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Planning, Property & Development

Armstrong's Point Heritage Conservation District

Armstrong's Point (see 'maps' tab for boundaries) has been designated as Winnipeg's first Heritage Conservation District (HCD). Thank you to everyone who has participated in this process.

This process is a first for Winnipeg, creating a way to preserve and celebrate a historic and beautiful neighbourhood.

Growth and change in the district will be guided by the Armstrong's Point HCD Plan (Schedule A of HCD By-law 87/2018), which seeks to protect the neighbourhood's historic significance, heritage values and character over the long term.

In accordance with the HCD Plan, any alterations to the character-defining elements of the district (see 'maps' tab for boundaries) require a heritage permit (detailed in Section 6 of the HCD Plan). Homeowners are encouraged contact heritage staff () to discuss proposals before commencing work within the district to establish how the HCD Plan's policies may affect their properties. Historic information about the neighbourhood and summaries of public engagement activities can be found in the Armstrong's Point Heritage Conservation District Study.

Background

In 2013 The City of Winnipeg, along with HTFC Planning & Design Inc., SPAR Planning and Historyworks, and community residents explored the creation of heritage conservation districts in Winnipeg using Armstrong's Point neighbourhood as a case study. Thank you to everyone who participated in this process.

The team began by investigating common frameworks for heritage conservation districts in other cities, both in Canada and internationally. The team also looked at feasibility of creating a heritage conservation district in Winnipeg's Armstrong's Point neighbourhood. The following events were held:

  • Community Workshop #1 - Nov. 26, 2013
  • Community Workshop #2 - January 14, 2014
  • Open House - June 2014

In May 2014, two reports ("Final Report: Policies & Procedures Framework" and "Final Report: Case Study") were completed. These documents together recommended how Winnipeg could create and enact a heritage conservation district within current legislation, as well as assess Armstrong's Point's readiness for such a district.

In spring 2015, the formal study phase began, with the objective of inventorying the Armstrong's Point area, establishing boundaries, and finding out if the area possesses sufficient heritage merit to warrant designation. The following events were held:

  • Community Workshop #3 - October 15, 2015
  • In May 2016, the draft "Armstrong's Point Heritage Conservation District Study" & "Appendix" were created.  These documents provide a thorough catalogue of all properties within the proposed district, establish a boundary, and strongly recommend the area be designated a heritage conservation district. (The HCD study was later updated to align with requirements of HCD By-law 87/2018).
  • Community Workshop #4 - June 22, 2016 - kick off for the HCD plan writing phase.
  • Community workshop #5 - November 9, 2016 - Presented draft of HCD plan.
  • Final Open House April 19, 2017

Feedback from community consultations can be found in Section 7 of the updated HCD Study. The Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development, Heritage and Downtown Development (SPC-PD) considered the HCD study on February 4, 2019.

On April 25, 2019, City Council concurred in the recommendations of the Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development, Heritage and Downtown Development (SPC-PD) and officially designated Armstrong's Point as Winnipeg's first Heritage Conservation District (HCD) with no amendments to the updated HCD plan.

The HCD plan will be Schedule "A" of HCD By-law 87/2018, and will guide growth and change in the district.

Engage

Thank you to all who participated in this process. Results from community consultations can be found in Section 7 of the HCD Study.

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Documents

Document Name Date Type
Policies and Procedures Framework May 2014 Background information
Case Study - Armstrong's Point May 2014 Background information
Key Findings in other Cities 2015 (approx.) Background information
Armstrong's Point Heritage Conservation District Study

Initial draft May 2016
Updated fall 2018

Background information (includes summaries of community consultations)
Armstrong's Point Heritage Conservation District Study - Appendix May 2016 Background information
Armstrong's Point Heritage Conservation District Plan

Initial draft June 2017
Updated early 2019

HCD Plan
Heritage Conservation Districts By-law 87/2018 September 20, 2018 Regulating bylaw
Last update: May 10, 2019