Heritage Conservation District Study for Downtown Peterborough - Meeting #2

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Peterborough, ON – An in-person public meeting on the Heritage Conservation District Study for Downtown Peterborough will be held at Market Hall, 140 Charlotte St., from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.

The City of Peterborough is considering creating a Heritage Conservation District to preserve the heritage features of the City’s historic downtown.

As the first step in the process, the City is doing a Heritage Conservation District Study for the downtown. Following the Study, a plan with guidelines for preserving the heritage features of the downtown would be created and go to City Council for its consideration for approval.

The Study will research and document the historic commercial core’s heritage character and assess its heritage resources. The information from the Study would be used to determine the suitability of a Heritage Conservation District designation for the area and other appropriate tools to preserve its heritage.

Historic areas or neighbourhoods form part of the City's evolution and identity. Their careful management and protection contributes to the quality of life for everyone in the community.

Heritage Conservation Districts are designated under the Ontario Heritage Act and are a valuable tool for guiding change and managing growth in a way that is sensitive to an area’s heritage and history of development.

The Heritage Conservation District Study includes:

  • A review and analysis of existing land use, zoning, planning and heritage policies
  • A survey and research of the historical, architectural and landscape features of the study area
  • An analysis of prevailing conditions (setbacks, building materials, tree canopy, height, etc.)
  • An evaluation of the downtown’s overall historic character

The meeting on May 17 is the second of two public consultation meetings. The first meeting was held on April 6, 2022 to give an overview of the Heritage Conservation District Study process, present initial findings about the heritage survey and research work to date, and provide an opportunity for the community to ask questions and provide feedback.

Learn more at https://www.connectptbo.ca/downtown-heritage

Before the area became known as Peterborough, it was called Nogojiwanong, which is the Anishinaabe word for “place at the end of the rapids.” Peterborough is the native territory of the Mississauga Anishinaabeg. It is home to many historic resources, buildings and landscapes. The commercial core of the downtown encompasses Jackson Creek, a place associated with traditional Indigenous use as well as a long history of European settlement. These architectural, commercial and industrial historic resources form part of the city's evolution and identity.