Gravenhurst Municipal Heritage Committee

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The Gravenhurst Municipal Heritage Committee (MHC) is an advisory committee of Council. All meetings are open to the public.

Heritage resources add value, quality and diversity to our daily lives and need to be protected for the future. As our community matures, our past shall not be lost to insensitive renovation or demolition, but rather retained as assets adding unique contributions to our future.

The Town of Gravenhurst values its rich history, architecturally significant structures, and cultural heritage.

Learn more about this Committee by selecting a topic below.

Mandate, Vision & Primary Role

Mandate: to advise, assist and make recommendations to Council on matters related to heritage including the promotion of heritage conservation within the municipality and advising Council and the community on individual properties and districts of heritage and cultural significance.

Vision: “Preserving Gravenhurst's past and present for our future.”

Primary Role: provide recommendations for the conservation of heritage buildings, sites and resources and their integration in development. Specific tasks required to provide these recommendations to Council include:

  • identifying heritage resources and evaluating their condition and community value
  • recommending by-laws to establish processes for the conservation of heritage resources
  • monitoring, reviewing and taking protective actions on a property-by-property or area-wide basis
  • undertaking promotional programs to advise Town Council and the public of the value of heritage resources, to encourage awareness, appreciation, involvement and participation in heritage conservation activities

and to provide Council the following information:

  • Designation – advise prior to the designation of a property
  • Repeal of Designation – advise prior to the repeal of a by-law or part thereof designating a property
  • Amendment of Designated Property – advise on amendments of by-laws or part thereof designating a property
  • Alteration of Designated Property – advise on applications to alter a designated property where such proposed alteration may affect the reasons for designation as set out in the by-law designating the property
  • Demolition – advise on applications to demolish or remove any building or structure on designated property
  • Easement/Covenants - advise before passing by-laws entering into easements or covenants with the owners of real property, or interests therein, for the conservation of buildings of historical or architectural value or interest
  • Districts – advise before passing a by-law to define one or more areas to be examined for designation as a heritage conservation district

Council also delegates the following responsibilities to this Committee:

  • monitoring of federal and provincial government directives and regulations on heritage related issues
  • conducting research on heritage related issues
  • liaising with other municipalities on heritage issues
  • holding public information sessions to inform members of the public about heritage related issues

All Boards and Subcommittees of the municipality are governed by the same legislation:

Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference outlines the purpose, structure, operating rules, and define the various roles of membership within a Subcommittee.

The Terms are jointly developed and approved by Council, and can change as the nature of the work of Council evolves.

View the Gravenhurst Municipal Heritage Committee's Terms of Reference

Membership

Committee membership is made up of local community volunteers, affiliate members, a Council representative and Staff Liaisons:

  • Michael Wayling (Chair)
  • Carole-Anne Simpson (Vice-Chair)
  • Bill Allison
  • Barb Barrowman
  • Eileen Godfrey
  • Nancy Lynch
  • Sylvia Purdon
  • Henry Smith
  • Richard Tatley
  • Colin Old, Affiliate Member
  • Larry Carroll, Affiliate Member
  • Judy Humphries, Affiliate Member
  • Cyril Fry , Honorary Affiliate Member
  • Marion Fry, Honorary Affiliate Member

The following are Town representatives who sit on this Committee:

  • Sandy Cairns, Council Representative
  • Katie Kirton, Manager of Planning Services (Staff Liaison)
  • Angela Ghikadis, Planner (Staff Liaison)

Annual Work Plans & Year End Reports

Current information about the activities of the Subcommittee will be posted here:

Work Plans

Year End Reports

Schedules, Agendas & Minutes

View this Committee's Annual Schedule of Meetings. 

Agendas and Minutes for this Committee's meetings can be viewed within our Council Calendar when posted. 

If you wish to speak at a meeting, visit our Information and Special Request Page.

For more information on Schedules, Agendas and Minutes, please contact the Deputy Clerk/Committee Coordinator.

Designating Properties & Municipal Register

As one of this Committee's mandates is to identify heritage resources and evaluate their condition and community value, the MHC will make recommendations to Council for new designations and updates to the Town's Municipal Register.

View the Town's current Municipal Register.

Educational Resources

This Committee has taken the lead role in organizing Doors Open Gravenhurst as well as the Port Hole to the Past events. 

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