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Old Mill Heritage Conservation District Development

On June 23, 2020, Council initiated a Heritage Conservation District Study for the Old Mill neighbourhood in Lindsay. This page is intended to provide information about the ongoing study process and on heritage conservation districts in general. It will be updated throughout the study to reflect its current stage.

Heritage Conservation Districts (HCDs) are areas protected by a by-law passed under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act. HCDs are usually groups of buildings or structures, such as neighbourhoods, which have a unique historic character. District designations are put in place to help conserve and enhance historic areas, guide future development so that it has a positive impact on local areas, and help maintain a sense of place and pride in our unique neighbourhoods and communities in Kawartha Lakes.

There are two steps required to designate an HCD in Ontario. The first is a heritage conservation district study which examines the history of the area and its buildings and structures. The study makes recommendations as to whether the area should be designated as a district and what its boundaries should be. The study usually takes about a year from the time it is initiated by Council. If the study recommends designating the area as a district, the second step is a heritage conservation district plan. The plan is developed, in consultation with the local community, and includes design guidelines, policies for growth and development, and recommendations about heritage permits.

The Old Mill area is currently undergoing the study phase. The draft study is scheduled for completion in summer 2022.

The public meetings are completed and surveys for this project are now closed as the study nears completion. We would like to thank everyone who participated and provided information and feedback for the study.


 Steps to Designate an HCD


Initial Identification

An area is identified as a potential heritage conservation district by staff, members of the community, or the Municipal Heritage Committee. Preliminary research is conducted to determine if the area has potential for designation, such as identifying if the area has a concentration of historic properties or buildings with specific architectural interest.

Municipal Heritage Committee Recommendation

The Municipal Heritage Committee makes a recommendation to Council to begin an HCD study in a defined geographic area.

Council Approval

Council approves the MHC recommendation and directs staff to begin the HCD study.

HCD Study Phase (9-12 months)

The HCD study begins. The identified study area is examined for its architectural, historical, and contextual merit. Researchers look for important historical stories, architecture, and development patterns that define the local area. Boundaries for a potential HCD are identified which may or may not be the same as the study area depending on the findings of the visual property surveys and research.

Public Consultation (throughout Study Phase)

At the beginning of the study phase, notices are circulated and property owners in the area are notified. Public meetings and surveys are held to solicit input and involve the local community. Community members are invited to provide input and information to staff to help with the study.

Study Complete

The study is completed and presented to Council. It makes recommendations about whether the study area should be designated, what features are important, and what the boundaries should be. Based on the recommendations in the study, Council may choose to proceed with a district plan using the boundaries recommended by the study.

Plan Phase (6-9 months)

The plan phase begins. An overall plan is created which will direct future growth and development in the area. It includes overall policy statements an design guidelines for construction.

Public Consultation (throughout Plan Phase)

At the beginning of the plan phase, public notices are circulated and property owners in the area are notified. Public meetings are held to solicit input and involve the local community. Community members are asked to think about how they want to see their community evolve to help develop the plan. A draft plan is presented to the community for input.

Plan Complete and Designation

The plan is complete and presented to Council for approval. Council passes a by-law to designate the district. Notices are circulated to the Ontario Heritage Trust and property owners. The area is now designated as a district. Development and growth in the area are guided by the district plan.

Study Area

The study area is a primarily residential neighbourhood to the east of downtown Lindsay and west of the Scugog River. It is bounded to the west by Lindsay Street South, to the south by Durham Street East and to the north and east by the Scugog River.

Map of Old Mill Study boundary

 Study Area FAQs


Why was this area chosen for an HCD study?

The area was chosen for an HCD study because it was requested by members of the local neighbourhood. Staff received the request and undertook some preliminary research to see if the area was suitable for a study. Staff found that the area is one of the oldest residential areas of Lindsay and has a large concentration of historic properties which make it suitable for a study and potentially future designation as an HCD.

Staff presented the recommendation that a study be undertaken to the Municipal Heritage Committee and Council and the recommendation was approved.

How were the boundaries for the study determined?

The boundaries for this study are the southwestern quadrant of the 1828 Purdy Land Grant, a large piece of property that was granted to William Purdy who built the first saw and grist mills in Lindsay. This is the oldest part of Lindsay and has defined boundaries on all four sides: Lindsay Street South, Durham Street East, and the Scugog River (on two sides).

Although there are definitely properties in the study are which are newer, the study boundaries were established as a rectangular area to make sure that all potential properties for a future HCD were captured in the study and for ease of study.

Will the entire area become a heritage conservation district?

One of the goals of the heritage conservation district study is to determine the boundaries of a future HCD which often excludes properties which are newer or do not fit with the historic trends and architectural patterns that are prevalent in the neighbourhood. Because of the diversity of properties in the area, it is likely that the boundary of a future HCD will not be the same as the boundary of the study area.

Why are there some properties on Lindsay Street South excluded from the study area?

There are three properties on Lindsay Street South which are exclude from the study boundaries. They have been excluded because they are already designated as part of the Downtown Lindsay Heritage Conservation District and properties cannot be included in multiple HCDs.


Engagement and Community Meetings

Public engagement is an important part of the designation of a heritage conservation district because it help answers questions you might have about district designation and allows you to identify and protect the things about your neighbourhood that are important to your community. You are encouraged to get involved in the study process, especially if you live in the Old Mill area. We are looking for input on the study development and about the history of the study area and the buildings within it.

