Omagh Village Heritage and Character Value Assessment

Update

Public Engagement Session #2

On Wednesday, April 24, 2019, Town staff hosted a meeting with property owners at the Omagh Church of Christ, to discuss and receive feedback on the study findings and preliminary staff recommendations. The meeting included a presentation by staff, followed by a discussion about the future of Omagh.

About the Study

What is it?

This is a study that will define what is important about the village and ensure that this is retained and integrated as a unique neighbourhood within the surrounding Boyne Survey Secondary Plan Area.

Where is it?

The village of Omagh is a small rural village centred around the intersection of Britannia Road and Fourth Line in the Town of Milton. The village was founded in 1818 and traditionally served as the focus for a wide surrounding area. It is the only village left in Milton from the former Trafalgar Township. It is historically significant and contains heritage features that reflects a range some of the architectural styles that were popular in Ontario from the mid-nineteenth century to the late twentieth century.

The village is included within the Boyne Survey Secondary Plan, an area that is going to experience considerable change as future development takes place.

Omagh Village Study Area

Why are we doing this?

The Boyne Survey Secondary Plan, adopted on August 22, 2015, identifies Omagh as an area which contains significant cultural heritage and natural heritage resources. The Secondary Plan also indicates that no development shall be permitted in this general area, until a detailed study relating to a potential Heritage Conservation District designation is carried out by the Town.

Considerable change is going to take place in the area with new development to the north, the re-alignment of Britannia Road to the south and planning for the Creek and flood plain that runs through the heart of the village. As Milton continues to plan for this growth and change, it is undertaking a Heritage and Character Value Assessment to ensure that Omagh's unique character and identity is respected as growth and development takes place.

The purpose of the study is to:

  • identify the qualities and characteristics influencing the village character; 
  • understand what elements and qualities influencing character are important to residents; 
  • review the existing Town of Milton policies, regulations and by-laws to identify potential opportunities to enhance and clarify content to address the issues identified; 
  • consider the potential environmental and transportation constrains and opportunities; 
  • seek public input from local residents and property owners on their vision for their community; and
  • inform the development of tools to improve the management of neighbourhood character issues and heritage values related to development applications based on the findings of the assessment.
Staff Reports

On August 22, 2016, Council received for information Staff Report PD-034-16 regarding the history of the Village of Omagh and endorsed the Terms of Reference and Work Plan for the Omagh Heritage Conservation District Study. At the same meeting, Council directed staff to consult with agencies and the public and prepare a report detailing the potential implications of designating a Heritage Conservation District (HCD) as well as recommendations regarding Official Plan and Zoning By-law changes, as necessary.

Community meetings

Public Engagement Session #1

The first public engagement session for this study took place on December 14, 2016 in the Church of Christ in Omagh.

For more information, please contact:

Hugo Rincon, Planner, Policy & Urban Design
905-878-7252, ext. 2307
Email: Planning and Development