The Weston II Heritage Conservation District Study area is a residential neighbourhood with a collection of houses in a variety of architectural styles built from the mid-19th through the early 20th centuries located in the former Town of Weston.
The Weston II Heritage Conservation District Study is currently underway and the final study and staff recommendations will be presented to the Toronto Preservation Board upon completion in Spring 2021.
The Weston II Heritage Conservation District Study was authorized by City Council in June 2004 and prioritized by City Council in January 2018. The study was recommended to provide an overall understanding of the area’s history and heritage character and to determine if designation as a heritage conservation district would be an appropriate heritage planning tool for the area.
The City Planning Division initiated the Weston II Heritage Conservation District Study in Summer 2019. Heritage Planning staff will prepare the study report recommendation for consideration by the Toronto Preservation Board.
The study will build on work previously completed by the local community, and include a comprehensive property inventory, historical research, character analysis, evaluation of the area’s heritage value, and review of the area’s existing planning framework. The study process includes two public meetings, as well as the convening of a community advisory group to provide specific and detailed feedback on research, analysis and recommendations.
The study area is a residential neighbourhood generally bounded by the CNP/CPR Rail Corridor to the west, MacDonald Avenue to the south, Elm Street to the east and Church Street to the north.
The Weston II HCD Study was initiated by City Planning in June 2019, and is expected to be completed by Spring of 2020. The Study will determine whether to proceed with an HCD Plan. Once complete the HCD Study report and an accompanying staff report will be presented to the Toronto Preservation Board for endorsement, before proceeding to any future HCD Plan.
Staff will be proceeding with the following next steps:
Public meetings and community advisory group meetings are listed below. Material from the meetings, including presentations, display boards and meeting summaries, can be requested from Shelby Blundell, Heritage Planner.
The Community Consultation Meeting will be an open house format where you can drop by to meet the project team and gather information about heritage designation, discuss the study and ask questions. Come share your stories about living in the Weston II neighbourhood. Councillor Frances Nunziata will join us for this informative event.
The second Community Advisory Group meeting was held on November10, 2020. This meeting was held in a virtual format and the discussion was based on a package of materials (Part A) that were sent to the members in advance of the meeting (Part B) which was a guided discussion facilitated by LURA Consulting. The materials presented in the package included an update on the HCD Study schedule, a Revised Historical Context Statement, the Preliminary Survey Results Mapping and the discussion questions to guide the meeting on November 10. One to two more Community Advisory Group meetings will be held with this group throughout the HCD Study process, in addition to a Community Consultation with the larger community.
The first Community Advisory Group meeting was held in two parts on July 22 and August 10, 2020. These two meetings were held in a virtual format with the first meeting being for the purpose of staff and the facilitation consultant, LURA Consulting, to provide a presentation to the members. The second portion of the meeting held on August 10 was for the purposes of having a discussion based on questions presented by city staff. The materials presented and then discussed included the HCD Plan process, value criteria and an overview of the historic context of the area. Two more meetings will be held with this group throughout the HCD Study process.
An additional open house for the Weston II HCD Study was held on January 18, 2020 at Artscape Weston Common. This meeting was held due to the premature ending of the first open house meeting due to a facilities emergency. This meeting provided a further opportunity for community members to meet the project team, ask questions regarding the study process and provide feedback to inform the study. Material presented at the open house can be downloaded below:
The first open house for the Weston II HCD Study was held on November 4, 2019 at Artscape Weston Common. This meeting provided an opportunity for community members to meet the project team, ask questions regarding the study process and provide feedback to inform the study. Material presented at the open house can be downloaded below:
The meeting prematurely ended due to a facilities emergency at the venue. A further meeting will be rescheduled shortly to provide further opportunity to come and learn about the HCD Study process and provide feedback. A meeting notice will be mailed out in advance of this meeting, but if there are any comments or questions in the interim please contact Shelby Blundell, Heritage Planner at Shelby.Blundell@toronto.ca or 416-392-0516.
Study information, reports and publications will be listed below as they become available over the course of the Weston II Heritage Conservation District Study.
On May 18, 19 and 20, 2004 City Council authorized the Weston neighbourhood for study as a potential Heritage Conservation District.
On June 24, 2004 City Council approved the Weston Phase 1 HCD Plan, enacted through By-law 798-2006 on September 27, 2006. The corresponding HCD Plan for Weston Phase 1 divided the authorized study areas into 3 phases.
On March 31, April 1 and 2, 2015, City Council adopted the amended Council-approved prioritization system and criteria, as shown in Attachments 1A-6A to the report.
On January 15, 2018 the Planning and Growth Management Committee put forward a motion to review a proposed expansion to the study area to include the area bounded by Elm Street, Springmount Avenue, Macdonald Avenue, Pine Street and Church Street prior to commencing the Weston Phase 2 Heritage Conservation District Study. Staff were further requested to bring forward a study authorization report to revise the study area boundary should the area merit study as a heritage conservation district, no later than the first quarter of 2019.
The City Planning Division reviewed the proposed expanded boundary, and have determined that the study area should not be expanded beyond the area originally prioritized by City Council. Therefore, the HCD Study will be proceeding for the original prioritized Phase II area.
The Weston II Heritage Conservation District Study staff report will be submitted for review to the Toronto Preservation Board in Spring 2020.
The Weston II HCD Study is being completed in accordance with Heritage Conservation Districts in Toronto: Policies, Procedures and Terms of Reference as adopted by City Council.
Section 3.1.5 of the City of Toronto’s Official Plan includes policies that direct the City to identify, protect and conserve heritage conservation districts within the City.
The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport created the Guide to District Designation under the Ontario Heritage Act to inform the identification, study and implementation of heritage conservation districts in Ontario.
Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act allows municipalities to designate heritage conservation districts.