HERITAGE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Under Section 28 of the Ontario Heritage Act, Council is authorized to establish, through by-law, one Municipal Heritage Committee that is made up of five or more people.
Under the Act, Council is also empowered to:
Designate individual property and designate districts or areas
Issue or refuse permits to alter or demolish a designated property
Repeal designation by-laws
Purchase or lease individually designated Property
Expropriate designated property
Provide grants and loans to designated property owners
Enter into easements and covenants with property owners
Institute a prosecution for failure to comply with a designation by-law
The Bluewater Heritage Committee, as an advisory Committee of council, is to be representative of the community and, as such, is recognized as the legitimate vehicle for co-ordinating and conveying community concerns. The Committee plays an important role by enabling the community to participate more directly in the decision-making process.
and Terms of Reference
In general, the role of the Committee is a dual responsibility:
To the Municipality - to advise council on heritage issues as defined by the statutory requirements of the Ontario Heritage Act as noted above and the requirements set out in the Heritage Section of the Official Plan as well as other assigned duties as defined by Council
To the citizens - to help ensure that plans for change and progress are developed in a manner that recognizes the historical continuity of the community.
The Bluewater Heritage Committee invites interested people from Bayfield, Hensall, Zurich and surrounding areas to join this committee. Our mandate is to promote the preservation and maintenance of architectural and/or historic buildings, cultural landscapes and natural heritage features. This group is a subcommittee of the Bluewater council.
We have monthly evening meetings and would welcome anyone with similar interests. Please contact the Municipal Office at 519-236-4351 for more information. All meetings are open to the public. Bluewater and Goderich to host 2019 Ontario Heritage ConferenceBluewater seeks Ontario Heritage Conference
The Heritage Committee has scheduled its next meeting for January 9, 2018. View the Agenda
To view the 2018 Meeting Calendar, please click on the following link: 2018 Meeting Calendar
Committee Meeting Minutes
Registry of Bluewater Heritage PropertiesHeritage Approval application form
Heritage Plaque Information, Criteria and Application Form