Please be aware that in an effort to continue physical distancing and keep our community safe, we will be holding many of our community engagement activities online. If you are not able to access online materials, please contact us for alternate formals. Information about our public engagement sessions, resources, surveys and more will be posted below for you to access. Check back often as this page will be updated regularly as the study progresses.

 Community Meetings

We will be conducting community meetings throughout the study process. All residents, property owners, and business owners are invited to attend and participate in community meetings to ask questions and provide feedback on the study. Community meetings are your opportunity to help shape the future development of your neighbourhood. Information about the time, date, and location of public meetings will be posted here as they are scheduled.

Materials, including video recordings, from the community meetings will be posted on Jump In for you to access throughout the study process.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to continue social distancing for the safety of both members of the public and our staff, we will be holding some of our community meetings and engagement sessions online. We will be facilitating these in such a way that community members can join both by video and by phone. If you are not able to access these virtual meetings, please contact us so that we can provide the material for you in an alternative format.

Our first community meetings were held on August 8 and August 13, 2020. Recordings of the sessions are available on Jump In. Public meetings were also held March 26 and March 27, 2022.


The public meetings for this project have now been completed.

 Jump In and Surveys

We are using our Jump In platform to undertake surveys and gather information which will inform the development of the HCD study. You are invited to participate in our surveys and provide information on the history of your property or the area at any time throughout the study process. Information about local properties and the neighbourhood helps provide a fuller picture of the history of the area. 


A number of surveys were available throughout the study process for public feedback. As the study is now nearing completion, these surveys are now closed.

 Contact Us

Questions or concerns regarding the Old Mill HCD Study and requests for copies of meeting and study material can be directed to Emily Turner, Economic Development Officer - Heritage Planning by email or phone (705-324-9411 ext.1366).

The HCD study is located in both Ward 5 - Councillor Pat Dunn and Ward 7 - Deputy Mayor Patrick O'Reilly.


 Frequently Asked Questions


What are the advantages of being part of a Heritage Conservation District?

Being in a heritage conservation district will ensure that changes to your neighbourhood or local area are guided by defined planning processes and design guidelines which help maintain the character that makes them attractive and enjoyable to live and work in. As neighbourhoods grow and develop, the heritage conservation district plan guides new development to ensure compatibility with the existing, mature neighbourhood. Property owners in HCDs may also be eligible to apply for financial incentive programs offered by the municipality through its Community Improvement Plan aimed at assisting heritage property owners with restoration projects.

How will being in a district affect my ability to make changes to my property?

Heritage conservation district designations are intended to promote and guide positive change within a district as opposed to preventing it. You will be allowed to make changes to your property. Once an area is designated as a district, property owners are required to apply for a heritage permit prior to making additions or alterations or undertaking demolition. Changes to the interior of a property and routine maintenance, such as painting, do not require a heritage permit.

The types of changes that require a permit as identified in the heritage conservation district plan. Guidelines to help property owners are also outlined in the plan. Residents, property owners, and businesses in the district area will have the opportunity to provide input on these guidelines during the development of the HCD plan.

Is there a cost to a heritage permit and how long will it take?

There is no cost for a heritage permit. If you also require a building permit, depending on the scope of the project, the regular building permit fees will apply. Most heritage permits take approximately three to five business day to process from when a complete application is received. The review process may take longer for more complex projects, such as the construction of a new addition.

Do I need to apply for a heritage permit while the study is underway?

No, you do not require a heritage permit to make changes to your property while the study process is underway. You will only need to apply for a heritage permit after the area is designated and the heritage conservation district plan is in place. You will still be required to apply for building permits and/or planning approvals (as applicable) during the study process.

Will being in a heritage conservation district affect the use of my property?

 District designation does not affect the use of your property. You may be required to apply for a heritage permit if a change of use results in physical changes to the exterior of your property. If you are changing the use of the property, you may be require a zoning change, in which case the City's regular planning processes will apply.

Will I have to make changes to my property if the neighbourhood is designated?

 No, you are not required to make changes or restore your property to its historic appearance if your neighbourhood is designated as a heritage conservation district. If you do wish to make changes, you will be required to apply for a heritage permit to ensure that the changes you would like to make are compatible with the design guidelines for the district.

Will being part of a heritage conservation district affect my property value?

 Property values are determined by many factors, but being part of a heritage conservation district in itself will not decrease the value of your property. Recent studies have shown that property values for properties within a heritage conservation district are generally similar to or higher than comparable properties which are not part of a district. Your MPAC assessment does not take designation into account.

Will being part of a heritage conservation district affect my insurance premiums?

 The provincial Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries and the Insurance Bureau of Canada have confirmed that your insurance premiums should not go up as a result of heritage designation. You are encouraged to shop around for insurance and an insurance provider that suits your needs. You or your insurer can contact the Insurance Bureau of Canada with questions regarding heritage designation and insurance.

Where can I find more information about heritage conservation districts in Ontario?

Additional information regarding the designation of heritage conservation districts in Ontario can be found on the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries website. Their publication on heritage conservation districts as part of the Ontario Heritage Toolkit provides a thorough overview of the designation process.

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