Downtown Whitby includes the largest number of significant heritage buildings in the Municipality. These include residential dwellings, commercial and institutional structures.
Heritage district designation in Downtown Whitby would provide the community with an important tool for ensuring the integrity and sustainability of the area's unique cultural resources.
The intent of a Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Plan is to manage and guide future change in Downtown Whitby, through adoption of the plan with policies and design guidelines, which together seek to conserve, protect, and enhance the area's special character.
The study is conducted in two phases:
Phase One - To examine the heritage significance of properties across the Downtown Whitby Study Area and determine if the designation of a Heritage Conservation District within this area is warranted, desirable, and supported by the community.
Phase Two - If Council decides to proceed with the designation process, an HCD Plan must be prepared, pursuant to Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act for lands that are within the HCD area.
*The Town is currently conducting Phase One of the Study.
Phase 1 - FINAL Recommendation Report
Werden's Plan Neighbourhood District
Phase 1 Public Communications and Public Outreach
Brooklin Heritage Conservation District Case Studies
Brooklin's Heritage Conservation District has been in place since 2008. Since implementation, the community of Brooklin has undergone growth. Brooklin's heritage district plan provides for new growth within the district while at the same time ensuring the "special small town and rural character" identified by the community in the Brooklin Study are conserved and enhanced.
In determining support for a Whitby Heritage Conservation District, some members of the community have asked about whether the Brooklin's Heritage Conservation District has been successful.
The following are examples of conservation in Downtown Brooklin including new buildings:
September 24th, 2013 Meeting
September 12th, 2013 Meeting
- Notice of Meeting
- Survey to determine community support for the Town exploring development of a Heritage Conservation District Plan for the Werden's Plan Neighbourhood
- Newsletter summarizing results of the September 12th, 2013 meeting
Phase 1 Recommendation Report
Public Information Session #2
Public Information Session #2 - January 23, 2012
Public Information Session #1
Public Information Session #1 - May 9, 2012
Break out Group Reporting, by Facilitator
Matters of Interest raised at the May 9, 2012 Public Information Session
Other Information of Interest
Planning for Historic Areas - Prepared by Paul Dilse, Heritage Planning Consultant and Maria McDonnell, Manager of Downtown Development, Experience Our Downtowns Spring & Summer 2012
Heritage Conservation Districts - A Guide To District Designation Under the Ontario Heritage Act
Heritage Districts Work! - Prepared by The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario
Heritage Designation and Property Values: Is there an Effect? - Prepared by Robert Shipley, University of Waterloo
Downtown Whitby Community Improvement Plan, 2004
CAUSE Report, 1999
Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
Insurance and Heritage Properties
Façade Improvement Grant Program
Heritage Tax Rebate Program
Email to Heritage
Voicemail Line: 905.430.4347
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