Fonds RG 14 - City of Vaughan Development Planning Department fonds

24 Abell Avenue, n.d. 32 Abell Avenue, n.d. 20 Bell Court, n.d. 21 Bell Court, n.d. 25 Bell Court, n.d. 10 Bell Court, n.d. 140 Brooke Street, n.d. 143 Brooke Street, n.d. 144 Brooke Street, n.d. 146 Brooke Street, n.d.
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City of Vaughan Development Planning Department fonds

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  • Textual record
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  • Cartographic material

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CA CoV Archives RG 14

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  • 1968-2015 [predominant 1968-1996] (Creation)

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  • ca. 24 m of textual records and supporting Cartographic material
  • ca. 35 cm of aerial photographs: b&w; 25 x 25 cm
  • 100 Cartographic items
  • 500 negatives
  • ca. 4000 photographs: b&w and col.; 13 x 21 cm or smaller
  • 5 computer disks
  • 179 projector slides
  • 2 maps, digital

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The City of Vaughan Planning Department is responsible for the planning and design of the municipality through the land planning process. This essential role has been maintained since the department's founding ca. 1955. Development Planning staff provide professional planning advice and information with respect to current land use issues and undertakes the review and processing of a variety of development applications, Official Plan, Zoning, Subdivision, Condominium, Part Lot Control and Site Plans submitted to the municipality. Staff also provide consultative assistance to the public and the development industry on planning-related issues, processing of development applications and the planning legislative process.

The Development Planning Department actively encourages citizen participation. Public comment is solicited on planning applications as well as policy changes to the Official Plan. Citizen participation is encouraged as a vital part of the planning process in the City of Vaughan and is essential to good planning.

Prior to July 2014, cultural heritage materials were under the custody of Recreation and Culture (RG 18). With a change to the organizational structure, cultural heritage staff under Recreation and Culture were relocated to Developement Planning.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of multiple types of records. The City of Vaughan Development Planning Department fonds is constituted of four series: general reference files, 1968-1995; aerial photographs, [ca. 1940]-1991; Cartographic records, 1952-1982 (predominant ; 1964-1974); and Cultural Heritage files, 2015. The first series is semi-active and consists of studies, reports, subject correspondence, by-laws, administrative records, as well as supporting maps and site plans. The aerial photograph series provide evidence of the considerable physical transition experienced by Vaughan since WWII as a result of development. The Cartographic records series consists of plates (i.e. maps showing land boundaries, subdivision, ownership, and all data essential to identify all units thereon), as well as base street maps and topographical maps. Finally, the cultural heritage series consists of housing documentation and heritage inventory files, pertinent to existing and demolished historic properties within the municipality.

Accession RG 14-016.1 consists of 5 legal sized bankers boxes, containing subway design reports created for the Toronto/York Spadina Subway Extension Projects. The reports pertain to the Steeles West Station, the Highway 407 Station and the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station. These boxes were transferred from the JOC in August of 2016.

Accession RG 14-018.1 consisted of materials relating to the Maple Heritage District, including: 179 projector slides, photographs, reports and various Maple maps and subdivision plans.

Accession RG 14-018.2 consisted of a transfer of 4 bankers boxes from the JOC, which contained ca. 1000 photographs, 89 floppy disks and 6 cm of textual materials relating to Vaughan's Built Heritage. Due to conservation concers, all the floppy disk images were converted onto CDs , as well as shared on the City's "Corp Share (F:)" drive for easier access.

See accession forms for full list of materials transferred.

Accession M022.3 consists of maps depicting a watermain relocation. The maps also depict several historical buildings, as well as City Hall, in the surrounding area.

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  • English

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  • Bay 9, Sh. 7-9 (M016.1)
  • Bay 9, Sh. 15 (RG 14-018.2)
  • Bay 9, Sh. 16 (RG 14-018.1, RG 14-015.1)
  • Bay 9, Sh. 40 (aerials - RG 14-994.1)
  • Map 21
  • Map 22
  • Map 29
  • Map 31-35
  • Map 43

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File lists available for general reference files and aerial photographs; and item list available for Cartographic series.

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