Heritage Conservation District

What is a Heritage Conservation District?

The purpose of a Heritage Conservation District (HCD-OHA Part V) is not to prevent development, but to provide the community with tools to help appropriately manage change within a historic area.

Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Plan and Guideline Draft

The Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Plan and Guideline draft is being presented to Council.

The first reading of the Heritage Conservation District Plan and Guidelines, accompanied by a brief report and the consolidated table of comments received is scheduled for presentation at the virtual Council meeting to be held March 1, 2021 starting at 6:00 pm.

To participate electronically go to our Council and Meetings page.

No decision is being made at this Council meeting. Given the volume of information being presented Council will be doing a first reading of the report, consolidated comments and Heritage Conservation District Plan and Guidelines and will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide comments to staff.

Please find below links to the documents forming the HCD package being presented to Council:

The second, third and final reading and Council’s decision will be made at a future Council meeting. The date of the future Council meeting is to be determined based on comments and questions posed by Council to ensure adequate time to address all comments. Notice of the second Council meeting date, once known will be posted to this page and sent by email to those on the email circulation list for the HCD. If you are not already on the email list you can contact Alix Jolicoeur by phone at 613-443-3066 ext. 2311 or by email at alixjolicoeur@russell.ca to be added to the email list.

Any person may attend the Public Meeting and/or make written or verbal representation either in support of or in opposition to the proposed Heritage Conservation District.

All property owners within the proposed District and anyone on our HCD email list will be notified if a by-law is passed approving the proposed Heritage Conservation District. If any other individuals wish to be notified of the decision of the Corporation of the Township of Russell on the proposed Heritage Conservation District, you must make a written request to the Corporation of the Township of Russell, you can do so by emailing alixjolicoeur@russell.ca or by dropping off a written request attention of Alix Jolicoeur, Planner to 717 Notre-Dame Street, Embrun ON K0A 1W1.

If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the Corporation of the Township of Russell before the proposed Heritage Conservation District is adopted, the person or public body may not be entitled to appeal the decision of the Council of the Corporation of the Township of Russell to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal.

Contact for the HCD Process and/or Draft Plan and Guidelines

Please feel free to contact Alix Jolicoeur or Dominique Tremblay with any comments, questions or concerns regarding the Heritage Conservation District process and/or draft Plan and Guidelines.


History of the Heritage Conservation District Designation Study

The study of a potential Heritage Conservation District started on July 31, 2018, with a meeting of resident and commercial stakeholders. The discussion during the stakeholder meeting included a number of questions and responses, which are shared in the document below titled “Q & A – Heritage Conservation District Study Stakeholder meeting July 31, 2018.” The presentation from the stakeholder meeting is shared in the presentation titled “Presentation – Heritage Conservation District Study Stakeholder meeting, July 31, 2018.” 

The second public meeting held November 7, 2018 included a brief presentation on the work to date including the history and evolution of Russell Village, study area features, character areas and streetscapes and some preliminary potential Heritage Conservation District boundary options. The presentation was followed by group discussions on history and evolution, natural heritage and cultural heritage, and character areas and streetscapes. These group discussions served to inform the discussion of potential Heritage Conservation District boundary options.

The third public meeting held February 20, 2019 included a presentation of some additional historical information, the survey results and a summary of the draft Heritage Conservation District Study report. The presentation was followed by a comment and question period. The discussions following the presentation served to inform changes to the draft report.

Read the Heritage Conservation District Study Final Report. 

May 6, 2019, Council voted to ask staff to proceed with the next Phase of the Heritage District Conservation designation process – preparing a Heritage Conservation District Plan and Guidelines.

Virtual public meetings were held on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, Thursday July 9, 2020 and November 24, 2020. The virtual public meetings focused on presenting the work done to date on the draft HCD Plan and Guidelines including the framework and guiding principles, guidelines and the refined list of HCD objectives, Statement of Cultural Heritage Value and heritage attributes.

For more information or to request to receive email updates regarding the Heritage Conservation District Study please contact  Alix Jolicoeur or Dominique Tremblay.

 

Request More Information and Updates on the HCD Study

For more information or to request to receive email updates regarding the Heritage Conservation District Study please contact Alix Jolicoeur or Dominique Tremblay.

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Helpful Resources

Below are links to resources that may be helpful in understanding the Heritage Conservation District Study process, potential impacts and effectiveness of Heritage Conservation districts.

http://fr.russell.ca/cms/One.aspx?portalId=3709201&pageId=13557241