Report to/Rapport au:
Planning and Environment Committee
and Council/et au Conseil
Submitted by/Soumis par: Chair/président Dr. Jay Baltz
Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee/
Comité consultatif sur la conservation de l’architecture locale
Contact/Personne-ressource: RH.A. Tremblay
Committee Coordinator/coordonnateur du comité
Ref N°: ACS2006-CCV-LAC-0001
SUBJECT: LOCAL ARCHITECTURAL CONSERVATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE – 2005 ANNUAL REPORT AND 2006 WORK PLAN
OBJET: COMITÉ CONSULTATIF SUR LA CONSERVATION DE L’ARCHITECTURE LOCALE – RAPPORT ANNUEL DE 2005 ET PLAN DE TRAVAIL 2006
That the Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee recommend that the Planning and Environment Committee recommend Council:
a) Receive the 2005 Annual Report of the Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee as detailed in Attachment 1; and
b) Approve the objectives contained in the 2006 workplan, as detailed in Attachment 2.
Que le Comité consultatif sur la conservation de l’architecture locale recommande au Comité de l’urbanisme et de l’environnement de recommander au Conseil :
a) de recevoir le Rapport annuel de 2005 du Comité consultatif sur la conservation de l’architecture locale, tel que décrit à la pièce jointe no 1;
b) d’approuver les objectifs qui sont présentés dans le plan de travail 2006, tel que décrit à la pièce jointe no 2.
City Council, 3 December 2003, reconfirmed its governance structure. This included the advisory committees, and the requirement for each to complete a workplan outlining proposed projects and activities for the upcoming year. The workplan is to identify each and every activity the Committee plans to undertake in the upcoming year, whether they have a budgetary impact or not. The item should be identified, a brief description of the project or activity should be noted, and the anticipated timing of the item should be provided.
The Lead Department Representatives are to provide the Committee with information on the departmental workplan and priorities, where the workplans of the Committees tie into that workplan, and where the Committee can assist the Department. The Lead Department Representative will also advise on what staff and/or financial resources are available as part of departmental priorities.
At its meeting of 26 January 2006, the Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee approved its 2005 annual report and 2006 work plan.
The mandate of the Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee is to advise City Council on matters relating to Ottawa’s Heritage (pursuant to the Ontario Heritage Act), specifically on issues of built heritage, including cultural heritage landscapes. The complete Terms of Reference can be found at Attachment 3 of this report.
The Planning and Growth Management Department was consulted and following comments were received:
The Department of Planning and Growth Management, as the lead City Department for the Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee (LACAC), is involved with and supportive of the activities of LACAC reflected in this annual report and proposed workplan. The workplan objectives are intended for implementation by LACAC itself with advice and input from Corporate Services and Planning and Growth Management where possible and as appropriate.
The following activities described in the LACAC workplan are administered and paid for by the Department of Planning and Growth Management as part of its Departmental workplan and budget with the advice of LACAC: the heritage designation of buildings and areas under the Ontario Heritage Act (Objective 1, Activity 2); heritage grants for the restoration of heritage properties (Objective 3, Activity 1); heritage plaques for designated heritage buildings and areas (Objectivity 3, Activity 2); the Ottawa Architectural Conservation Awards (Objective 3, Activity 3). In addition, the Department provides approximately $300 to LACAC for the implementation of the Heritage Farmsteads Recognition Program (Objective 4, Activity 2).
Funds are available for the continued work on the second edition of the LACAC publication (2006 Workplan Objective 4, Activity 1) within LACAC’s in-trust account. There are no financial implications associated with any of the other 2006 Workplan Objectives.
Attachment 1 – 2005 Annual Report of the Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee
Attachment 2 – Proposed 2006 Workplan of the Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee
Attachment 3 – Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee Terms of Reference
City Clerks Branch staff will forward the recommendations approved by the Planning and Environment Committee to City Council for ratification.
Annual Report 2004/2005
The Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee (LACAC) is mandated to advise City Council on matters relating to Ottawa’s Heritage, including:
· Identifying properties and areas in the City of Ottawa that may deserve protection;
· Providing City Council with advice on applications to alter designated heritage properties and new construction in heritage districts;
· Advising property owners on appropriate conservation and maintenance practices and;
· Promoting heritage conservation within the community;
· Advocating on behalf of threatened heritage resources.
