The Beeton Heritage Conservation District Plan

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Beeton Heritage Conservation District
OPEN HOUSE! 

When: Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

Session 1 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Session 2 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
(each session contains the same information)

Where: VIRTUAL MEETING (via Zoom)

Thank you, everyone for attending our Open House.

If you weren't able to make it, you can watch the Open House Sessions on the Town's Youtube.

The Open House discussed the information below.

Beeton Heritage conservation district plan map

 Purpose

Following Council approval of the Beeton Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Study in June 2018, which examined the heritage significance of the properties within a defined area of Downtown Beeton, the Town of New Tecumseth retained Fotenn Planning + Design, in collaboration with Archaeological Services Inc. (ASI) and Goldsmith Borgal & Company Ltd. Architects (GBCA) to undertake the second phase of the project and complete a HCD Plan. The purpose of this HCD Plan is to develop appropriate guidelines in collaboration with property owners and the public to ensure that Downtown Beeton’s historic character is maintained and celebrated as the Town continues to grow.

To read the Heritage Conservation District Study click here.

HCD Boundary

The proposed boundary of the HCD is a result of the information collected and analyzed as part of the Beeton HCD Study phase, including the community consultation process. Lands within the recommended boundary are centered on the historical and present day commercial core of Beeton and are comprised of transitional but cohesive mixed-use areas featuring a range of residential, institutional, and commercial properties on Main Street and Centre Street.  The HCD boundary was determined using criteria and definitions outlined by the Province of Ontario.

 Process

Building on extensive staff, project Steering Committee and public consultation process, the project will be completed in the following steps:

 Step 1 - Background Research and Analysis/Inventory of Contributing Vs. Non-Contributing Properties

Each property within the HCD Boundary was assessed against the key attributes of the district identified as part of the study first phase. Properties that represent one or more of the key attributes are considered “Contributing properties” as they contribute to the character of the HCD. 

“Supporting properties” are those properties that, while not representing a key attribute, have the potential to support the character of the HCD. Both contributing and supporting properties will be designated as part of the HCD under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act. Some of Beeton’s HCD attributes include:

  • Building and landscape features associated with D.A. Jones, Beeton’s agricultural history, or the period of prosperity in the early 1890s;

  • Landmark properties;
  • Historical downtown commercial streetscape;
  • Centre Street residential streetscape;
  • Mature trees along Centre Street and surrounding the fairgrounds;
  • Community and civic core; and,
  • Mature trees along Cente Street and open spaces.
 Step 2 - Draft Heritage Conservation District Plan

The Draft HCD Plan will provide a thorough examination of the findings of Step 1 and the following:

  • District Objectives, Policies and Guidelines

The Consulting Team will develop draft policies and guidelines that outline a number of approaches to ensure the unique heritage character of the HCD will be enhanced and the historic identity of Downtown Beeton will be maintained. These policies and guidelines will address potential alternatives to contributing and non-contributing properties, new developments and infill, as well as streetscapes and cultural landscapes.

  • Amendments to the Official Plan and Zoning By-law

To support and implement the Policies and Guidelines of the HCD Plan, the Consulting Team will propose required changes and amendments to the Official Plan and the Zoning By-law in order to strengthen the regulatory controls for conservation of heritage attributes of the HCD.

  • Implementation Recommendations

The Consulting Team will develop and recommend a series of implementation options and directions to implement the HCD Plan and supporting guidelines and policies.

 Step 3 - Final Heritage Conservation District Plan

The Consulting Team will revise the Draft HCD Plan, as necessary, to address comments received during the project consultation sessions and meetings and will prepare the final HCD Plan to be presented to Council for final approval.

 Consultation

Step I of the Plan began in February (2019). The first public consultation will be held at the end of spring (2019) to present the findings of Step 1 to the public and to introduce initial approaches to preserve the heritage character of the HCD.

Step II of the Plan will be completed by the end of summer (2019).  The second public consultation will be held during Step 2 (early September) to present and receive feedback on the findings of the project to-date and the components of the Draft HCD Plan.

Step III of the Plan will be completed and the final HCD Plan will be presented to Council in fall (2019).

 HCD Guideline Elements

The HCD Plan and guidelines will provide for a number of approaches and mechanisms to ensure the unique heritage character of the District will be enhanced and the historic identity of Downtown Beeton will be maintained. These guidelines will address the alteration and addition to street fronting and side facades for all contributing properties and overall building size, treatment of public realm and facade treatments for supporting properties.

Below is a brief description of the design elements outlined for all Contributing and Supporting properties as well as the district’s streetscapes and central civic core.

 1. Guiding Principles for Contributing Residential Properties

Contributing Residential properties are properties which have buildings that were originally built for use as a home for individuals residing in Beeton. Residential properties may currently or in the future be used for other purposes or a mix of purposes. The residential properties within the Beeton HCD are primarily located along Centre Street while there are a few along Main Street at the east and west ends of the commercial core.

Statement of Objectives

Primarily, the guiding objectives for the Beeton HCD as they relate to Contributing Residential properties include to:

  • Retain, conserve and enhance existing buildings and structures that contribute to the heritage character and appearance of the HCD and,
  • Maintain Centre Street’s stately nineteenth-century residential character, including mature tree canopy and lotting patterns.

