The Town of Halton Hills Heritage Register
The Ontario Heritage Act states that a municipality must keep a register of properties situated in the municipality that are of cultural heritage value or interest. The intention of this register is to serve as a heritage conservation tool to assist municipalities in identifying and conserving heritage resources, whether listed or designated on the register, in accordance with Sections 27 and 39.2 of the Ontario Heritage Act. The Town’s Heritage Register achieves the heritage conservation goals and objectives of the Town’s Strategic Plan and Official Plan.
Established in accordance with the Ontario Heritage Act, the Town of Halton Hills Heritage Register was initiated as a multiyear work program, and is comprised of both listed and designated properties in the Town. The table below outlines the important distinctions between listed properties and designated properties on the Town’s Heritage Register.
Listed properties are those that the Council of a municipality believes to be of cultural heritage value or interest, but are not designated under the Ontario Heritage Act. Property owners of listed properties must provide a municipality with at least 60 days notice of intention to demolish, which allows a municipality to consider conservation options that may include proceeding to designation under the Ontario Heritage Act, or removing the property from the Register to allow for the issuance of a demolition permit. Council consent is not required for any alterations to the property.
Listed properties are being added to the Register through a number of phases. Phase 1 of the Register was completed in May 2010 with Council addition of 170 properties, Phase 2 was completed in January 2012 with Council addition of 174 properties, and Phase 3 was completed in June 2016 with Council addition of 326 properties. The Town is currently undertaking Phase 4, which will be the final phase of the Town’s multiyear work program to complete a comprehensive municipal Heritage Register.
Designated properties are those that the Council of a municipality believes to be of cultural heritage value or interest, and are designated under the Ontario Heritage Act through the enactment of a municipal by-law. Designated properties require the consent of Council for any alteration or removal of the heritage features of the property.
The Ontario Heritage Act requires all municipal heritage registers to identify properties designated under Parts IV (individually designated properties) and V (Heritage Conservation Districts) of the Act.
Designated properties are being added to the Register as recommended by the municipal heritage committee, Heritage Halton Hills.
of Cultural Heritage Value or Interest
of Cultural Heritage Value or Interest )
|Legislation||Ontario Heritage Act (OHA) Sections 27 (Part IV) and 39.2 (Part V)
Building Code Act
|Ontario Heritage Act Sections 29 (Part IV) and 41 (Part V)
Building Code Act
|Requirement of Council Consent for Alterations||No||Yes
Council consent is required for alterations to a property designated under Parts IV and V of the Ontario Heritage Act (Sections 33 and 42).
|Information Required for Heritage Register||A property description is required under the Ontario Heritage Act. The Town prepares an Information Sheet for each listed property consisting of a photograph, historical information, and property evaluation.||
|Criteria for Determining Cultural Heritage Value or Interest||None
The Town uses Council-approved evaluation criteria for determining the cultural heritage value or interest of a property, based on Regulation 9/06 of the Ontario Heritage Act. These criteria form the template for property evaluation.
Criteria for determining the cultural heritage value or interest of a property is prescribed by Regulation 9/06 under Section 29(1) of the Ontario Heritage Act.
|Demolition Permit Application||Delay
The Town must be provided with at least 60 days’ notice of intention to demolish, which provides time for the consideration of options with respect to heritage conservation (Section 27.3 of the Ontario Heritage Act).
|Refusal (with right of appeal)
The Town can refuse to issue a demolition permit – This decision can be appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board (Section 34 of the Ontario Heritage Act).
|Registration||No Registration on Title||A designation by-law is registered on Title.|
On June 20, 2016, Town Council approved Phase 3 of the Town of Halton Hills Heritage Register, through Staff Report No. PI-2016-0048. At this time, 326 properties were added to the Town’s comprehensive Heritage Register. The process of Phase 3 of the Heritage Register is summarized below:
In May 2013, the Town retained the Heritage Resources Centre at the University of Waterloo to review inventories of properties with potential heritage value assembled by the Town’s Heritage Committee (Heritage Halton Hills), and to recommend properties for inclusion on the Heritage Register.
Owners of properties considered for inclusion in Phase 3 of the Heritage Register were invited to one of two Public Information Sessions in February 2014. Following the Public Information Sessions, the Town retained David Cuming Professional Consulting Services to conduct a Peer Review. The Peer Review provided a reassessment of the cultural heritage value of the properties for which written objections were received by the Town, as well as several other properties identified by Town staff. In May 2015, Heritage Halton Hills endorsed the recommendations of the Peer Review and supported the list of properties recommended for exclusion from Phase 3 of the Register.
On November 10, 2015, Town staff recommended Phase 3 of the Town’s Heritage Register to the Community Affairs Committee. At that time, Phase 3 was deferred to allow Council to reevaluate the Town’s Heritage Register processes. In addition, Council directed Town staff to conduct a Supplementary Peer Review of seven properties that had not been subject to the original Peer Review. The Supplementary Peer Review was completed in January 2016, and endorsed by the Heritage Halton Hills committee in May 2016.
On April 11, 2016 Town Council held a Council workshop in accordance with the Municipal Act and the Town of Halton Hills Procedure By-law No. 2015-0060. The workshop was held for the purpose of education and training on matters related to Ontario Heritage Act legislation, and the Town’s Heritage Register processes, roles and responsibilities. At this workshop, Town staff were directed to return to Council with a recommendation of Phase 3 for Council’s further consideration.
Report No. PI-2016-0048 recommending adoption of Phase 3 of the Heritage Register was approved by Council at their meeting on June 20, 2016. All members of the public who requested notification at a public information session or submitted a comment or objection to the Town were notified that Phase 3 of the Town’s Heritage Register would be considered by Council on June 20.
The following staff reports provide more information on the process of Phase 3 of the Heritage Register:
- PI-2016-0048 (May 30, 2016)
- PI-2015-0037 (October 14, 2015)
- MEM-PI-2015-0002 (October 1, 2015)
- MEM-PDS-2014-0007 (May 20, 2014)
- PDS-2014-0001 (January 2, 2014)
- PDS-2013-0038 (May 8, 2013)
The Town is now initiating Phase 4 of the Heritage Register, which will be the final phase of the Town’s Comprehensive Municipal Heritage Register initiative. All property owners whose properties are being considered for inclusion in Phase 4 of the Town’s Heritage Register will be individually notified in writing and invited to a public open house to receive more information.
On May 29, 2017 Town Council approved the Report PI-2017-0021 that recommended that the Town host a public information session regarding the Phase 4 update of the Heritage Register. A Public Open House was held at the Halton Hills Cultural Centre on Thursday September 28, 2017. The presentation that was given at that meeting can be seen at the link below:
All members of the public who signed the register at the Public Open House, requested notification at a public information session or submit a comment or objection to the Town will be notified when Phase 4 of the Town’s Heritage Register is to be considered by Council.
Town of Halton Hills
1 Halton Hills Drive
Halton Hills ON L7G 5G2
Email: Anne Fisher
Phone: 905-873-2601 ext. 2358