Since its inception in August 2001, the LACAC has met twice monthly to receive public delegations, to make recommendations to City Council on applications and matters relative to the Ontario Heritage Act, and to discuss issues relative to Ottawa’s built heritage. Increasingly, the Committee’s work is accomplished by a number of sub-committees and working groups:
· Design & Designation; · Publicly Owned Heritage;
· Recent Heritage; · Awareness;
· Budget; · Development Review;
· Architectural Conservation Awards; · Heritage Ottawa Development Inc.;
· Heritage Farmsteads; · Book;
· LRT North-South & East-West; · Bank Street Improvements PAC;
· Community Heritage Recognition Awards.
In its 2004-2005 Workplan, LACAC established four (4) main objectives:
1. Advise City Council on matters relating to Ottawa’s heritage, including providing City Council with advice on statutory matters under the Ontario Heritage Act and assisting staff in the Planning and Development Department on specific projects (Heritage Grants, Heritage Conservation Awards);
2. Advise City Council on issues related to Development, Community Design and Heritage Conservation;
3. Advise City Council on programs, policies and activities specific to heritage conservation; and
4. Promote heritage awareness within the community and undertake activities to draw attention to specific built heritage resources.
The following is a summary of the activities and accomplishments of the LACAC from September 2004 to October 2005.
Objective 1: Advise City Council on statutory matters under the Ontario Heritage Act, functioning as the municipal heritage committee under the terms of that Act.
§ Reviewed a total of 13 statutory applications under the Ontario Heritage Act (OHA) dealing with alterations, demolitions as well as new construction. This number includes properties designated under parts IV (individually-designated properties) and V (heritage conservation districts) of the Act.
§ Applications under Part V of the OHA dealt with properties within the Rockcliffe Park Heritage Conservation District (HCD), the Centretown HCD, Lowertown West HCD, the Sandy Hill West HCD, the By Ward Market HCD, and the New Edinburgh HCD.
§ The committee also reviewed four applications to designate buildings under Part IV of the OHA and recommended that a by-law be passed to study the Lorne Avenue Heritage Conservation District as a potential heritage conservation district.
§ The Development Review Sub-Committee reviewed and provided detailed comments and / or objections on 18 sub-division, site plan control, and zoning applications. This sub-committee also reviewed approximately 131 Committee of Adjustment applications for variances of designated heritage properties and properties of heritage interest, providing detailed comments on 25 of them.
§ To date, LACAC assessed and approved 37 heritage grants for building restoration work.
§ LACAC repealed one Part IV designation; recommended amending the boundary of the Centretown Heritage Conservation District; and recommended adjusting the site boundary of the Rideau Branch Library.
§ The committee reviewed and recommended support for nomination of the Ottawa River as a Canadian Heritage River by the Canadian Heritage Rivers Board.
Objective 2: Advise City Council on issues related to Development, Community Design and Heritage Conservation.
§ LACAC received the following presentations: the mandate and activities of Historic Ottawa Development Inc.; Preserving Modern Heritage Landscapes – The Garden of the Provinces, presented by Conservation Landscape Architect John Zvonar; and Ottawa's Heritage Bridges: Renovation/Restoration Projects of the Recent Past, presented by a LACAC representative, and former engineer with the City.
§ The committee was consulted on preliminary plans for new construction in the By Ward Market Heritage Conservation District; the retention of Dunlop House in Riverside South community; and the relocation of March House.
§ Representatives of LACAC attended and provided input into the City’s Public Consultation Group for the North-South Corridor LRT Priority Project Environmental Assessment Study, as well as the City’s Public Advisory Committee for the Bank Street Improvement Environmental Assessment Study.
Objective 3: Advise City Council on programs, policies and activities specific to heritage conservation.
§ The Budget Sub-Committee provided written comments on the 2005 and 2006 Draft Budgets, and made presentation to Council.
§ The City of Ottawa Architectural Conservation Awards Selection Panel reviewed submissions to the annual competition, visited properties of all reviewed submissions, and made recommendations for awards.
§ At the initiative of LACAC, the Committee received a presentation on the disposal of city-owned property and the potential impact on heritage resources. Proposals for disposal of City property will henceforth be circulated to LACAC for review and comment.
§ The Design and Designation Sub-Committee monitored the development of the New Comprehensive Zoning By-Law.
§ The committee received a presentation on the City-owned Belltown Dome skating rink, and its eligibility for Heritage Designation; the Recent Heritage Sub-Committee continues to monitor the issue.
§ The committee reviewed a Council motion related to City-owned property and its compliance with the Ontario Heritage Act and potential impediment to future designations of City-owned property. Correspondence was forwarded to His Worship the Mayor and Council addressing LACAC’s concerns.
§ The Publicly-Owned Heritage Sub-committee reviewed and provided comments on correspondence and statements of heritage value for schools of heritage significance.