Policies and Guidelines

Beeton’s conservation policies and guidelines provide direction on the maintenance, alteration, addition and conservation of the front facing facades of Contributing Residential properties.

Key conservation guidelines for Contributing Residential properties integral to the conservation of Beeton’s HCD character include but are not limited to the elements illustrated below graphic.

 2. Guiding Principles for Contributing Mixed-Use and Institutional Properties

Contributing Mixed-Use & Institutional Properties are properties which have buildings that were originally built for commercial, institutional or a mix of uses.

Non-residential properties may currently or in the future be used for other purposes or a mix of purposes. These buildings comprise Beeton’s downtown commercial core and are primarily located along Main Street West. Institutional buildings are also located on Centre Street.

Statement of Objectives

Primarily, the guiding objectives for the Beeton HCD as they relate to Contributing Mixed-Use & Institutional properties include strategies to:

  • Retain, conserve and enhance existing buildings and structures that contribute to the heritage character and appearance of the HCD and,
  • Enhance the intersection of Centre Street and Main Street and the properties directly adjacent to the intersection as a gateway into Beeton, conserving significant buildings at this intersection.

Policies and Guidelines

Beeton’s conservation policies and guidelines provide direction on the maintenance, alteration, addition and conservation of the front facing facades of Contributing Mixed-Use & Institutional properties.

Key conservation guidelines for Contributing Mixed Use and Institutional properties  integral to the conservation of Beeton’s HCD character include but are not limited to the elements illustrated below graphic.

 3. Guiding Principles for Supporting Properties

Supporting properties are properties which may have one or more buildings, be vacant or be used for parking. These properties do not directly represent a heritage value or attributes of the HCD but have the potential to support the character of the HCD should the properties be altered or constructed upon.

Statement of Objectives

Primarily, the guiding objectives for the Beeton HCD as they relate to Supporting properties include strategies to:

  • Enhance the intersection of Centre and Main Street and the properties directly adjacent to the intersection as a gateway into Beeton, emphasizing a high quality of design and architectural excellence and sensitivity to streetscape and context on properties proposed for redevelopment or infill.
  • Implement policies and guidelines for new development within the HCD to ensure that the historical integrity and identified cultural heritage values that express this history are not adversely affected or impacted by new forms and types of development.
  • Implement policies and guidelines for new development within the HCD to ensure new development is compatible with the character of the HCD, paying particular attention to massing, setbacks, scale, and materials.
  • Implement alteration and infill guidelines that effectively communicate the periods of significance that express Beeton’s unique character qualities.

Policies and Guidelines

Beeton’s conservation policies and guidelines provide direction on the alteration, addition and new construction of the street facing facades and associated building massing of all Supporting properties.

Key conservation guidelines for Supporting properties  integral to the conservation of Beeton’s HCD character include but are not limited to the elements illustrated below graphic.

 4. Guiding Principles for Public Realm

The public realm is the space that belongs to everyone and consists of the places that can be accessed by community members and visitors and are available without charge. These places can include open spaces, streetscapes and civic buildings. The Beeton HCD public realm is comprised of identified streetscapes along Main Street West, Centre Street and Second Street.

The Civic Core consists of the Fairgrounds (under ownership of the Agricultural Society), the D.A. Jones Library, Beeton Community Memorial Centre arena, Beeton Cenotaph, and park.

In combination, these public buildings, streets and open spaces create a link between historic properties and buildings and play a significant role in the heritage character of Beeton.

Statement of Objectives

Primarily, the guiding objectives for the Beeton HCD as they relate to Supporting properties include strategies to:

  • Implement alteration and infill guidelines that effectively communicate the periods of significance that express Beeton’s unique character qualities,
  • Maintain and enhance the streetscapes along Centre Street and Main Street as unique and integral components of Beeton’s historical development, and
  • Maintain the mature tree canopy along Centre Street and surrounding the Fairgrounds.

Policies and Guidelines

Beeton’s conservation policies and guidelines provide direction on the maintenance, alteration, addition, conservation and new construction of Beeton’s HCD Public Realm and Village Core.

Key conservation guidelines for the Public Realm and Civic Core  integral to the conservation of Beeton’s HCD character include but are not limited to the elements illustrated below graphic.

 
HCD Implementation - Heritage Permit System (DRAFT - For discussion purposes only)

The purpose of the Heritage Permit process is to ensure that all alteration and development proposals are considered in terms of their impact on the District’s cultural heritage value and character.

The Town is in the process of developing a heritage permit system to manage alteration permits for properties designed under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act. 

Proposals will be reviewed and evaluated against the HCD’s Statement of Objectives, Statement of Cultural Heritage Values and District significance and Architectural Styles noted in the guidelines.

Proposed alterations or developments will be evaluated by staff to determine if the proposed works require a permit and further if it requires Council approval.

The following flow chart summarizes the proposed draft process and the various streams in which an application could fall under. To view the DRAFT flow chart, click here.

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