On September 30, 2015, City Council adopted staff recommendations to designate by by-law the area shown below as the West Annex Phase 1 (Madison Avenue) Heritage Conservation District and adopt the West Annex Phase 1 (Madison Avenue) Heritage Conservation District Part II: Plan, dated May 2015, as the district plan for the Madison Avenue Heritage Conservation District.
Final Staff Report- Intention to Designate the West Annex Phase 1 (Madison Avenue) Heritage Conservation District under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act
Attachment 1- Final HCD Boundaries
Attachment 2- West Annex Phase 1 (Madison Avenue) Heritage Conservation District Part I: Study
Attachment 3- West Annex Phase 1 (Madison Avenue) Heritage Conservation District Part II: Plan
Attachment 4- West Annex Phase 1 (Madison Avenue) Heritage Conservation District – Statement of District Significance
History and Significance of Madison Avenue
Madison Avenue, between Bloor Street West and Dupont Street, is significant as a major street within the West Annex (the residential neighbourhood established at the end of the 19th Century on the former Baldwin lands north of Bloor Street). Madison Avenue contains an important series of residential buildings that were designed in the major architectural styles of the era by renowned Toronto Architects, including Langley and Langley, F. H. Herbert, and E. J. Lennox (the Architect for Old City Hall).
Decision History- Heritage Conservation District Study & Plan
In 2004, the Annex Residents' Association initiated Phase I of a future West Annex Heritage Conservation District ("HCD"). This work commenced prior to amendments to the Ontario Heritage Act and City Council's endorsement of the City of Toronto's Heritage Conservation Districts in Toronto: Procedures, Policies and Terms of Reference (HCDs in Toronto) in 2012. Significant changes to the Ontario Heritage Act and the Provincial Policy Statement in 2005 prompted the City to develop a terms of reference for designation of HCDs in Toronto.
By the time a draft HCD study and plan for Madison Avenue was submitted in May 2010, the City had already initiated the development of a terms of reference for the study and planning of HCDs and was not in a position to designate new HCDs until its completion. Subsequent to Council adoption of HCDs in Toronto, City staff coordinated with the ARA and Catherine Nasmith Architect to revise the draft Madison Avenue HCD Study & Plan for consistency with the newly adopted policies. The City received a final draft of the ARA report in April 2015.
Staff undertook an internal review of the draft that resulted in some minor changes to the HCD Plan related to consistency of language (definitions and terms) with the City of Toronto's Official Plan and the HCDs in Toronto: Procedures, Policies and Terms of Reference. These changes have been incorporated in the district study as the West Annex Phase 1 (Madison Avenue) Heritage Conservation District Study & Plan. On April 13, 2015, City staff held a public meeting with area residents to discuss a draft of the HCD Study & Plan. The residents that attended the meeting were generally supportive of the district.