Town passes two new by-laws to protect heritage properties

January 15, 2010 – For immediate release

On Monday Town Council approved the passing of two by-laws designating two heritage properties in Oakville under part IV of the

Ontario Heritage Act

. The action brings the total of designated buildings in Oakville to 500 including properties designated in heritage conservation districts.

The two new designated properties include St. Luke’s Anglican Church at Palermo, located at 3114 Dundas Street West, and the Manse, also known as the James Nisbet House, at 10 Park Avenue. Built in 1845, St. Luke’s at Palermo is the one of two remaining historic wood churches in the whole of Oakville, and is a significant reminder of the cultural and social history of early settlers in Palermo.

The Manse, built in 1852, is a one storey house built by Reverend James Nisbet, the first Presbyterian minister in Oakville and a significant national figure as the founder of the community of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

The heritage designations were achieved by extensive consultation between staff, the Heritage Oakville Advisory Committee and the property owners as part of Council’s goal to protect Oakville’s significant heritage resources through designation.

“Preserving Oakville’s history is a big part of our identity,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “With 19 recommendations for heritage designations since 2007 and others underway, Council has worked hard to significantly increase the number of heritage designations ensuring that these buildings will be preserved for future generations.”

Heritage designation recognizes and reinforces the cultural value and community appreciation of heritage properties and provides protection against demolition. Designation does not prevent changes to buildings, rather it provides a mechanism to help guide any proposed changes to harmonize with the significant attributes of a building. In addition, heritage designation does not restrict uses or changes to the interior of properties. Designated properties are identified with a commemorative plaque.

There are also 450 listed properties on the town’s Heritage Register. Properties listed on the Heritage Register are not designated as official heritage properties, and thus are not under any restrictions with regard to renovations or alterations. However, inclusion on the register does allow the town to impose a 60-day waiting period before demolition of the home or structure. The waiting period gives the town time to consider whether the property is worthy of official heritage designation.

Anyone interested in learning more about heritage designation can contact Michael Seaman, Manager of Heritage Planning at the town at 905-845-6601, ext. 3873 or by email at mseaman@oakville.ca. For more information, please visit the target=_blank>Heritage Register web page.

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For more information:
Michael Seaman
Manager of Heritage Planning
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3873
mseaman@oakville.ca

Gisele Shaw
Manager, Corporate Communications
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3166
gshaw@oakville.ca


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Town passes two new by-laws to protect heritage properties