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Heritage Designation Project

Overview:

In November 2022, the Government of Ontario passed Bill 23, the More Homes Built Faster Act. The bill included several changes to the Ontario Heritage Act, including a two-year time limit for properties to remain on municipal non-designated listed properties.

Listed properties are properties that have been identified as having cultural heritage value but have not yet been designated. In Prince Edward County, this change means that the existing listed properties will be removed as of December 31, 2024.

View the Non-Designated Listed Properties.

To undertake this work, Council has established the Heritage Designation Working Group through the Built & Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee to review the existing listed properties for potential designation.

Working Group Members:

  • Ward 9 South Marysburgh Councillor John Hirsch
  • Michael Miller
  • Lorri Busch
  • Ernest Margetson
  • Graeme Phillips
  • Janice Gibbins
  • Ken Dewar
  • Liz Driver
  • Maria DiMauro

Process:

Throughout 2023 and 2024, the Heritage Designation Working Group, with County staff, will research and evaluate the listed properties for potential designation under the Ontario Heritage Act.

Recommendations of the Heritage Designation Working Group will be reviewed at Built & Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee meetings and ratified at Council meetings. For each property, Council will decide whether or not to proceed with designation.

Property owners of these listed properties will be contacted throughout the evaluation and designation process.

What heritage designation means:

Designation ensures that heritage properties are managed for future generations and that important buildings and landscapes in the County are protected. Designation is not meant to prevent change, but to help manage it to protect the County’s character and uniqueness of place. Heritage designation helps reduce waste by re-using and conserving existing structures and employs local crafts and tradespeople who maintain these important sites.

Each individual heritage property has a designation by-law that identifies the property’s heritage features. In most cases, these features are limited to the exterior of the building. Owners of heritage properties need a heritage permit before making changes to these heritage features. 

Benefits of heritage designation:

The benefits of designation under the Ontario Heritage Act (OHA) include:

  • Recognizing heritage value – We value the historical, architectural, cultural and natural heritage of our communities. In order to tangibly recognize this value, properties are designated and a register of designated properties is kept by the County.
  • Preserving heritage characteristics – Designation helps to preserve the property so that it may be appreciated and enjoyed by future generations.
  • Gaining local, provincial and national recognition of the heritage property – Every designated property is registered with the Ontario Ministry of Culture and is entered into the Ontario Heritage Properties Database which is fully accessible by the public. In addition, every designated property is eligible for inclusion in the Government of Canada’s Canadian Register of Historic Places. 
  • Accessing financial assistance – Only designated heritage properties will be able to access government programs of financial assistance for preservation and restoration purposes. 

As a designated heritage property owner, you will:

  • Be part of a thriving heritage community in the County with over 90 individually designated properties and over 100 properties protected through the Picton Heritage Conservation District.
  • Have access to access to the County’s Heritage Property Grant Program, a matching grant program that helps cover the cost of eligible restoration and repair projects for designated heritage properties.
  • Help conserve the cultural heritage of your neighbourhood for future generations.
  • Receive a plaque to display on the designated heritage building or property.

Get Involved

The Heritage Designation Working Group would like to gather feedback and information from property owners of each property listed on the non-designated heritage inventory. If you are interested in participating in the exploration of heritage designation by contacting by emailing clerks@pecounty.on.ca or by phone 613-476-2148 ext. 1020.

Recommendations of the Heritage Designation Working Group will be reviewed at Built & Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee meetings and ratified at Council meetings. For each property, Council will decide whether or not to proceed with designation.

Visit the County’s Council & Committee Meetings page on ways to participate.

Notice of Intent to Designate

This section provides information regarding properties the Council intends to designate including a statement of cultural heritage value or interest, description of heritage attributes and ways to submit your objection to the proposed designation, for each property.

Council of the County of Prince Edward intends to designate Church House located at 1676 County Road 13, under Part IV Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act, as being a property of cultural heritage value. Read the full report here.

Statement of Cultural Heritage Value or Interest

Church House has been identified as a cultural heritage asset based on its physical, historical and contextual value. The property is developed with a Loyalist-style dwelling and exhibits a simple design with a low-pitched roof. The property was owned by Oliver Church, a farmer and hotelkeeper until his death when it was inherited by his sons.

Description of Heritage Attributes

  • Size and massing of the house
  • Low-pitched roof
  • Symmetrical arrangement of the original window and door openings on the front façade
  • Central door with sidelights and cornice
  • Eaves returns
  • Location and orientation of the farmhouse, set far back from the road, facing Prince Edward Bay

Written Notice of Objection

Any person wishing to file a notice of objection to the designation must file such notice of objection together with a statement of reasons, with the County Clerk of the municipality by December 9, 2023.

Objections should be directed to:
Catalina Blumenberg, Municipal Clerk
332 Picton Main Street
Picton, ON, K0K 2T0
email: clerks@pecounty.on.ca 

Council of the County of Prince Edward intends to designate Cooper House located at 89 Colliers Road, under Part IV Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act, as being a property of cultural heritage value. Read the full report here.

Statement of Cultural Heritage Value or Interest

Cooper House features a one-and-a-half storey brick dwelling with a wide central entrance and transom, exhibiting a style that was popular in the County during the 1860s. The property is also developed with a woodshed and summer kitchen which are attached to the dwelling. The property was developed by James and William Cooper, both traders that used the property as a port.

