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Beeton Heritage Conservation District Study

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Public Information workshop Presentation (November 23rd, 2017) (PDF)

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The Town of New Tecumseth has launched a Heritage Conservation District Study for Downtown Beeton. The purpose of the study is to examine the heritage significance of properties in a defined area and determine if designation of a Heritage Conservation District (HCD) within this area is warranted, desirable, and supported by the community.

The area under assessment is defined by Dayfoot Street to the west, Prospect Street to the north, Patterson Street to the east and Main Street to the south.


What is a Heritage Conservation District?

A Heritage Conservation District is a defined geographical area within a municipality that is protected under a local bylaw to ensure that its existing heritage character is conserved, even as change and development occurs. This heritage character may be defined by the variety of buildings in the district and how they are connected to the history of the town’s development, as well as features like trees, landscapes, roads, and even local events and traditions.

It is important to note the current HCD study phase does not result in the designation of a Heritage Conservation District.  As noted above, this HCD study phase simply evaluates the preliminary area, and if merited, proposes an HCD boundary for Council’s consideration.

HCD designation enables municipal Council to manage and guide future change in a specified area through identification of policies and guidelines for conservation and enhancement of the area’s special character.

Assessment of Heritage Conservation District designations in other municipalities has highlighted numerous benefits:

  • StreetEnhancement of a community’s unique character and sense of place;
  • Increased tourism;
  • Attraction and retention of stable businesses; and,
  • Properties with HCD’s demonstrate average to above-average property value appreciation relative to comparable properties without such designations.

The Process:

To undertake this important Study, the Town of New Tecumseth has retained Archeological Services Inc. (ASI) and SGL Planning and Design.  Some of the principal tasks involved in the study include:

  • Old StreetReview of land use policy and historical research to gain an understanding of the various historical events, themes, and processes that have shaped the study area.
  • Interviews with property owner groups to discuss concerns and wishes of property owners relative to conservation objectives and change in the study area.
  • To facilitate two public workshops in November 2017 and March 2018. The goal of the first workshop is to introduce the consultant team and the HCD process and legislation.  The goal of the second workshop will be to solicit input on the key events, locations, sites and/or grouping of resources that are particularly significant to the public realm and the community and key study recommendations.  Notices for both workshops will be advertised in the Alliston Herald and New Tecumseth Times.  You can also check back on this web site close to the date for further information on both workshops.
  • To conduct a Character Analysis and Evaluation of the study area to determine if the area functions as a cohesive whole, where the sum is more significant than individual parts and is considered appropriate for protection as one Heritage Conservation District.
  • If the area is deemed a district, a boundary of the HCD will be proposed as appropriate. The boundary will be determined based on a number of criteria such as: historical factors, visual factors, physical features, and legal or planning factors.

Bee CarvingWe need your input!

To help the Study’s process, we invite you to get involved in determining Beeton’s heritage and special character. Your input will help:

  • identify the community’s heritage resources. What are Beeton’s defining buildings, traditions, stories, events, and gathering spaces?
  • identify what makes Beeton unique and different; and,
  • identify the best strategy to protect Beeton’s  character as it welcomes change and growth.

How to Connect:

Please make sure to check on this page for future notices and updates.

Frequently Asked Questions About Heritage Conservation Districts 

  1. Will Town Hall tell me what colour to paint my door?

No. Routine maintenance such as painting and interior alterations generally do not require heritage review within most districts.  Some exterior alterations and additions will require a permit, but these guidelines will be developed in collaboration with property owners and other stakeholders.  

  1. Will I be forced to restore my property to some fixed time in the past?

No. Buildings from a variety of time periods are present in a dynamic district. No one is forced to restore their property. The focus is on maintaining the heritage features each property has at the time the district is enacted. Guidelines and advice on how to do this will be offered to property owners.

  1. Will a Heritage Conservation District raise my insurance premium?

No. Some insurance companies charge more for older buildings, but being within a Heritage Conservation District should not increase premiums.  Usually a variety of other factors such as outdated wiring and old heating systems found in older buildings cause insurance companies to increase insurance premiums.

  1. Will a Heritage Conservation District lower my property’s value?

Not likely. A study by The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (2009) indicates that real estate sales values in Heritage Conservation Districts generally rise more consistently than surrounding areas. They also tend to resist downturns in the real estate market better than non-designated properties.

  1. Will a Heritage Conservation District freeze the area and prevent change and development?

No. Heritage Conservation Districts are not frozen in time.  District guidelines and policies are meant to help manage changes that are inevitable in a dynamic, vibrant town.  Any potential change in an HCD is processed through the municipality’s heritage permit process.

  1. Where are other Heritage Conservation Districts located in Ontario?
  • There are 125 Heritage Conservation Districts (HCDs) in Ontario
  • Over 45 Ontario municipalities have at least one HCD
  • The first HCD was designated in 1980 in Meadowvale Village (now part of Mississauga)
  • Examples of towns with HCDs in their downtowns:
    • Orangeville
    • Cookstown
    • Collingwood
    • Newmarket
    • Meaford
    • Port Perry

For more information, please contact Katie Huddleston, Museum & Heritage Supervisor at 705-435-4030 x1805 or