§ A representative of LACAC attended and provided input into a provincial consultation session on regulations and guidelines under the new Ontario Heritage Act.
§ The committee received presentations on the following City policies and programs: the Ottawa Farmstead Recognition Program, the New Comprehensive Zoning By-law, and the Protection of Trees in Heritage Conservation Districts.
Objective 4: Promote heritage awareness within the community and undertake activities to draw attention to specific built heritage resources.
§ The Plaque Sub-Committee reviewed the text for eight heritage plaques to be installed on selected designated heritage buildings throughout the city in 2005/2006.
§ A representative of LACAC reviewed and reported on the City of Ottawa policy and those of other municipal jurisdictions in dealing with Leda Clay and heritage trees; the committee is collaborating with the Ottawa Forests and Greenspace Advisory Committee to develop of a Heritage Tree Recognition Program and to promote the review of the City’s existing policies regarding the removal of trees in Leda clay soil.
§ The Heritage Farmsteads Sub-Committee met regularly with staff and continued compiling an extensive survey of farm complexes within the City of Ottawa. It developed promotional brochures for distribution to farmstead owners. The Sub-Committee also identified eligible farmsteads for recognition under this new program.
§ LACAC retained membership in Community Heritage Ontario, the Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa, and Heritage Ottawa.
§ The Heritage Community Recognition Awards Selection Panel worked with the Arts, Culture & Heritage Advisory Committee to recommend nominees for the Ontario Heritage Foundation’s Heritage Community Recognition Program 2005.
§ The Book Sub-Committee began research and production of a second edition of Ottawa: A Guide to Heritage Structures, which would include designated properties under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act throughout the new City of Ottawa.
§ The Awareness Sub-Committee is continuing to distribute Ottawa, A Guide to Heritage Structures, a book published by Ottawa’s previous LACAC, to local bookstores for sale.
§ The Awareness Sub-Committee pledged sponsorship to the Urban Forum Steering Committee for its 2005-2006 Urban Forum Lecture Series (lecture to be co-organized in spring 2006).
§ The Awareness and Recent Heritage Sub-Committees initiated research and design of a third series of bookmarks with a special emphasis on buildings of recent heritage significance in Ottawa.
§ The Design and Designation Sub-Committee prepared a letter outlining LACAC’s role as it relates to the designation process, and circulated the letter to 163 Community Associations.
Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee
The mandate of LACAC is to advise City Council on matters relating to Ottawa’s Heritage, specifically on issues of built heritage, including cultural heritage landscapes. To guide its work throughout 2006, the LACAC has prioritized and defined its objectives as follows, has created eight sub-committees to assist with its work, and will create working groups where necessary to handle issues as they arise.
This objective relates directly to Section 28 of the Ontario Heritage Act, which authorises a municipal council to establish a municipal heritage committee, by means of a by-law, and defines the committee's statutory role as advising and assisting Council on all matters relating to Part IV (Conservation of property of cultural heritage value or interest), Part V (Heritage Conservation Districts), and such other matters as specified by municipal by-law.
Activity 1: Review, as part of regular meeting agendas, statutory applications in order to provide advice to Council, through the Planning and Environment Committee. These applications include the alteration and/or demolition of designated properties, new construction in heritage districts and the designation of buildings and districts.
Activity 2: Recommend properties or districts for designation under the Ontario Heritage Act. Advise City Council on the identification, evaluation and conservation of built heritage properties and areas.
Responsibility: LACAC and Design & Designation Sub-Committee
Activity 3: Assist and provide advice on the Heritage Conservation District Studies for new areas under review for designation under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act.
Responsibility: Lorne Avenue HCD Study Liaison
Central Park HCD Study Liaison
Sandy Hill HCD Study Liaison
This objective relates to LACAC’s mandate, which includes the promotion of heritage conservation within the community and advocating on behalf of threatened heritage resources. Specifically, LACAC will comment on development applications affecting heritage resources and participate in Community Design Plans for main streets, villages and mixed-use centres. Through partnerships, LACAC will pursue activities to promote heritage conservation and good maintenance practices.
Activity 1: Review major planning applications such as Site Plan Control, Demolition Control, Zoning and Official Plan Amendments, and applications to Committee of Adjustment and provide comments to the appropriate body, as required.
Responsibility: Development Review Sub-Committee
Activity 2: Advise on built heritage issues with respect to Official Plan Policies, Community Design Plans, and design strategies.
