Aurora Town Council moves forward plan to create a dynamic, innovative Cultural Precinct
Aurora Town Council approved a four-stage planning approach to move forward the Cultural Precinct/Library Square project.
This plan also supports the promenade study, approved in 2010. This revitalization focuses on developing the Town’s downtown core along Yonge Street and Wellington Street.
A Cultural Precinct Plan aligns with the Strategic Plan goal of supporting an exceptional quality of life for all. By celebrating and promoting our culture, we move another step forward in becoming a modern, progressive community with a strong, unified vision.
What is the Cultural Precinct?
The Aurora Cultural Precinct is a three-block area bounded by: Mosley Street, Metcalfe/Church Street and Yonge Street. This area has the highest concentration of built heritage and cultural landscapes in Aurora’s downtown core. The area highlights a mix of public and private properties with existing heritage, architecture, neighbourhood character, park space and community facilities.
If you would like to get a closer look at the different areas in the Precinct, please take our free walking tour led by the Aurora Museum.
What has already been done?
The Cultural Precinct Plan builds on existing policy and implementation work from previous consultants. The Town hired FOTEEN Consulting, Bray Heritage and Sierra Planning to engage the public and devise a place to revitalize the downtown core. AECOM was also hired to conduct a repurposing study and make recommendations on Town-owned structures.
A number of steps in the process have already occurred: a municipal staff working group, culture walk and an online survey to engage residents and foster positive change.
Why is this project important?
The Town has an opportunity to create a new cultural hub that will serve as a focal point for residents and tourists.
This revitalization will attract and boost tourism, enhance the quality of life for residents and expand cultural resources in the community. This will also bring new opportunities for partnerships, businesses and attract new residents from diverse backgrounds to Aurora.
How can you provide input on the project?
The Town wants to hear your ideas about what changes you would like to see in the downtown core. Share your likes and dislikes - this is your opportunity to suggest improvements or modifications. All opinions are welcome.
Cultural Precinct Presentations
|Monday, December 5||6 p.m. to 9 p.m. ||Council Chambers ||Council Workshop|
|Monday, October 17||7 p.m.||Holland Room||Heritage Advisory Committee|
|Wednesday, October 19||7 p.m.||Aurora Public Library ||Library Board Meeting|
|Monday, October 24||10 a.m. to 12 p.m.|
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
|Tannery Room ||Aurora Chamber of Commerce |
|Thursday, November 17||7 p.m||Holland Room||Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee|
|Friday, November 18||10 a.m||Council Chambers ||Trails and Active Transportation Committee|
|Thursday, November 24||7 p.m||Holland Room ||Environmental Advisory Committee|
For more information on the Cultural Precinct Plan, please contact Fausto Filipetto at 905-727-3123 ext. 4342.
Presentation to Council - December 8, 2015
Cultural Precinct Plan PSA