Heritage Conservation Districts (HCDs) are an important and powerful part of the heritage planning framework in Ontario and the City of Toronto. They serve to ensure that historically significant neighbourhoods and areas are protected and reflect Toronto as a place and people through their cultural heritage values and characteristics. HCDs are maintained so that every Torontonian, present and future, can appreciate and take pride in the City’s rich cultural heritage
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A Heritage Conservation District (HCD) is an area of the city that is protected by a municipal by-law passed under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act (OHA), by City Council.
Heritage Conservation Districts ensure that the significance and character of areas with cultural heritage value are protected and conserved in the long term by managing change to the resources within it.
Nominating a potential Heritage Conservation District is the first step to seeking HCD designation for a neighbourhood or area.
To define the significance of a potential Heritage Conservation District, the City has established cultural heritage value and integrity criteria
The built form and landscape survey is a non-evaluative record used to collect basic data about properties, resources, landscape, design features, and groupings of resources prior to the determination of the significance of a district or its resources.
On March 6, 2012, Toronto City Council adopted the new document Heritage Conservation Districts in Toronto: Procedures, Policies and Terms of Reference for the nomination, studying and planning of HCDs in the City.
On August 16th, 2012 City Council approved the Toronto Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Study Prioritization Report.
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