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DSBRT - PIC 3 - Cultural Heritage

Cultural heritage specialists reviewed the corridor to identify known and potential cultural heritage (CH) properties.

A total of 230 built heritage resources and cultural heritage landscapes were identified in the study area. Assessment of impacts is underway.

City of Toronto

15 Total:

2 Known CH Properties
1 Commemorative Feature
1 National Urban Park
11 Potential CH Properties

City of Pickering

17 Total:

1 Known CH Property
16 Potential CH Properties

Town of Ajax

59 Total:

1 Heritage District
12 Known CH Properties
46 Potential CH Properties

Town of Whitby

62 Total:

2 Known CH Properties
1 Commemorative Feature
59 Potential CH Properties

City of Oshawa

77 Total:

1 Known CH Property
76 Potential CH Properties

Examples of cultural heritage properties within the study area.

A foggy forest landscape in Rouge National Urban Park, overlooking a river valley surrounded by trees in early Spring.
The Rouge National Urban Park is Canada’s first national urban park.                  

A farmscape with a white barn, farmhouse, lush green field, and white picket fence.
Potential cultural heritage properties include farmscapes.

A row of historic storefront buildings in downtown Oshawa on a snowy winter day.
Some of Downtown Oshawa’s mixed use buildings are potential built heritage resources.

A residential cultural heritage property on a snowy winter day.
This built heritage resource is a known cultural heritage property, designated under the Ontario Heritage Act.

Impacts

The preliminary preferred design strives to stay within the road allowance to minimize impacts to cultural heritage resources. In some areas, where avoidance is not possible, the design may result in direct impacts to known/potential cultural heritage resources. Construction activities may result in indirect impacts.

Mitigation

To mitigate impacts, the following measures are proposed:

  • A Cultural Heritage Evaluation Report will be completed to understand the directly impacted resource’s cultural heritage value or interest.
  • If the resource has cultural heritage value or interest, a Heritage Impact Assessment will be completed.
  • Local Heritage Advisory Committees and the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries will be consulted during the completion of the studies.
  • Indirect impacts include temporary adverse vibration from construction activities. A condition assessment of structures within the vibration zone of influence is recommended.

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