Plan and Guideline Draft

The deadline to send your comments to Dominique Tremblay is by 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. 

The Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Plan and Guideline draft is open for final comments. As per Council direction, a letter was sent on April 8, 2021 to all the property owners inside the proposed HCD. Residents are encouraged to review the latest revised proposed Plan and Guidelines and Individual Property Evaluations (below). Submit your comments on specific sections of the report or provide additional information on your individual property evaluation to Dominique Tremblay by 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. 

What is a 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.

If you are not already on the email list you can contact Dominique Tremblay by email or by phone at 613-443-3066 ext. 2317 to be added to the email list to receive updates on this topic. 

All property owners within the proposed District and anyone on our HCD email list will be notified if a by-law is passed approving the proposed Heritage Conservation District. If any other individuals wish to be notified of the decision of the Corporation of the Township of Russell on the proposed Heritage Conservation District, you must make a written request to the Corporation of the Township of Russell, you can do so by emailing Dominique Tremblay or by dropping off a written request attention of Dominique Tremblay, Director of Planning to 717 Notre-Dame Street, Embrun ON K0A 1W1.

If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the Corporation of the Township of Russell before the proposed Heritage Conservation District is adopted, the person or public body may not be entitled to appeal the decision of the Council of the Corporation of the Township of Russell to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal.

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Contact for the HCD Process and/or Draft Plan and Guidelines

Please feel free to contact Dominique Tremblay with any comments, questions or concerns regarding the Heritage Conservation District process and/or Plan and Guidelines.


History of the Heritage Conservation District Designation Study

The study of a potential Heritage Conservation District started 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.

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.

Virtual public meetings were held on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, Thursday July 9, 2020 and November 24, 2020. The virtual public meetings focused on presenting the work done to date on the draft HCD Plan and Guidelines including the framework and guiding principles, guidelines and the refined list of HCD objectives, Statement of Cultural Heritage Value and heritage attributes.

The first reading of the Heritage Conservation District Plan and Guidelines, accompanied by a brief report and the consolidated table of comments received was presented at the virtual Council meeting held March 1, 2021. No decision was made at this Council meeting. Questions and comments were received from Council and members of the public which have been added to the consolidated table of comments and addressed in the draft Plan and Guidelines as noted in the table of comments.

The second reading of the Heritage Conservation District Plan and Guidelines, a brief report, and the consolidated table of comments was presented at the virtual Council meeting on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

For more information or to request to receive email updates regarding the Heritage Conservation District Study please contact Dominique Tremblay.

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2020

2019

  • Presentation at the Public Meeting on February 20, 2019

2018

  •  Presentation at the Public Meeting on November 7, 2018
  •  Questions and Answers at the Stakeholder Meeting on July 31, 2018
  •  Presentation at the Stakeholder Meeting on July 31, 2018 

 2015

  • Preliminary Heritage Evaluations Report 2015

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.

Request More Information and Updates on the HCD Study

For more information or to request to receive email updates regarding the Heritage Conservation District Study please contact Dominique Tremblay.