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    Heritage Register

    1. What does being listed on the Town’s Heritage Register mean?
    2. Can properties that are listed on the Heritage Register be altered, renovated, or modified?
    3. Is being listed on the Heritage Register registered on the title of a property?
    4. What are the advantages of listing properties on the Heritage Register?
    5. How do I get a heritage plaque for my property?
    6. Are their financial incentives for owners of properties listed on the Hertiage Register?
    7. How was the heritage value determined for properties that are recommended to be listed on Phase 3 of the Heritage Register?
    8. Why was a Peer Review conducted?
    9. Does being listed on the Heritage Register automatically result in future designation?
    10. What is the intent of the 60-day delay for a demolition permit?
    11. Are all the buildings on a property that is listed on the Heritage Register recognized for their heritage value?
    12. Have property owners been involved in the Heritage Register process?
    13. Does being listed on the Heritage Register affect property insurance rates?
    14. Does being listed on the Heritage Register affect property value?
    15. What is the practice of neighbouring municipalities in regard to listing properties on the Heritage Register?
    16. Are there any advantages to being designated on the Heritage Register?

     

    What does being listed on the Town’s Heritage Register mean?

    A property that is listed on the Town’s Heritage Register has been recognized by the Town for its heritage value or interest. If the property owner of a listed property ever applies for a demolition permit, the Town may delay the issuance of a demolition permit by up to 60 days.

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    Can properties that are listed on the Heritage Register be altered, renovated, or modified?

    Yes. Property owners of listed properties can proceed with any alterations, renovations, or modifications to the property – subject to standard applicable regulations or requirements (building code, zoning, conservation authority regulations, etc.). Property owners of listed properties have no obligation to maintain the heritage attributes of their properties.

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    Is being listed on the Heritage Register registered on the title of a property?

    No. Being listed on the Heritage Register is not registered on the title of a property.

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    What are the advantages of listing properties on the Heritage Register?

    The advantages of listing properties on the Town’s Heritage Register are: • to recognize properties of heritage value in the Town • to provide easily accessible information about heritage properties to property owners, the tourism industry, educators, and the general public • to provide an opportunity for Council to consider conservation options ranging from designation of the property to removal from the Register when demolition is proposed

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    How do I get a heritage plaque for my property?

    The Heritage Halton Hills Committee has a plaque program in which property owners can request a plaque for a fee. The fee covers the cost of the plaque and the research the Committee conducts on the property. Please contact 905-873-2601 ext. 2356 for more information.

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      Are their financial incentives for owners of properties listed on the Hertiage Register?

      The Town does not offer financial incentives for properties listed on the Heritage Register. For properties that are designated under the Ontario Heritage Act in the Town, the Town has financial incentive programs available. The programs (subject to change) consist of a Heritage Property Tax Refund (20% refund of the local and school board taxes paid on a property subject to criteria) and a grant program in which property owners may apply for funding towards property improvements. Please contact 905-873-2601 ext. 2356 for more information.

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        How was the heritage value determined for properties that are recommended to be listed on Phase 3 of the Heritage Register?

        The heritage value of properties was determined by Heritage Halton Hills through preparation of municipal heritage inventories. These heritage inventories were then evaluated by the Heritage Resources Centre of the University of Waterloo, which confirmed the heritage value of each property. The heritage value of each property was evaluated based on the following three criteria: • design or physical value • historical or associative value • contextual value

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        Why was a Peer Review conducted?

        A Peer Review was conducted to further confirm the heritage value of properties for which objections were received by the Town. The Town retained a heritage consultant (David Cuming Professional Consulting Services) to conduct this Peer Review. The Peer Review assessed 56 properties, and recommended that 20 properties be excluded from Phase 3 of the Heritage Register.

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        Does being listed on the Heritage Register automatically result in future designation?

        No. Being listed on the Heritage Register does not automatically result in future designation. Properties may be designated (with the consent of property owners) regardless of whether or not they are listed on the Heritage Register.

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        What is the intent of the 60-day delay for a demolition permit?

