What is a Designated Property?
Under the Ontario Heritage Act, a municipality designates a property when it believes that it merits recognition for its heritage value and that it should be protected so that it is not lost either through poorly conceived renovations or outright demolition. The municipality designates a property because it has value to the community. Its "value" can be measured in different ways. A property may be connected to an important person or event. A property may be prominent as a landmark, such as The Hambly House in Nobleton. By its very presence over a long period of time a property may be deemed integral to the streetscape and to the image people have in their mind as to what the village is. The Ontario Government has prescribed criteria for determining a property's cultural heritage value or interest for the purpose of designation.
Designated properties are not frozen in time. They can be renovated, but because of their value to the community there are some requirements and restrictions: a renovation plan requires review by Heritage Municipal Staff with the objective of avoiding changes to significant heritage features.
What can be designated?
- Buildings and structures
- Archaeological sites and ruins
- Cultural heritage landscapes
- Cemeteries and monuments
- Trees and parks