Werden's Plan Neighbourhood Heritage Conservation District

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Werden's Plan Neighbourhood Heritage Conservation District (HCD) has been approved by the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal and is now in place.

The Heritage Conservation District Plan for Werden's Plan Neighbourhood was developed through a collaborative process with input from residents, the community, advisory committees and staff.  The process resulted in the development of policies and guidelines that reflect both neighbourhood input and larger community goals.

Highlights of the Plan

  • The Plan is a framework for managing physical change to Werden’s Plan Neighbourhood over the long term. 
  • The Plan’s Goal is to preserve the neighbourhood’s small-town historic character.
  • The Plan’s policies do not prohibit redevelopment in the neighbourhood, but provide direction on how new construction and alterations should be undertaken.   
  • The Plan’s policies do not require property owners to undertake restoration projects.
  • The Plan provides a list of the types of proposals that are exempt from heritage permit review including routine exterior maintenance; interior alterations; painting of non-masonry surfaces; planting of trees, shrubs and other vegetation amongst a variety of other proposals.

Final Werden’s Neighbourhood HCD Plan

Werden's Plan HCD

*Should you require an accessible copy of any of the material, please contact the Town of Whitby Planning and Development department provided.

Downtown Whitby Heritage Conservation District Study

Downtown Whitby includes the largest number of significant heritage buildings in the Municipality.  These include residential dwellings, commercial and institutional structures.

Heritage district designation in Downtown Whitby would provide the community with an important tool for ensuring the integrity and sustainability of the area's unique cultural resources.

The intent of a Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Plan is to manage and guide future change in Downtown Whitby, through adoption of the plan with policies and design guidelines, which together seek to conserve, protect, and enhance the area's special character.

The study is conducted in two phases:

Phase One - To examine the heritage significance of properties across the Downtown Whitby Study Area and determine if the designation of a Heritage Conservation District within this area is warranted, desirable, and supported by the community.

Phase Two - If Council decides to proceed with the designation process, an HCD Plan must be prepared, pursuant to Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act for lands that are within the HCD area. 

Phase 1: Downtown Whitby HCD Study

Public Communication and Outreach:

Brooklin's Heritage Conservation District has been in place since 2008.  Since implementation, the community of Brooklin has undergone growth.  Brooklin's heritage district plan provides for new growth within the district while at the same time ensuring the "special small town and rural character" identified by the community in the Brooklin Study are conserved and enhanced. 

In determining support for a Whitby Heritage Conservation District, some members of the community have asked about whether the  Brooklin's Heritage Conservation District has been successful.

The following are examples of conservation in Downtown Brooklin including new buildings:

General Information

September 24th, 2013 Meeting:

 September 12th, 2013 Meeting:

Phase 1 Recommendation Report:

Public Information Session #2

Public Information Session #2 - January 23, 2012

Public Information Session #1

Public Information Session #1 - May 9, 2012

Break out Group Reporting, by Facilitator

Matters of Interest raised at the May 9, 2012 Public Information Session

Staff Reports 

Other Information of Interest


Contact Information

Email to Heritage
Phone: 905.430.4306
Voicemail Line: 905.430.4347
Fax: 905.668.7812