Cultural Heritage Evaluations for Heritage Lots located in the Seaton Urban Area

City Development, Report PLN 10-16
Cultural Heritage Evaluations for Heritage Lots located in the Seaton Urban Area

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To be discussed at the upcoming:

Planning & Development Committee Meeting – June 20, 2016 @ 7PM – Pickering City Hall 

Executive Summary:

The City issued a Request for Proposal to retain a qualified heritage consultant to undertake Cultural Heritage Property Evaluations for ten built heritage resources located in the Seaton Urban Area identified in Pickering Official Plan Amendment 22 with a “Heritage Lot” notation (see Location Map, Attachment #1 ). The properties are currently owned by the Province of Ontario and managed by the Infrastructure Ontario and Lands Corporation, with the exception of the property located at 3285 Sidel_ine 20, which is privately owned.

The property located at 615 Whitevale Road, was included in one of Infrastructure Ontario Class B Environmental Assessments for demolition. The heritage evaluation for the property was completed first and reported on at the September 2015 meeting of Council. At that meeting, Council endorsed the Heritage Pickering Advisory Committee recommendations opposing demolition and recommending designation of 615 Whitevale Road under Section 29 (Part IV) of the Ontario Heritage Act.

The City’s heritage consultant concludes that the remaining nine properties meet the criteria for determining cultural heritage value or interest under Ontario Regulation 9/06. Staff recognize individual property designation by municipalities do not apply to a property that is Provincially-owned.

However, given the significance of the buildings and that the properties meet the criteria for determining cultural heritage value or interest under Ontario Regulation 9/06, staff in consultation with the Heritage Pickering Advisory Committee, recommend to Council individual designations under Section 29 (Part IV) of the Ontario Heritage Act.

Additionally, given the significant of the former Whitevale school property at 3215 Whitevale Road, it is recommended that staff be authorized to: investigate the use of the property for a municipal purpose; enter into discussions with Infrastructure Ontario and the current tenant regarding the future ownership and use of the many artifacts associated to the former school; and report back to Council on these matters.

Recommendations:

  1. That Council endorse the recommendations of the Heritage Pickering Advisory Committee to designate the following properties under Section 29 (Part IV) of the Ontario Heritage Act: 3250 Sideline 28; 3215 Sideline 28; 750 Whitevale Road; 940 Whitevale Road; 3185 Sideline 26; 1125 Whitevale Road; 1200 Whitevale Road; 1390 Whitevale Road; and 3285 Sideline 20;
  2. That Council authorize staff to prepare the appropriate heritage materials, including notices and designating by-laws, and report back to Council at a future date;
  3. That, with respect to the former Whitevale school property located at 3215 Sideline 28, Council authorize staff: to investigate the use of the property for a municipal purpose once the tenant is no longer residing on the property; to enter into discussions with Infrastructure Ontario and the current tenant regarding the future ownership and use of the many artifacts associated to the former school; and to report back to Council on these matters;
  4. That Council authorize staff to prepare a reference plan to illustrate the appropriate size and configuration to retain the heritage context of the stone house located at 750 Whitevale Road;
  5. That Council request Infrastructure Ontario to manage the properties in compliance with the Standards & Guidelines for Conservation of Provincial Heritage properties; and
  6. That a copy of this Report and Council’s Resolution be forwarded to Infrastructure Ontario, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and the Whitevale and District Residents’ Association, and the owners of 3285 Sideline 20 (Francis and Jennifer Dempsey).
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