Owners to give 60 days notice before removing or demolishing buildings
GUELPH, ON, May 6, 2009 – In an effort to preserve Guelph’s history and culture, City Council voted to add 1,900 properties to the Municipal Register of Cultural Heritage Resources during a meeting Monday night.
“Being included on the list is not the same as a Heritage Designation,” says City Planner, Joan Jylanne. “The process for building renovations and additions doesn’t change. Only those property owners who plan to remove or demolish a building on the list are required to give the City 60 days notice.”
Those 60 days give the City time to consider whether a listed building is a significant part of the City’s cultural or heritage resources, or if a demolition can proceed. Removing or demolishing an unlisted property requires only 10 to 20 days notice, and doesn’t give the City much time to research a potential heritage property.
“In the time that we’ve been considering this expansion of the Municipal Register, Council has granted three demolition requests for properties in the City’s Cultural Heritage Inventory. We were lucky that the property owners gave us the time to learn more about the buildings before they were gone,” says Councillor Leanne Piper. “Adding these 1,900 properties to the Municipal Register would simply make that research process standard practice.”
Property owners who feel that information included on the Municipal Register is incorrect or that a property does not in fact have cultural or heritage value can apply to have the listing corrected or removed from the Municipal Register.
The Municipal Register of Cultural Heritage Resources and the list of 1,900 added properties are available at heritageguelph.ca or can be viewed at ServiceGuelph in City Hall, 1 Carden St.
For more information
Senior Policy/Heritage Planner
Community Design and Development Services
T 519-822-1260 x 2519