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Recommended Heritage Conservation District Plan for Old Sydenham area to be presented

November 17, 2014 -

A Recommended District Plan for the Old Sydenham Heritage Conservation District will be presented for public feedback at a meeting on Monday, Dec. 1.  The meeting is set for 6 p.m. (presentation to begin at 6:30 p.m.) in the Delahaye Room at the Central Branch of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library at 130 Johnson St.  

"This Plan celebrates the wealth of built heritage we enjoy in this beautiful area and ensures that it is conserved for the enjoyment of future generations of Kingstonians and Canadians," says Paige Agnew, Director of Planning and Development Department. 

The Recommended District Plan outlines the cultural value of the District and its properties. The Plan provides policies, guidelines and procedures for achieving the objectives, and describes alterations that will and will not require a heritage permit.

The Plan can be viewed at the office of Bylaw Consolidation, City Hall, 216 Ontario St., 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday (contact Shirley Bailey, Manager of Bylaw Consolidation at 613-546-4291, ext. 3253). A copy of the Recommended District Plan 2014 will be available on the City website www.CityofKingston.ca/getinvolved prior to the public meeting.

Written comments may be sent to the Planning and Development Department at 216 Ontario St., Kingston, ON K7L 2Z3 or e-mail: heritage@cityofkingston.ca

This initiative, recommended in the City's Official Plan, will guide all heritage approvals in the area and may affect certain building and planning approvals within the proposed district.

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 District Plan helps secure the designation of the area as a Heritage Conservation District under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act.

Interested in this part of Kingston?  Try a free Historic Walking Tour: www.CityofKingston.ca/walkingtours

Plan to get there by bus: www.CityofKingston.ca/tripplanner

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The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 120,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Our vision – to become Canada's most sustainable city – focusses our efforts on: environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality. Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Media Relations Officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116. Or call Communications at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.