The planned district would cover the “old village” core of Russell, and would include both residential and commercial areas on both sides of the Castor River. According to a proposal document, the district’s creation would help with “protecting key views, streetscapes and first impressions when entering this part of the village”.
“This is the area with the greatest concentration of heritage resources and where substantial future development pressure can be anticipated,” the report said. “Through careful management of change, the heritage value can be conserved while incorporating sensitive new development or reusing/repurposing existing properties and buildings.”
The report outlined Russell’s village atmosphere, picturesque views of the river and history as an industrial, commercial and residential hub in the region over the last 200 years as reasons for establishing the district. The study started in part due to Russell’s proximity to Ottawa and lack of prior experience of rapid growth from its emerging status as a commuter town to the larger city.
The final public meeting about the plan will be held virtually on Tuesday, November 24 at 6 p.m. Russell Township’s Planning, Building and Economic Development director Dominique Tremblay said invitations had been sent in the mail to all businesses and houses in the proposed district.
“After this public meeting, we will be able to present the full report for adoption or not to members of council at the second meeting of Decmber,” she said.
Those interested in attending the meeting can find the link at the “Public Notices” section of the township’s website.