be adopted by Council. The policies and guidelines of the Heritage District are subject to change. Once the Heritage Conservation District Plan has been approved, policies will be considered mandatory and guidelines will be considered suggestions to be followed.   

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    was the HCD study (Section 4.7, New Building Construction) used, and to what effect, during the review and assessment of the development application by Prespa to erect multi-storey residential buildings on William Street and Edith Cavell Blvd.

    Ted Halwa asked 10 months ago

    Previous councils decided not to create a heritage conservation district. Property owners could opt to use guidelines and recommendations from the study with the development of their properties, however there is no requirement for property owners to do so.