Kawartha Lakes - Economic Development
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Heritage Conservation District Studies


The City of Kawartha Lakes has commenced a process for recognizing the importance of historic places in the municipality. There are two pilot projects - one for the Kent Street corridor in downtown Lindsay and one for the Oak Street neighbourhood in Fenelon Falls - that involve studying these areas for potential designation as Heritage Conservation Districts. Ontario's unique Heritage Act gives municipalities the tools to better understand, conserve and enhance the heritage assets of their communities. Experience in similar communities across Ontario has shown that Heritage Conservation Districts offer many benefits to municipalities and their residents, from stimulating local economies to boosting property values. Most important, they clarify what local people value in their communities and provide tools to effectively manage changes in each District.

The City has engaged a consulting team of heritage planning experts to undertake studies in both project areas. The following is a summary of what the team, along with the City and local residents, has accomplished so far.

Downtown Lindsay and Oak Street, Fenelon Falls Heritage Conservation District Studies Adopted by Council and Approved to Move into Plan Development Phase

At the August 9th, 2016 City Council meeting, Council approved the Oak Street Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Study Council and on September 20th, 2016 approved the Downtown Lindsay Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Study. Both Studies confirmed that the areas have sufficient merit to become Designated Heritage Districts under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act.

Please feel free to review the first draft of the Heritage Conservation District Plan for Downtown Lindsay.  Comments or questions can be directed to Debra Soule, Economic Development Officer - Arts, Culture and Heritage, or you can attend a public meeting for the Downtown Lindsay HCD Plan that will be held at the Olympia on Kent Street in Lindsay on Thursday, April 13 from 8:00 am - 9:30 am.

A public meeting to review the Oak Street Draft HCD Plan will be held Wednesday, April 12 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm in the Rotary Room at the Fenelon Falls Community Centre. You are invited to review and comment on the first draft of the Oak Street Heritage Conservation District Plan.

Copies of the Draft Heritage Conservation District Plan for Downtown Lindsay can also be viewed at any of the City's Service Centres after April 3rd.

If you would like further information on consultation activities for either of the proposed heritage conservation districts, please contact:

Debra Soule
Economic Development Officer - Arts, Culture and Heritage
705 324 9411, extension 1498

Background Documents

Final Report for Oak Street in Fenelon Falls Study

Final Report for Downtown Lindsay Study

180 Kent St. W, Lindsay, OntarioK9V 2Y6
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