Eight properties become Properties of Interest

Jennifer Miller chats with Malcolm Morris
Jennifer Miller, Economic Development and Tourism Manager, chats with Malcolm Morris, CAO, before Committee of the Whole Monday night in Smiths Falls. Photo credit: Sally Smith
Posted on: June 4, 2019

At Committee of the Whole Monday night, council was asked to add eight properties to the Properties of Interest Registry.

Senior Planner Karl Grenke introduced the topic and Tony Humphrey of the Municipal Heritage Committee then took some time describing the location of the properties.

These include: Washburn Block, J.M. Clark Hardware Store, Alexander Clark House, Rideau Theatre Building, Matthew Ryan House, Adam Foster House, John B. Ward House and Simpson House.

Councillors supported Grenke’s resolution to add the properties to the Registry. The Properties of Interest Registry was initially established in 2014 under the Ontario Heritage Act. Currently it has nine listed properties; adding properties to the registry delays the review of any proposed demolition permits for a period of up to 60 days.

This allows discussion between the town and owner to review the heritage potential of the building, and options to allow preservation.

A Properties of Interest designation does not designate the property under the Ontario Heritage Act; this would require consultation with the property owner, public notification, and opportunities for appeal.

Councillors’ support of the designations included Councillor Allen’s comment that she was “so glad the buildings were being looked after.”

Article by Sally Smith