Omagh Village Heritage and Character Value Assessment

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?

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 and it is included within the Boyne Survey Secondary Plan, an area which is going to experience considerable change as future development takes place.

Omagh Village Study Area

Why are we doing this?

The village of Omagh is the only village left in Milton from the former Trafalgar Township. It is historically significant and contains a rich heritage that reflects a broad range of the architectural styles that were popular in Ontario from the mid-nineteenth century to the late twentieth century.

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 Omagh. As the Town 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 this study is to:

  1. inventory and evaluate the features of the study area (including cultural and natural heritage resources) that contribute to define the village character;
  2. establish a preliminary boundary for the area;
  3. assess the impact of the Britannia Road re-alignment on the village and make recommendations for future road design changes within the village, if warranted;
  4. assess the extent of the floodplain within Omagh and its potential for physical and visual linkages to and within it, if warranted;
  5. examine relevant Municipal and Provincial regulations and policies with respect to their potential impacts on the area;
  6. seek public input from local residents and property owners on their vision for their community and the implementation of a HCD or a Character Area designation; and
  7. make recommendations to Council on:
  • the appropriate approach to protect Omagh’s character while ensuring development that is compatible and sympathetic with the area;
  • preliminary boundaries for the study area; and
  • next steps, which include the review of current policy framework, Zoning By-law provisions, and other tools.
Council Reports

On August 22th, 2016 Council received for information Staff Report PD-034-16 outlining the details of this study.

Staff Report PD-034-16

Community Meetings

The first public engagement session for this study took place on December 14, 2016 in the Church of Christ in Omagh. The presentation from that meeting is attached below.

For more information, please contact:

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