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“It’s about more than the ar­chi­tec­ture; the val­ues of our en­vi­ron­ment are not sin­gled­i­men­sional,” he said in an in­ter­view.

As Ship­ley and three co-au­thors in the School of Plan­ning noted in their 2008 study of Up­per Doon, the in­tent of its her­itage des­ig­na­tion was to con­serve “the in­trin­sic ru­ral and his­toric char­ac­ter of the vil­lage” and en­sure devel­op­ment within and be­yond the vil­lage did not de­stroy it. At­tributes to be pro­tected were the small vil­lage at­mos­phere and “strength­en­ing of a neigh­bourly qual­ity.”

Quot­ing the study, “The dis­trict’s value was seen in a ran­dom clus­ter of his­toric and new build­ings set in a val­ley with an ex­pan­sive treescape.... It’s un­planned qual­ity and har­mo­nious blend of built struc­tures and nat­u­ral fea­tures was dif­fer­ent from the new sub­di­vi­sions that en­cir­cled the area....”

A sur­vey dis­trib­uted in Up­per Doon as part of that study re­ceived re­sponses from 43 res­i­dents. Half lived in Doon prior to the her­itage des­ig­na­tion, and most said they felt good or at least neu­tral about it.

Sev­eral re­spon­dents were un­happy about the ex­tent of en­croach­ment the city had al­lowed for ad­ja­cent sub­di­vi­sions and wished for more de­vel­op­men­tal con­trols around the des­ig­nated area.

Late last fall, two ad­ja­cent prop­er­ties on Doon Vil­lage Road were dis­cussed by Kitch­ener city coun­cil af­ter the plan­ning depart­ment ap­proved ap­pli­ca­tions to re­place two houses at 1094 and 1112 Doon Vil­lage Rd., dat­ing back to 1872 and 1952 re­spec­tively, with two 4,700-square-foot houses, each with a four-car garage, on lots, with a com­bined area of roughly 2.5 acres.

Carol Jankowski

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