Perth intends to amend Heritage Conservation bylaw after Shadowfax paint issue

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Posted on: December 6, 2017


Perth town council has recommended that staff publish a Notice of Intention to amend the Heritage Conservation District (HCD) bylaw to state that the painting of wooden façade features does not require a Heritage Permit and that further action with Shadowfax (located at 67 Foster Street) be postponed until the Heritage Conservation District By-Law amendments have been considered by council.

At the Committee of the Whole meeting Dec. 5, it was stressed that this is the first time in five years that a paint issue has been taken to council and that the recommended amendments should be seen as an evolution of the implementation of the HCD bylaw.

Following the Oct. 3 Committee of the Whole meeting, Town of Perth staff were asked to review the Heritage Colour Palette in the bylaw. Heritage expert Carl Bray from Kingston was contacted to obtain his professional opinion.

Bray advised that when considering paint on wooden facades, because it is a “reversible intervention,” it is not necessary to strictly regulate the colour selection. He stated that having a recommended colour palette is advantageous and his experience shows that most building and business owners will follow those recommendations.

Bray stressed that it is important to engage with all the businesses and building owners within the HCD, to ensure that they understand the reasons for the designation and the importance of upholding the HCD principles and guidelines.

The Ontario Heritage Planners network was also approached to help determine how other municipalities with HCDs deal with colour issues. The large majority of municipalities that responded stated that change in colour to wooden facades within their HCDs, was not regulated.

The recommended amendments will be published and paper notices will be sent out to all building owners in the HCD of a public meeting on Jan. 24, 2018 to discuss the recommended changes. Town Staff will then take a recommendation back to council based on the input from the public.