What is a Municipal Heritage Committee / LACAC?
When the Ontario Heritage Act was first enacted in 1974, these committees were called LACAC's (Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committees). Since the work of these committees has been expanded to include built, cultural and natural heritage, the original name no longer seemed appropriate. These committees are appointed by Municipal Councils to give advice on the matter of heritage within their communities. Every day across Ontario volunteers work to conserve and celebrate the stories, places and events of the people who shaped our communities. Under the Ontario Heritage Act, municipalities can establish Municipal Heritage Committees to advise council on identifying, protecting and promoting cultural heritage resources that make our communities unique and sustainable places to live. The fact that so much of Ontario's rich heritage has been conserved is a testament to the good advice and hard work of Municipal Heritage Committees (MHC). Establishing a MHC is often described as a municipality's first and most important step in engaging its community in heritage conservation. Committee members build strong relationships with property owners to encourage good stewardship of heritage resources. They facilitate the exchange of ideas and expertise that contribute to the economic and cultural development of our cities, towns, villages, neighbourhoods and landscapes across the province. They also bring unparalleled passion and dedication to finding solutions towards heritage conservation.
(Ref. - Ontario Heritage Tool Kit - Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture)
Heritage Thorold LACAC researches and examines the history and/or architecture of a candidate for designation to determine if it meets the criteria set forth by the Ontario Heritage Act.
Heritage Thorold LACAC is active in promoting heritage conservation within communities, and advising property owners on appropriate conservation and maintenance practices.
Heritage Thorold LACAC is committed to the identification and preservation of buildings, structures and lands that are of cultural and/or historical value or interest and to initiating and promoting a conservation ethic and a climate of responsible stewardship of the community's cultural heritage assets.
in the City of Thorold
If you are a present owner of a designated property or are planning to purchase one, you will be among the more than 50 property owners presently in the City of Thorold who are in the prestigious position of owning a property which has cultural heritage value, architectural value and historical value to the City of Thorold and to our country. Studies conducted by the University of Waterloo over the years, show us that designation increases the value of a property over time.
Designation requires a by-law to be passed by the City to indicate that the property has, in fact, been designated. With the passing of this by-law the owner(s) become stewards of an important site in the City of Thorold. With designation always comes pride of ownership of a designated site.
In order to keep the architectural features of the building in tact, it is required under the Ontario Heritage Act* that the property owner consult with the local Municipal Heritage Committee (LACAC) if changes, alterations, additions or deletions are planned for the exterior of the building. The local committee can be of assistance to the owner in their planning so that the changes are in keeping with the age of the property and that the final result will retain the original architecture of that era. No doubt, you have seen many older homes where additions have been made which are unsuitable to the original building, when, in fact, the alterations could have been made to compliment it.
The local committee is available to help the designated property owner, or to give them advice on their heritage home. As well, the complete research report which was done by a qualified researcher on the site at the time of designation, regularly has a great deal of information on the history and architecture of the building which can be helpful in making proposed changes. A copy of this illustrated report is supplied to the owner and with this report he is able “to take a walk through history” and discover how his building played a part in it.
Our committee meets once a month (12 meetings per year) – the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. (unless it is a holiday). It is an open meeting and you are free to attend whenever assistance is needed. Confirm with the Secretary that the meeting date has not been cancelled or changed, the meeting location, and that you would like to attend; you will then be put on the Agenda for the meeting.
Secretary Phone – 905-227-5899 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
There are 10 members on our committee, 7 of which live in designated homes in Thorold.
Designation under the Ontario Heritage Act is a step forward when the owner(s) of a heritage home are considering designation; they then become part of our growing group of Thorold sites which are protected for future generations to admire and enjoy as part of Canada’s history.
Thorold is becoming a popular tourism destination with the focus on three attractions in our City --- cycling, Welland Canal and heritage. Studies show us that tourists are seeking out a cultural heritage experience. Many communities, have heritage conservation districts, (eg. Niagara-on-the-Lake’s business area) which are designated under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act, and which are a great attraction to visitors and tourists.
Check out our extensive list below to view the other sites in the City of Thorold which have received designation.
*The Ontario Heritage Act (1st enacted March 5, 1975) can be viewed on line.
For description and images of other designated properties, please click links below.
Allanburg Heritage Oak Tree