Responsibility: Design & Designation Sub-Committee
Activity 3: In conjunction with partners such as Historic Ottawa Development Inc., Heritage Ottawa and the Ottawa-Carleton Home Builders Association, encourage property owners to support heritage conservation and good maintenance practices. Collaborate with HODI by providing technical expertise on the restoration and reconstruction of heritage stone arches in the Village of Rockcliffe Park.
Responsibility: LACAC and Historic Ottawa Development Inc. Liaisons
LACAC intends to continue to provide advice to staff on various City Council approved programs and activities, such as the Plaque Program, Heritage Grants and City of Ottawa Architectural Conservation Awards. LACAC will be called upon to review texts for new heritage designation plaques. The committee will continue to monitor the implementation of the Official Plan, Arts & Heritage Master Plan, and new Comprehensive Zoning By-Law.
Activity 1: Review and recommend approval of Heritage Grants, whereby the owners of any designated property can apply for grants to make improvements to that property.
Responsibility: Chair or Vice Chair
Activity 2: Review texts for new plaques under the Heritage Plaque Program.
Responsibility: Heritage Plaques Sub-Committee
Activity 3: Review nominated projects for the City of Ottawa Architectural Conservation Awards and provide advice to staff as to the recipients.
Responsibility: Architectural Conservation Awards Selection Panel
Activity 4: Participate in the Doors Open Ottawa initiative, Heritage Day activities and an Urban Forum lecture on built heritage.
Responsibility: LACAC and Awareness Sub-Committee
Activity 5: Monitor the implementation of the Official Plan, Secondary Plans, Heritage Master Plan, and Comprehensive Zoning By-Law as well as advise City Council on issues of concern or interest.
Responsibility: Design and Designation Sub-Committee
Activity 6: Continue to provide input and monitor the implementation of the Light Rail Transit projects commenting on issues that reflect LACAC's concerns and values.
Responsibility: Publicly Owned Heritage Sub-Committee
Activity 7: Continue to provide input and monitor the implementation of the major infrastructure improvements for Bank Street between the Rideau Canal and Wellington Street.
Responsibility: Design and Designation Sub-Committee
The LACAC intends to continue its work related to Recent Heritage, Heritage Farmsteads and Publicly Owned Heritage. The committee takes seriously its advocacy role on behalf of threatened heritage resources and will continue links with Heritage Ottawa, Historic Ottawa Development Inc., The Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa, and the Arts, Heritage & Culture Advisory Committee. This is an important objective because conservation of our heritage buildings, over the longer term, is largely dependant on the success of efforts to increase awareness of these resources. If the public comes to see heritage structures as valuable in their community, they are more likely to be supportive of efforts to conserve them.
Activity 1: With funds provided by Council and proceeds from the sale of the first edition, continue work on the second edition of the LACAC publication “Ottawa: A Guide to Heritage Structures.” Continue to fill orders from local retailers for the first edition.
Responsibility: Book Sub-Committee
Activity 2: LACAC recognizes that there is a need to bring attention to rural
history and rural architecture. LACAC
will continue its work on the Heritage Farmstead Recognition Program with the
intent of recognizing farmsteads and farm buildings of exceptional historical
and architectural significance. On the
basis of an ongoing inventory of farm buildings, the Heritage Farmstead
Responsibility: Heritage Farmstead Sub-Committee
Activity 3: Focus on heritage from the period of rapid growth of the City (post World War II) during the 1940s, 50s and 60s. The former City of Ottawa LACAC has forwarded an extensive collection of photographs taken by a research consultant. The Recent Heritage Sub-Committee will make the photo inventory usable by categorizing, filling in research gaps, and then working with interested members of the community to have some examples from this inventory designated in the near future.
Responsibility: Recent Heritage Sub-Committee
Activity 4: Monitor plans and proposals of public bodies, including the Federal Government and its crown corporations such as the National Capital Commission. The Federal Government and its crown corporations are powerful influences on the built environment of the entire city and it is advisable that the LACAC make an effort to remain up to date with such plans in order to advise City Council of any issues that may have an impact upon the City’s heritage. LACAC will monitor the disposal and maintenance of City-owned heritage properties and City-owned properties adjacent to heritage resources. The sub-committee will also study and make recommendations relative to properties owned by other public bodies, such as school boards.
Responsibility: Publicly Owned Heritage Sub-Committee
Activity 5: Provide the City of Ottawa with information relative to LACAC’s activities, to be included on the heritage section of the City’s website and participate in the pilot project, which will allow advisory committees to have increased content on the website. .
