The historic Black Bridge, in the Hespeler area of Cambridge, is designated as significant (Ontario Heritage Act) and listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Sites of Canada. It is the last of its kind in the City of Cambridge, and is considered one of the top ten bridges in the Region of Waterloo.
The City of Cambridge is currently conducting an environmental assessment for proposed development that threatens the bridge, the surrounding landscape, and natural species, ie. turtles (of which one species is already identified "at risk"), frogs, etc.
The community residents have come together to officially form the Black Bridge Community Association in order to work collectively to preserve the unique heritage elements within their neighbourhood. With the support of Heritage Cambridge (local branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario), the Association have presented to MHAC (Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee), and to City Council to request the implementation of a Designated Heritage Conservation District to protect this significant area.
- immediately initiate interim controls (Suggested by HPAC (Region of Waterloo), requested by the Association and Heritage Cambridge (ACO), of City Staff Jan. 10/13 and of City Council, December 2012, February 4/13 & 11/13).
- upon review of the Heritage Conservation District Study, proceed with the implementation of the Designated Heritage Conservation District (Ontario Heritage Act, Part V, HCD)