How do heritage properties get designated?
Properties are designated through the Ontario Heritage Act. The process for designation is as follows:
- Property owner approaches Heritage Committee through Planning and Building Services Department with request to designate property
- Request should be made in writing providing owner's consent to proceed
- Heritage Committee evaluates owner's request based on "Rating System for Built Heritage Resources" and makes recommendations through Planning and Building Services staff if the evaluation results warrant
- A report is then prepared by Planning and Building Services staff to City Council based upon recommendations made by Heritage Committee
- If the recommendation is approved by City Council, a Notice of Intent to Designate is published in the newspaper (St. Catharines Standard), on the City website, and served to the owner of the property and Ontario Heritage Foundation
- If, after 30 days, no notices of objection to the designation are filed with the City Clerk, a by-law designating the property is passed by City Council
- Once the by-law is passed, a Notice of Passing of the By-law is published in the newspaper (St. Catharines Standard) on the City's website, and served to the owner and Ontario Heritage Foundation. Then the by-law takes effect.
The process takes approximately three to four months.