Heritage Conservation District

Heritage Conservation District

The purpose of a Heritage Conservation District (HCD-OHA Part V) is not to prevent development, but to provide the community with tools to help appropriately manage change within a historic area.


The Heritage Conservation District Plan (HCD) and Guideline development phase is underway and we want your feedback.


Virtual Meeting on Thursday, July 9, 2020

The community is invited to attend a virtual public meeting on Thursday, July 9, 2020 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The meeting will be held using Zoom.

To register and join the public meeting please use the following link:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PssVKqp0T_KCheLvElnJFw

The virtual public meeting will focus on presenting the work done to date on the draft HCD Plan and Guidelines including the framework and guiding principles, and all of the guidelines. The draft being presented is an almost complete draft that we want to share with you to get important feedback before we finalize the draft to be presented to Council in August.

We will be posting the presentation and draft HCD plan and guideline documents here the day before the meeting.

Unfortunately, the draft will not be available earlier as we will be working as long as we can on making sure the draft is as complete as possible. Don't worry we will still be answering questions and accepting comments on the draft until July 17, 2020. This deadline for comments is just to make sure we have enough time to incorporate comments into the draft before it is presented to Council in August.

Please feel free to contact Alix Jolicoeur (alixjolicoeur@russell.ca) or Dominique Tremblay (dominiquetremblay@russell.ca) with any comments, questions or concerns regarding the Heritage Conservation District process and/or draft Plan and Guidelines.


Contact for the Heritage Conservation District process and/or draft Plan and Guidelines

Please feel free to contact Alix Jolicoeur (alixjolicoeur@russell.ca) or Dominique Tremblay (dominiquetremblay@russell.ca) with any comments, questions or concerns regarding the Heritage Conservation District process and/or draft Plan and Guidelines.




History of the Heritage Conservation District Designation Study

The study of a potential Heritage Conservation District commenced on July 31, 2018, with a meeting of resident and commercial stakeholders. The discussion during the stakeholder meeting included a number of questions and responses, which are shared in the document below titled “Q & A – Heritage Conservation District Study Stakeholder meeting July 31, 2018.” The presentation from the stakeholder meeting is shared in the presentation titled “Presentation – Heritage Conservation District Study Stakeholder meeting, July 31, 2018.” 

The second public meeting held November 7, 2018 included a brief presentation on the work to date including the history and evolution of Russell Village, study area features, character areas and streetscapes and some preliminary potential Heritage Conservation District boundary options. The presentation was followed by group discussions on history and evolution, natural heritage and cultural heritage, and character areas and streetscapes. These group discussions served to inform the discussion of potential Heritage Conservation District boundary options.

The third public meeting held February 20, 2019 included a presentation of some additional historical information, the survey results and a summary of the draft Heritage Conservation District Study report. The presentation was followed by a comment and question period. The discussions following the presentation served to inform changes to the draft report.

Read the Heritage Conservation District Study Final Report. 

On May 6, 2019 Council voted to ask staff to proceed with the next Phase of the Heritage District Conservation designation process – preparing a Heritage Conservation District Plan and Guidelines.

A fourth public meeting was held virtually on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The virtual public meeting was recorded and can be viewed at the following link:

You can also review a PDF version of the presentation from Tuesday, May 12, 2020, a typed version of the questions and answers from the public meeting and the draft HCD Plan and Guidelines Documents below.

The virtual public meeting focused on presenting the work done to date on the draft HCD Plan and Guidelines including the framework and guiding principles, some guidelines and the refined list of HCD objectives, Statement of Cultural Heritage Value and heritage attributes.



More Information and Email Updates

For more information or to request to receive email updates regarding the Heritage Conservation District Study please contact Alix Jolicoeur at alixjolicoeur@russell.ca or Dominique Tremblay at dominiquetremblay@russell.ca. 

Helpful Resources

Below are links to resources that may be helpful in understanding the Heritage Conservation District Study process, potential impacts and effectiveness of Heritage Conservation districts.

http://fr.russell.ca/cms/One.aspx?portalId=3709201&pageId=13557241