In it, he tried to show the difference between an ‘historic’ vs ‘heritage’ designation and also how a small group of people spread its own interpretation between the two with little fact.
Former Vice-Deputy Mayor and Chair of the Municipal Heritage Committee, Diane Huber, has since provided more clarification between the two.
‘Listed’ properties on the Municipal Heritage register are only protected via a 60-day delay on a demolition permit application being approved. Normally, a demolition permit is available within 10 days. The idea is that with a 60-day delay, there is time for Council to decide to pursue ‘historic’ designation if they choose to follow that process.
“DESIGNATED” (historic) properties however are different:
There is only a handful of designated properties in Saugeen Shores, under the Provincial Heritage Act, that have protection on actual buildings.
Of the 11 properties on the list, only 2 – TWO are in Port Elgin and they are both municipally owned – the Port Elgin (Carnegie) Public Library and Nodwell Park.
In Southampton, one is owned by Bruce County (the old school that is part of the Museum). Another two in Southampton are owned by the Town (the Art School and the Town Hall).
The others are residential units and all in Southampton.
According to Huber, “NO property in our community has been designated under the Heritage Act since amalgamation occurred. The last ones were in 1998 – 21 years ago.”