Public Meeting: District Plan for Old Sydenham Heritage Area

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The City of Kingston is seeking the input of the public as a District Plan for the Old Sydenham Heritage Conservation District is prepared. This initiative is recommended in the City’s Official Plan. The document will guide all heritage approvals and may affect certain building and planning approvals within the proposed district.

The City will host a public meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. to obtain public input and to identify questions, concerns, and issues which should be addressed in the District Plan. The meeting will be held in the Wilson Room of the Central Branch of the Kingston Frontenace Public Library, 130 Johnson St. The lead consultant, Carl Bray, will provide a presentation at 7 p.m. to be followed by questions and answers.

“This area is known for its beautiful historic homes and buildings – many of which are featured on the City’s popular Historic Walking Tours. The District Plan of the area would allow the City to guide development in this area, while including policies and guidelines focused on conserving its historic character,” says Shirley Bailey, Manager, Heritage & Urban Design.


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The wedge-shaped area under consideration is generally bordered by Barrie Street, Johnson Street and King Street/Lake Ontario and is home to notable properties, including: McIntosh Castle, the Frontenac County Courthouse and the Martello Tower, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The public meeting will provide an overview of the Council-endorsed 2009 District Study which recommended the designation of the area as a Heritage Conservation District under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act.

Residents can also offer their input starting November 13 at CityofKingston.ca/OldSydenham. Online and written comments will be accepted until December 6, 2013.

Interested in this part of Kingston? Try a free Historic Walking Tour. If you plan to get there by bus, visit the City Trip Planner.