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M E M O / N O T E D E S E R V I C E
Information previously distributed / Information distribué auparavant
TO: Mayor and Me...
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The purpose of this memorandum is to provide Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee
with background information o...
Once the new inventory is complete, the ultimate goal of the project is to add these
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Launching the Heritage Reference List Strategic Initiative

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The purpose of this memorandum is to provide Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee with background information on the Heritage Reference List Strategic Initiative and its implications for the rural area.

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Launching the Heritage Reference List Strategic Initiative

  1. 1. M E M O / N O T E D E S E R V I C E Information previously distributed / Information distribué auparavant TO: Mayor and Members of Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee DESTINATAIRE : Maire et membres du Comité de l’agriculture et des affaires rurales FROM: Michael Mizzi Acting General Manager, Planning and Growth Management (613) 580-2424, 15788 Michael.Mizzi@ottawa.ca Contact : Lee Ann Snedden Acting Chief, Development Review Services, Planning and Growth Management (613) 580-2424, 25779 LeeAnn.Snedden@ottawa.ca EXPÉDITEUR : Michael Mizzi Directeur général par intérim, Urbanisme et Gestion de la croissance (613) 580-2424, 15788 Michael.Mizzi@ottawa.ca Personne ressource : Lee Ann Snedden Chef par intérim, Services d'examen demandes d'aménagement-Services, Urbanisme et Gestion de la croissance (613) 580-2424, 25779 LeeAnn.Snedden@ottawa.ca DATE: January 21, 2016 21 janvier 2016 FILE NUMBER: ACS2016-PAI-PGM-0036 SUBJECT: Launching the Heritage Reference List Strategic Initiative OBJET : Lancement de l’Initiative stratégique relative à la Liste de référence des biens à valeur patrimoniale
  2. 2. PURPOSE The purpose of this memorandum is to provide Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee with background information on the Heritage Reference List Strategic Initiative and its implications for the rural area. BACKGROUND On July 8, 2015 Council approved the Term of Council Priorities for 2015–2018, which included the Heritage Reference List Strategic Initiative. While the strategic initiative consists of two separate components; reviewing the heritage reference list and initiating heritage conservation district studies, the reference list is the sole component with rural implications. As such, the Heritage Conservation District Studies will not be discussed in this memorandum. The Heritage Reference List was created to provide city staff and the public with a comprehensive list of buildings with heritage value throughout the municipality. Inclusion on the Heritage Reference List, which now numbers about 10,000 buildings; however, offers no protection to the buildings listed. The initial list was developed in the 1980s. After amalgamation in 2001, all buildings that had been listed from the former municipalities were added to the amalgamated City’s Heritage Reference List. The inventories and lists from the former municipalities had been compiled over a long period of time, using a variety of methodologies. Since the initial inventories were completed, buildings have been added on an ongoing basis. Conversely, buildings have been demolished and not removed from the list. In addition, while the list is intended for use by the public as well as staff, the public cannot access it easily and it is not available online. DISCUSSION Through the Heritage Reference List Strategic Initiative all areas of the city will be reviewed, starting with the area inside the greenbelt. Distinct historically relevant neighbourhoods, villages or rural areas will be researched and the heritage value of buildings therein will be evaluated in relation to the local context. In addition to buildings, other heritage resources, such as bridges and parks, will be reviewed and their cultural heritage value analyzed. Today’s rural Ottawa is planned for completion in 2017 to ensure that cultural heritage resources representing original townships within the current rural context have been identified.
  3. 3. Once the new inventory is complete, the ultimate goal of the project is to add these cultural heritage resources to the Council approved Heritage Register, and eliminate the Heritage Reference List in accordance with the Ontario Heritage Act. Members of the public, property owners and buyers, community associations and the development community will benefit from the new Heritage Register as it will bring clarity to what has cultural heritage value, and what does not. Finally, the Register will be available to the public on Ottawa.ca. A publicly available document will enable easy identification of resources with cultural heritage value when evaluating potential development sites. Questions regarding the Heritage Reference List Strategic Initiative should be directed to Sally Coutts, Coordinator, Heritage Services, at extension 13474. Original signed by Michael Mizzi CC: Don Herweyer, Acting Manager, Development Review Services

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