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Town of Milton Council has approved a list of more than 1,000 properties that are of historic or architectural value or interest, known as the Heritage List.
The Heritage List covers a wide variety of properties that have a range of heritage significance. These can include houses, barns, churches, parks, war memorials, pioneer cemeteries, stores and some industrial buildings. Some are of limited heritage value, while a few properties are worthy of Heritage Designation under S.29 of the Ontario Heritage Act.
The Heritage List allows Heritage Milton and staff to easily identify properties of potential heritage value when they are affected by development proposals.
The Heritage List is a useful tool to help the Town consider the affect of development proposals on the preservation of significant heritage resources, in accordance with the Provincial policy statements.
A Heritage Permit is not required to do alterations to a building that is included on the Heritage List. However, we recommend speaking to Town staff prior to undertaking any building alterations, to ensure that the heritage attributes of the listed property are not harmed. Studies have shown that there are economic and environmental advantages in retaining and properly maintaining these heritage attributes.
Many of the properties on the Heritage List are located in Milton's downtown Character Area.
In order to conserve the unique historic character of this area, Site plan approval is normally required for new additions and new buildings within the character area. (Schedule D of the Official Plan shows the location of the Character Area.)
Site plan applications for proposals affecting the Character Area are reviewed by Heritage Milton.
Heritage Milton views all proposals to demolish buildings and structures on the Heritage List. A Heritage Impact Assessment is normally required when such applications are submitted, in order for the heritage significance of the listed building to be fully understood and taken into account when considering a demolition request.
Town Staff and Heritage Milton can offer advice and guidance relating to heritage preservation, and owners of heritage properties are encouraged to contact staff prior to undertaking any works.
The Heritage List is not static. It is revised regularly to take into account changing addresses, old properties that are discovered, buildings that are demolished, and evolving knowledge and perspectives of our local history.
The owners of properties that contain buildings or structures that were built before the Second World War are strongly advised to contact staff to determine whether their property is included on the Heritage List and whether it is of heritage significance.