        The intent of the 60-day delay for issuance of a demolition permit is to provide the Town with enough time to further review the heritage value of a property, before it is too late. Council consults with the municipal heritage committee (Heritage Halton Hills) to conduct this review, and relies on the advice they provide. After reviewing the heritage value of a property, Heritage Halton Hills may make recommendations to Council such as: • removal of the property from the Heritage Register to allow for demolition • removal of the property from the Heritage Register to allow for demolition, with certain conditions, such as salvaging materials during demolition for use in future development • designation of the property Since 2011, the Town has received five requests for removal of listed properties from the Register to allow for demolition – all of which have been fulfilled. Without the 60-day delay, the Town would not be able to monitor its heritage resources, which may result in their gradual disappearance thereby changing the character of Halton Hills.

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        Are all the buildings on a property that is listed on the Heritage Register recognized for their heritage value?

        No. Only the structure of which a photograph is included in the Heritage Register is considered of heritage value or interest. No other structures on a listed property are recognized by the Town. Certain listed properties on the Town’s Register originally recognized multiple structures on one property; however they have since been corrected to recognize only the structure of which a photograph is included.

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        Have property owners been involved in the Heritage Register process?

        Yes. The Town provided many opportunities for public involvement in the Heritage Register process: • property owners received notification when their property was being considered to be listed on the Heritage Register • property owners were invited to a Public Information Session hosted by Town staff, to receive information on the Heritage Register and clarify any misconceptions • property owners who attended a Public Information Session were invited to submit objections to their properties being listed on the Heritage Register • property owners were able to contact Town staff to receive further information on the Heritage Register and clarify any misconceptions • property owners who requested notification at a Public Information Session or submitted an objection to the Town received notification that a recommendation was being presented to Committee, with direction to the Town`s website to access all related documents and reports • property owners will receive notification once their properties have been added to the Heritage Register The Ontario Heritage Act does not require any notice to be given to property owners when their properties are listed on a municipal heritage register.

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        Does being listed on the Heritage Register affect property insurance rates?

        No. Staff were advised by the Insurance Bureau of Canada that listing a property on the Heritage Register has no effect on cost of house insurance. Instead, staff were advised that cost of insurance is directly related to level of insurance risk. The age of a house often corresponds to level of insurance risk, with older houses tending to have higher insurance risk. Characteristics of older houses that increase insurance risk include old-style knob-and-tube wiring, older roofing, oil-based heating systems, galvanized cast iron plumbing, the lack of sewer backflow valves, and the lack of burglar and fire alarm systems. None of these characteristics are exclusive to properties that are listed on the Heritage Register. However, listed properties tend to exhibit these characteristics because of their age, and it is for that reason that insurance risk is potentially increased. The act of listing a property on a municipality’s heritage register does not affect cost of house insurance.

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        Does being listed on the Heritage Register affect property value?

        Research undertaken to date only applies to properties that are designated on a municipal heritage register. This research does not demonstrate that property values or the ability to sell a property are affected as a result of designation.

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        What is the practice of neighbouring municipalities in regard to listing properties on the Heritage Register?

        • The Town of Milton did not notify or consult property owners prior to the addition of over 1000 properties to Milton’s Heritage Register by Milton Council • The Town of Oakville did not notify or consult property owners prior to the addition of over 350 properties to Oakville’s Heritage Register by Oakville Council • The Town of Erin did not notify or consult property owners prior to the addition of over 600 properties to Erin’s Heritage Register by Erin Council, with the exception of a general notice posted in the local newspaper • Until 2012, the City of Burlington did not notify or consult property owners prior to the addition of several properties to Burlington’s Heritage Register by Burlington Council. However, this process was changed in 2012 to include public notification

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        Are there any advantages to being designated on the Heritage Register?

        There are a number of advantages to being designated. Designated properties are eligible for: • a property tax refund program, in which 20% of the local and school board taxes paid on a property are refunded, subject to certain criteria • a grant program, in which a property owner may apply for funding for property improvements • a plaque program, in which a property owner may request a plaque to publically recognize the heritage value of their property

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