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Built Heritage Sub-Committee

Terms of Reference


The mandate of the Built Heritage Sub-Committee is to advise and assist Council on matters relating to Parts IV and V of the Ontario Heritage Act, and such other heritage matters as Council may specify by by-law or as specified in the City’s Official Plan.


The Committee shall meet monthly to review applications under the Ontario Heritage Act. The Committee shall also have:

  1. The authority to recommend to Council, through the appropriate Standing Committee, opportunities to issue notice of intent to designate heritage properties; and
  2. The ability to be consulted by staff and/or have matters referred to it by other Standing Committees relative to the built heritage portfolio; and,
  3. The ability to comment on Zoning By-law amendments and Official Plan amendments that involve designated heritage buildings.


The Built Heritage Sub-Committee shall be organized as follows:

  • Five (5) Members of Council including at least:
    • One (1) member of the Planning Committee
    • One (1) member of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee; and,
    • One (1) member of Council whose ward encompasses a Heritage Conservation District; and,
  • Four (4) citizen members, with appropriate experience, appointed by Council with at least one of the citizen members that resides within a Heritage Conservation District.

The Mayor is an ex-officio member of the Sub-Committee.

Reporting Relationship

The Built Heritage Sub-Committee has the authority to recommend the following matters directly to Council, without consideration by the Planning Committee or Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee (ARAC):

  • Approval of additions to the Heritage Register;
  • Approval of annual staff reports regarding removal of properties from the Heritage Register, as required under Section 4.1 of the Heritage Register Procedures;
  • Approval for alteration, demolition, or new construction for buildings designated under Part IV or V of the Ontario Heritage Act where there are no associated Zoning By-law or Official Plan amendments;
  • Approval of a staff recommendation for Part IV designations where there are no associated Planning Act applications; and
  • Approval of a staff recommendation for the creation of new Heritage Conservation Districts.

For all other matters, the Built Heritage Sub-Committee shall report through the Planning Committee or ARAC to City Council; however, it may also report to another Standing Committee where appropriate, depending on the issue.

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