January 2020

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Remembering Parks Canada’s Historic Places Initiative

Most of Ontario’s pre-2005 HCDs are invalid and unenforceable. Wait…

Most of Ontario’s pre-2005 HCDs are invalid and unenforceable. Wait…

Just when we thought the status of Heritage Conservation Districts — and their pre-2005 and post-2005 HCD plans — was settled1, along comes an Ontario Municipal Board decision that seems to throw a wrench in the works.

Yes, it’s the OMB, in 2017 actually, when the metamorphosis to Local Planning Appeal Tribunal was still underway. It’s an obscure decision no one much had ever heard of. Too bad it didn’t stay that way.

Lesson from Ancaster — Destruction of a Village Gem

Another guest contributor this time! Shannon Kyles is the owner of ontarioarchitecture.com. She has taught History of Architecture at Mohawk College for many years and is active in Architectural Conservancy Ontario.

Brandon House, Ancaster (Photo credit: Carol Priamo)

Unlawful demolitions and their prosecution (or not) — a Newmarket case study

This time we welcome another guest contributor: Gordon Prentice.

Gordon is the past president of the Newmarket Branch of Architectural Conservancy Ontario. He was a Labour MP at Westminster from 1992-2010. Since coming to live in Canada he has blogged on local politics, planning and development issues at www.shrinkslessorsquare.ca.

Cultural heritage in the PPS, 2020 — some good tweaks

The new Provincial Policy Statement, 2020, replacing the PPS, 2014, comes into force on May 1, 2020.1

What do you need to know?

Is the LPAT up to the job?

The last posts for 2019 looked at two recent cases of the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) involving the potential demolition of a built heritage resource.1 In both cases the Tribunal determined that demolition was not inconsistent with the “shall be conserved” policy of the Provincial Policy Statement.

About Dan Schneider

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Dan Schneider is a heritage enthusiast, policy wonk, writer and professional heritage consultant. Formerly senior policy advisor with the provincial culture ministry, Dan has much experience with the Ontario Heritage Act and heritage policy issues. A lawyer by training, he was lead policy expert on major changes to the Ontario Heritage Act in 2005 and 2006. His advice is frequently sought on questions related to Ontario's legislative and policy framework for heritage. Based in St. Marys, Ontario, Dan is Principal of Dan Schneider Heritage Consulting. He can be reached at danschneider@live.ca.