Cultural Heritage Action Plan

The final Cultural Heritage Action Plan (CHAP) was placed on the City Council agenda of October 13. The CHAP report was referred to the January 11, 2021 Committee of the Whole meeting. Find out what’s happening with the CHAP.

About the plan

The City of Guelph’s Cultural Heritage Action Plan (CHAP) identifies cultural heritage landscapes (CHLs) within the city and prioritizes actions to conserve, promote and provide incentives for cultural heritage resources. The CHAP provides advice to help direct staff efforts and contains information to assist Guelph City Council as they make decisions that relate to cultural heritage conservation. The CHAP provides direction for the long-term workplan for the City to fulfill its Official Plan objectives

What are cultural heritage resources?

Cultural heritage resources consist of archaeological resources, built heritage resources or cultural heritage landscapes (CHL). (Source: City of Guelph Official Plan)

Examples of significant cultural heritage landscapes in Guelph are Catholic Hill, the Homewood, the Ontario Reformatory and the Brooklyn and College Hill Heritage Conservation District (HCD).

What’s happening?

The final Cultural Heritage Action Plan (CHAP) was put on the City Council agenda for October 13, 2020 and was referred to the January 11, 2021 Committee of the Whole meeting.

The CHAP report addresses comments and feedback from the community consultation period held from January 2018 to April 2019.

The CHAP identifies the following three candidate cultural heritage landscapes for study: Exhibition Park (CCHL-10), St. George’s Park (CCHL-15) and the Ward West (CCHL-23). It recommends starting with the Ward West candidate CHL to implement Policy 11.1.5.4.3 of the Downtown Secondary Plan, which directs staff to investigate the potential for St. Patrick’s Ward to be designated under the Ontario Heritage Act as a heritage conservation district.

Resources

For more information

To provide comments on the CHAP and related staff report, please submit them by December 1, 2020 to:

Stephen Robinson, Senior Heritage Planner
Planning and Building Services
[email protected]

Key terms

Built heritage resource means one or more significant buildings, structures, landscapes, monuments, installations or remains associated with architectural, cultural, social, political, economic or military history and identified as being important to a community. These resources may be identified through designation or heritage conservation easement under the Ontario Heritage Act, or listed by local, provincial or federal jurisdictions. Built heritage resources include those properties that have been included in the Couling Architectural Inventory as it is completed and as it may be amended. All buildings, structures, landscapes, monuments, installations or visible remains constructed prior to 1927, but not limited to those constructed prior to 1927, shall be considered to be built heritage resources until considered otherwise by Heritage Guelph. (Source: City of Guelph Official Plan)

Conserved means the identification, protection, management and use of built heritage resources, cultural heritage landscapes and archaeological resources in a manner that ensures their cultural heritage value or interest is retained. This may be achieved by the implementation of recommendations set out in a conservation plan, archaeological assessment, and/or heritage impact assessment that has been approved, accepted or adopted by the relevant planning authority and/or decision-maker. Mitigative measures and/or alternative development approaches can be included in these plans and assessments. (Source: Provincial Policy Statement 2020)

Cultural heritage landscape (CHL) means a defined geographical area of heritage significance which has been modified by human activities and is valued by the community. It may involve a grouping(s) of individual heritage features such as structures, spaces, archaeological sites and natural elements, which together form a significant type of heritage form, distinctive from that of its constituent elements or parts. Examples may include, but are not limited to; heritage conservation districts designated under the Ontario Heritage Act, parks, gardens, neighbourhoods, townscapes, farmscapes, battlefields, main streets, cemeteries, trail ways and industrial complexes of cultural heritage value or interest. (Sources: City of Guelph Official Plan; Provincial Policy Statement 2014; Ontario Heritage Toolkit)

Cultural heritage resource means a defined geographical area that may have been modified by human activity and is identified as having cultural heritage value or interest by a community, including an Indigenous community. The area may include features such as buildings, structures, spaces, views, archaeological sites or natural elements that are valued together for their interrelationship, meaning or association. Cultural heritage landscapes may be properties that have been determined to have cultural heritage value or interest under the Ontario Heritage Act, or have been included on federal and/or international registers, and/or protected through official plan, zoning by-law, or other land use planning mechanisms. (Source: Provincial Policy Statement 2020)

Designated property means property designated under Part IV or Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act.

Heritage attributes mean, in relation to real property, and to the buildings and structures on the real property, the attributes that contribute to their cultural heritage value or interest. (Source: Ontario Heritage Act)

It also means the principal features or elements that contribute to a protected heritage property’s cultural heritage value or interest, and may include the property’s built, constructed, or manufactured elements, as well as natural landforms, vegetation, water features, and its visual setting (e.g. significant views or vistas to or from a protected heritage property). (Source: Provincial Policy Statement 2020)

Listed property means property listed as non-designated on the Municipal Register of Cultural Heritage Properties.

Preservation is the action or process of protecting, maintaining, and/or stabilizing the existing materials, form, and integrity of a historic place or of an individual component, while protecting its heritage value. (Source: Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada)

Protected heritage property means property designated under Parts IV, V or VI of the Ontario Heritage Act; property subject to a heritage conservation easement under Parts II or IV of the Ontario Heritage Act; property identified by the Province and prescribed public bodies as provincial heritage property under the Standards and Guidelines for Conservation of Provincial Heritage Properties; property protected under federal legislation, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. (Source: Provincial Policy Statement 2020)

Significant means, in regard to cultural heritage and archaeology, resources that have been determined to have cultural heritage value or interest. Processes and criteria for determining cultural heritage value or interest are established by the Province under the authority of the Ontario Heritage Act. (Source: Provincial Policy Statement 2020)

Background

A draft Cultural Heritage Action Plan (CHAP), including the CHAP Background Report (2018) and the Candidate CHL Inventory Forms, was presented to Council Planning on April 8, 2019 to receive Council’s comment and input and to release a draft for community consultation held on April 24, 2019.

Phase 1 of the Cultural Heritage Action Plan (CHAP) began in January 2018. The CHAP Background Report (2018) was reviewed by Heritage Guelph prior to being finalized and was presented to Council as an information report on August 31, 2018.