Overview: City-wide Heritage Survey Feasibility Study
A city-wide heritage survey is a pro-active, systematic study of properties within a municipality in order to identify sites with potential cultural heritage value according to a defined list of criteria. Currently, heritage surveys are completed as part of Heritage Conservation District studies or area planning studies. City Planning’s City-wide Heritage Survey Feasibility Study will take advantage of established international best practices, and make recommendations on how a city-wide heritage survey could be done in Toronto.
Beneficial outcomes of a city-wide heritage survey include
- community and civic pride and engagement
- pro-active planning
- geographic equity
- a diverse lens of community values
- informed policy and decision-making
- increased awareness of heritage
- encourage a culture of conservation
City Council identified the following key deliverables for the study:
- a jurisdictional scan of best practices in other jurisdictions such as Hamilton and Ottawa
- a system of prioritization for buildings and areas under threat of development
- an engagement plan to recruit and train local volunteers to assist in the survey, and to conduct public consultation
- an identification of costs associated with the survey, which would include an initial sweep of properties, list management, and ongoing operational costs
Planning: May-June 2018
- Research and development of a plan to conduct the feasibility study.
Research: July-September 2018
- This phase will be research driven, including internal consultation within City Planning to determine the full range of needs that a city-wide survey could fulfill, and identification of external stakeholders. This phase will also include fact gathering on methodologies, data management tools, timelines, and budgets for recently completed or underway City-wide surveys.
Analysis and Testing Options: October-January 2018
- This phase will include consultation with key external stakeholders, as well as consultation on the technical matter of heritage survey methodologies with a Heritage Survey Technical Advisory Panel composed of external heritage professionals.
Reporting: January-February 2019
- Staff will prepare a report with recommendations to Planning and Growth Management Committee.