This is an archival photograph of two children on bikes circling a lamppost in Baby Point, taken in 1985
Street scene in Baby Point, 1985. Image from the City of Toronto Archives.

The Baby Point HCD Study was prioritized by City Council in March 2015 in consideration of its status as an Archaeologically Sensitive Area (ASA), a high number of development applications, and low degree of heritage protections. The HCD Study was recommended to provide an overall understanding of the area’s history and heritage character and to determine if an HCD would be an appropriate heritage planning tool.

The City Planning Division initiated the Baby Point HCD Study in March 2017 and retained a project team led by EVOQ Architecture with ASI Inc. (archaeology), Urban Strategies Inc. (planning) and Eric Wright (historian) to prepare the HCD Study report. The report included a comprehensive property inventory, historical research, character analysis, evaluation of the area’s heritage value and a review of the area’s existing planning framework to determine if the Study Area warrants designation as a Heritage Conservation District. The Heritage Conservation District Study and staff recommendation to proceed with developing a Heritage Conservation District Plan for the neighbourhood was presented to the Toronto Preservation Board on July 12, 2018.

The HCD Plan process was initiated in Spring 2021, and is anticipated to be completed within 12 months. This process will include the development of policies and guidelines to conserve the heritage value of the area, as well as community and stakeholder consultation. The final report will be presented to the Toronto Preservation Board, Community Council and City Council in Spring 2022.

The revised proposed Baby Point HCD  Area includes the Baby Point residential neighbourhood, located on the eastern banks of the Humber River north of Bloor Street West, generally accessed from Jane Street at Baby Point Road and Humberview Road, as shown on the map below.

Map of the proposed Baby Point HCD plan area. Catherine Street is in the South, and Jane Street on the East,

The Baby Point Heritage Conservation District Plan was initiated in Spring 2021 and is estimated to take one year to complete. Once complete, the study report and an accompanying staff report will be presented to the Toronto Preservation Board, Toronto and East York Community Council and City Council prior to designation.

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