Heritage Conservation District Study

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The Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville has initiated a heritage conservation district study for Stouffville under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act. The study area includes the historic core of the village and some adjacent areas, as shown below.

The Town has retained the consultant team of MHBC Planning, George Robb Architect and Wendy Shearer Landscape Architect to undertake this project.


Virtual Community Meeting

Please join us for a virtual community meeting as we discuss the ongoing work to study part of downtown Stouffville for potential designation as a heritage conservation district.

The meeting will be a chance to hear about recent work that the project team has undertaken, as well as to get an update on what steps remain as the project continues to unfold. Hope to ‘see’ you there!

Sign up at: heritageconservationdistrictstudy.eventbrite.ca


What is a heritage conservation district (HCD)?

A heritage conservation district is a collection of heritage resources that have a special character or association. Once created, municipalities can manage and guide future change in the area through adoption of a district plan with policies and guidelines for conservation, protection and enhancement of the area’s special character.





What is the process?

The process to establish a HCD is carried out in two phases:

  • The first phase is the HCD Study, which entails an analysis of the cultural heritage significance of the study area to determine if it, or a portion of it, should be a HCD.

This work involves researching the development of Stouffville and inventorying the properties, streetscapes and open spaces of the study area. This information will be compiled into a HCD Study Report, which will recommend a heritage conservation district boundary (if appropriate) for consideration by Whitchurch-Stouffville Council.

If Council endorses the HCD Study recommendations it would initiate the creation of a HCD Plan and Guidelines which would be the second phase. Developed through further community consultation, the HCD Plan would provide detailed implementation information to guide future conservation and development activities within the district.

The project team has begun initial work on the HCD Study phase of the project, and will soon be visiting the study area to take photos and create an inventory.


Community Consultation Process

The public consultation planned for this project includes community meetings / open houses, comment periods, and project feedback forms.

The first public open house will be scheduled for this fall, subject to Covid-19 restrictions (further details to be provided soon). This first event will provide an opportunity to meet the project team, review work completed to date and learn about the study process. We hope to see you there!


What’s next, and where do we go from here?

The general project timeline for the various components is as follows:

  • Summer/ Fall 2021: undertake background research, fieldwork, resource inventory, and policy review.
  • Fall 2021: present findings to community, prepare draft HCD Study report, and conduct additional fieldwork if necessary.
  • Winter 2021-2022: finalize report and recommendations, review with community, present to Council.





The Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville has initiated a heritage conservation district study for Stouffville under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act. The study area includes the historic core of the village and some adjacent areas, as shown below.

The Town has retained the consultant team of MHBC Planning, George Robb Architect and Wendy Shearer Landscape Architect to undertake this project.


Virtual Community Meeting

Please join us for a virtual community meeting as we discuss the ongoing work to study part of downtown Stouffville for potential designation as a heritage conservation district.

The meeting will be a chance to hear about recent work that the project team has undertaken, as well as to get an update on what steps remain as the project continues to unfold. Hope to ‘see’ you there!

Sign up at: heritageconservationdistrictstudy.eventbrite.ca


What is a heritage conservation district (HCD)?

A heritage conservation district is a collection of heritage resources that have a special character or association. Once created, municipalities can manage and guide future change in the area through adoption of a district plan with policies and guidelines for conservation, protection and enhancement of the area’s special character.





What is the process?

The process to establish a HCD is carried out in two phases:

  • The first phase is the HCD Study, which entails an analysis of the cultural heritage significance of the study area to determine if it, or a portion of it, should be a HCD.

This work involves researching the development of Stouffville and inventorying the properties, streetscapes and open spaces of the study area. This information will be compiled into a HCD Study Report, which will recommend a heritage conservation district boundary (if appropriate) for consideration by Whitchurch-Stouffville Council.

If Council endorses the HCD Study recommendations it would initiate the creation of a HCD Plan and Guidelines which would be the second phase. Developed through further community consultation, the HCD Plan would provide detailed implementation information to guide future conservation and development activities within the district.

The project team has begun initial work on the HCD Study phase of the project, and will soon be visiting the study area to take photos and create an inventory.


Community Consultation Process

The public consultation planned for this project includes community meetings / open houses, comment periods, and project feedback forms.

The first public open house will be scheduled for this fall, subject to Covid-19 restrictions (further details to be provided soon). This first event will provide an opportunity to meet the project team, review work completed to date and learn about the study process. We hope to see you there!


What’s next, and where do we go from here?

The general project timeline for the various components is as follows:

  • Summer/ Fall 2021: undertake background research, fieldwork, resource inventory, and policy review.
  • Fall 2021: present findings to community, prepare draft HCD Study report, and conduct additional fieldwork if necessary.
  • Winter 2021-2022: finalize report and recommendations, review with community, present to Council.



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