Why have a Municipal Heritage Committee?
The cultural heritage resources in our community are an irreplaceable asset and resource. The conservation of the properties that contain these resources is fundamental to creating community pride and identity, attracting new residents and tourism, all of which have important economic impacts on our community. The benefits of conservation of this heritage are not only for the present generation, but also for generations to come.
Role of the Municipal Heritage Committee
The role of the Municipal Heritage Committee is classified under two categories: Statutory and Non-Statutory. The Statutory Role of the Municipal Heritage Committee is to advise Council on heritage applications included under Part IV & V of the Ontario Heritage Act. The Non-Statutory Role of the Municipal Heritage Committee is to attend to other heritage matters that fall outside of Part IV & V of the Ontario Heritage Act.
Statutory Roles of the Municipal Heritage Committee:
- Designation of individual properties and of Heritage Conservation Districts
- Applications to alter designated properties
- Applications to demolish or remove properties
- Applications to repeal designation bylaws and easements or covenants.
- Updating the municipal register of heritage properties
- Before serving notice of intention to designate a property
- Before amending a by-law of designated property
- Before repealing a by-law, or part thereof, designating a property
- Before considering an application from an owner of a designated property to repeal the by-law, or part thereof, designating the property
- Application to alter a designated property where the alteration is likely to affect the heritage attributes (listed in the statement of heritage value or interest) as set out in the by-law designating the property
- Application to demolish or remove any building or structure on designated property
- Before passing by-laws to establish easements or covenants with owners of real property for conserving properties of cultural value or interest
- Before passing a by-law to define a study area for a future heritage conservation district
- Before a proposed heritage conservation district plan is adopted
- Before council delegates, by by-law, its power to grant permits for the alteration
of property situated in a heritage conservation district
- Application to demolish or remove any building or structure on property in a heritage conservation district
Non-Statutory Roles of the Municipal Heritage Committee:
- Advise Council on new heritage legislature and funding initiatives
- Advise Council on the Heritage Property Tax Relief Program
- Advise Council on Municipally and Provincially owned properties, as well as National Historic Sites
- Educate the community
on the heritage resources within the community and on the importance and methods of proper conservation and/or preservation
- Identifying cultural heritage properties
- Promote conservation and preservation of heritage resources within the community
- Provide feedback on Official Plan policies pertaining to cultural and natural heritage
Please reference the Committees of Council site for meeting agendas and minutes.