Committee recommends removing properties from Heritage Register to comply with Provincial legislation

Published on
February 13, 2024
Council, committees and City Hall

The Built Heritage Committee today supported removing 465 properties from the City’s Municipal Heritage Register.

The City is removing properties in phases to ensure Ottawa’s register complies with the Ontario Heritage Act. The Act was recently changed and any properties left on the register would be automatically removed at the end of 2024. They could not be re-listed or designated as heritage properties for a period of five years. Removing them in advance will provide the City with more flexibility to protect these properties in the coming years.

This is the first of several reports that will remove the majority of the 4,600 non-designated properties listed on the Municipal Heritage Register. The register provides protection from demolition for the properties listed, all of which have been deemed to have cultural heritage value.

This first report recommends removing listed properties within wards 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24. Once removed, these properties can be re-added at any time, for a two-year period.

The Committee also recommended approving the application for new construction and landscaping at 235 Mariposa Avenue, within the Rockcliffe Park Heritage Conservation District. A two-and-a-half-storey, stucco-clad house that was built in the mid-1950s was recently demolished at this site, without the appropriate permits. The building had been serving as the High Commission Residence for Uganda.

Council approved an earlier application for alterations and additions to this property in 2020. The current application was submitted because the owner wishes to proceed with construction using the approved 2020 design, but with increased ceiling heights and minor modifications for Building Code compliance. The design continues to meet the policies and guidelines in the heritage district. The enforcement process resulting from the unapproved demolition will proceed separately.

Items from today’s meeting will rise to Council on Wednesday, February 21.

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