Responsibility: Awareness Sub-Committee
Activity 6: Review and recommend nominees for the Community Heritage Recognition Program. In collaboration with the Arts, Heritage & Culture Advisory Committee and with input from the local heritage community, encourage the nomination of worthy individuals or small project groups for acknowledgement under the Ontario Heritage Foundation’s Community Heritage Recognition Program. The sub-committee will reach out to the community for nominations, review the submissions and recommend one nominee in each category for Council approval.
Responsibility: Community Heritage Recognition Program Sub-Committee
Activity 7: Maintain membership in the following heritage organisations: Heritage Ottawa, Council of Community Heritage Organisations and Heritage Ontario. Ensure communication with the Arts, Heritage & Culture Advisory Committee, The Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa, Heritage Ottawa and Historic Ottawa Development Inc., allowing for information sharing, collaboration, support and partnerships.
Responsibility: Arts, Heritage and Culture Advisory Committee Liaisons
The Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa
Heritage Ottawa Liaisons
Heritage Ottawa Development Inc. Liaisons
Activity 8: Collaborate with the Ottawa Forests and Greenspace Advisory Committee in the development and future implementation of a Notable Tree Recognition Program and monitoring the implementation of the City’s revised policy with regards to the removal of trees in Leda clay soil.
Responsibility: Ottawa Forests and Greenspace Advisory Committee Liaisons
Activity 9: LACAC will provide technical expertise for the Birkenfels Gates restoration project in Rockcliffe Park.
Responsibility: Rockcliffe Park Gates Restoration Liaisons
Terms of Reference
mandate of LACAC is to advise City Council on matters relating to Ottawa’s
Heritage (pursuant to the Ontario Heritage Act), specifically on issues
of built heritage, including cultural heritage landscapes. This would include identifying
properties and areas in the City of Ottawa that may deserve protection;
providing City Council with advice on applications to alter designated heritage
properties and new construction in heritage districts; advising property owners
on appropriate conservation and maintenance practices;
The LACAC shall be responsible for:
acting as City Council’s liaison on
heritage matters under the Ontario Heritage Act and functioning as the municipal heritage
heritage committee under the terms of that Act
· recommending properties for designation under the Ontario Heritage Act;
· advising City Council on the identification, evaluation and conservation of built heritage properties and areas;
· advising City Council on current heritage conservation legislation as well as available funding sources
· assisting City Council in the preparation of municipal legislation and policies to conserve heritage properties and areas;
· advising and assisting City Council in the preparation of criteria for programs of financial assistance for the restoration of built heritage properties;
implementing City Council-approved
programs and activities to increase public awareness and knowledge of heritage
conservation issues related to the built
advocating on behalf of the
preservation and conservation of
an appropriate yearly work program with measurable objectives clearly defined
and consistent with the City’s pla nning process;
The LACAC may,
from time to time, choose to establish sub-committees or task forces to deal
with issues that relate directly to their mandate.
These sub-committees or task forces
must be approved by the Planning
and Environment Committee and must draw at least one-third of
their membership from the main committee. These sub-committees
could have responsibility for the following:
recommending properties or areas
local communitywhich should be considered by the LACAC for
H eritage properties or areas for review and discussion by
researching properties being proposed
for listing or designation as
Heritage Properties or Areas, public programs
and other preservation-related issues;
providing for public awareness and
promotion of issues relating to
Heritage Properties or Areas in
cooperation with other heritage groups, as required;
· arranging to erect plaques and/or markers on community sites of local interest;
providing for local community
activities recognizing the efforts of citizens to protect, preserve or promote
· providing comments to the main LACAC on major planning issues such as rezonings, etc. affecting built heritage resources;
· such other duties relating to built heritage preservation issues as may otherwise be assigned to it by Council.
LACAC shall have a membership of 9-15 and shall include the following:
· Up to 9-15 members at large (including those with expertise, interest and knowledge in history and/or architecture).
· A minimum of one citizen appointment representing the rural community.
The LACAC shall have in a resource, liaison and/or advisory capacity, the following:
· 1 Staff representative from the Development Services Department (non-voting)
· A minimum of 1 member of Ottawa City Council, appointed by Council to act as liaison (non-voting)
All appointments to the LACAC shall be approved by both the Planning and Environment Committee and Ottawa City Council.
The process for choosing membership for the LACAC will follow the approved Appointments Policy.
LEAD DEPARTMENT/REPORTING RELATIONSHIP
The lead department for LACAC shall be the Development Services Department. The LACAC shall report through the Planning and Environment Committee to Ottawa City Council.
The Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee must report annually to City Council through the Planning and Environment Committee (timing to be determined by the Chair, Advisory Committee Coordinator and City Clerk) on the activities of the Committee in the current year and on the Committee’s workplan for the following year.