Advocacy & Public Submissions

Change in zoning for Parliament Oak site will further limit available public space in NOTL

325 King Street

The Niagara Foundation is one of several community organizations voicing opposition to the re-zoning of 325 King Street – the site of the old Parliament Oak School – to General Commercial because if approved as is, it will drastically and permanently reduce the amount of land where residents might experience the traditions and culture of our community.

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Proposed severance of 187 Queen Street would be detrimental for all heritage assets

TNF COTW 187 Queen St presentation title page

The Niagara Foundation (TNF) opposes severances to estate lots, and to 187 Queen Street in particular.  In a presentation to the Niagara-on-the-Lake Council’s Committee of the Whole meeting on May 7, 2024, TNF President Lyle Hall said that allowing such a the proposed severance of 187 Queen Street would set a detrimental precedent for all heritage assets in Old Town and be one of the more damaging heritage precedents set by any council in memory.  

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Parliament Oak: Land Use, not Design, is the Main Point

NOTL town logo

In letter to the Niagara on the Lake Town Council, about the development proposal for the for the old Parliament Oak School site, The Niagara Foundation argues that the fundamental, and first, consideration should be land use.

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Heritage missing from most recent draft of Town Strategic Plan

NOTL town logo

In our July 11, 2023, letter from The Niagara Foundation to Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake Council, about the process for drafting the 2023 Strategic Plan draft, we say that we are disappointed to see how little attention appears to be given to heritage, culture and/or development issues.

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Parliament Oak Proposed Official Plan and Zoning Amendments

Parliament Oak Proposed Official Plan and Zoning Amendments

The Niagara Foundation requests that Council refuse, outright, the proposed change of use to commercial/hotel.

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Response to proposed demolition of Parliament Oak School

Parliament Oak School response to proposed demolition

We ask that Council refuse this demolition permit, and use all available options for you to require preservation of the original 1948 structure for the former Parliament Oak school, in its original location. We ask that Council resolve the request to rezone before demolition is permitted.

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