Description of Heritage Attributes

  • Size and massing of the house, summer kitchen, and woodshed
  • One-and-a-half-storey brick house in a symmetrical plan
  • Wood-clad summer kitchen and woodshed
  • Brickwork in the Flemish Bond pattern
  • Brick chimney at each gable end of house
  • Wide central entrance comprised of door screen with sidelights and transom
  • Arrangement and openings of the surviving windows and doors
  • Pairs of unusually large double-sash windows imitating casements, located on the front façade and one gable end
  • Triangular dormer windows over the summer kitchen
  • Orientation of the house facing South Bay

Written Notice of Objection

Any person wishing to file a notice of objection to the designation must file such notice of objection together with a statement of reasons, with the County Clerk of the municipality by December 9, 2023.

Objections should be directed to:
Catalina Blumenberg, Municipal Clerk
332 Picton Main Street
Picton, ON, K0K 2T0
email: clerks@pecounty.on.ca 

Council of the County of Prince Edward intends to designate Joseph Clapp House located at 1327 Royal Road, under Part IV Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act, as being a property of cultural heritage value. Read the full report here.

Statement of Cultural Heritage Value or Interest

Joseph Clapp House is located in proximity to numerous historical buildings along Royal Road including the Cheese Factory. The property is developed with a wood-clad farmhouse and driveshed, these having been constructed by the son of Joseph Clapp who constructed the first mill in Milford.

Description of Heritage Attributes

House:

  •  Size and massing of the main house and additions
  • Orientation of the house, facing Royal Road and with a narrow setback from the road, and the relationship of house and driveshed
  • Location as part of a linear village along Royal Road
  • Wood frame and wood cladding
  • Chimney at each gable end of the main house
  • Pilastered doorcase
  • Squared bay window and verandah
  • Small second-floor window at the west gable end

Driveshed:

  • Location and orientation: near the house, and close to, and facing, the road
  • Pair of round-headed doors, creating an arched opening.

Written Notice of Objection

Any person wishing to file a notice of objection to the designation must file such notice of objection together with a statement of reasons, with the County Clerk of the municipality by December 9, 2023.

Objections should be directed to:
Catalina Blumenberg, Municipal Clerk
332 Picton Main Street
Picton, ON, K0K 2T0
email: clerks@pecounty.on.ca 

Council of the County of Prince Edward intends to designate Welbanks House  located at 1972 County Road 13, under Part IV Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act, as being a property of cultural heritage value. Read the full report here.

Statement of Cultural Heritage Value or Interest

Welbanks House property features a dwelling as well as numerous barns and other agricultural buildings. The dwelling was constructed in stages, portions of which were constructed circa 1824, 1850 and 1880. A large Italianate addition constructed in 1880 constitutes the majority of the dwelling’s floor area. The Italianate addition includes an entrance bay with twin verandahs on either side, a feature that is common in various areas of the County. The original dwelling was constructed by Thomas Welbanks, a member of the United Empire Loyalists with the Italianate addition having been constructed by Thomas Welbanks Jr., the son of Thomas Welbanks.

Description of Heritage Attributes

  • Complex of domestic and agricultural buildings
  • Location of the agricultural buildings in relation to the farmhouse
  • Location and orientation of the house, above and facing South Bay
  • Size, massing, and alignment of the three parts of the house: original c. 1824 structure and two later additions

c. 1824 house:

  • Post-and-plank construction
  • Wide floor planks

c. 1850 addition to house:

  • Brick construction
  • boxed-in winder staircase
  • Dormer
  • Verandah

c. 1880 Italianate addition to house:

  • Two-storey wood frame structure
  • Two-storey entrance bay projecting from the centre of the façade
  • Twin verandahs on each side of the entrance bay
  •  Arrangement and openings of the windows and doors on the front façade, entrance bay, and side elevations
  • Pair of windows above vestibule
  • Bay window on southwest facade
  • Pedimented trim over the windows and doors
  • Double front doors with transom light
  • Panelled cornice and paired brackets
  • Two stepped brick chimneys

Interior of c. 1880 Italianate addition:

  • Original trims and wooden floors
  • Victorian doors and faux wood graining

Written Notice of Objection

Any person wishing to file a notice of objection to the designation must file such notice of objection together with a statement of reasons, with the County Clerk of the municipality by December 9, 2023.

Objections should be directed to:
Catalina Blumenberg, Municipal Clerk
332 Picton Main Street
Picton, ON, K0K 2T0
email: clerks@pecounty.on.ca 

FAQ

The Ontario Heritage Act requires every municipality in the province keep a publicly-accessible list of heritage properties. This list is called a “heritage register” and includes all properties designated under Part IV (individual designation) and Part V (district designation) of the OHA. Municipality also include non-designated properties on their heritage registry. This process is commonly known as “listing.”

Listing differs from designation in the following ways:

  • Designated properties have a heritage designation by-law registered on title. 
  • Designated properties require a permit prior to work that may alter their appearance. 
  • Council can control the demolition of a designated heritage property. Listed properties are only subject to a 60-day notice of demolition. 

Including listed properties on a heritage register provides a municipality with a means to identify and monitor all properties of potential heritage value – not just those that have already been designated under the OHA. 

In the County, listed properties include houses, commercial buildings, farms, public buildings, and industrial buildings. These are properties that all demonstrate potential for heritage value or interest. This determination is made by evaluating the property using an official set of criteria known as Ontario Regulation 9/06. All decisions to list a property must be endorsed by the Built & Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee and approved by Council.

The primary implication of being listed on the heritage register relates to the ability to demolish buildings or structures. Under Ontario’s Building Code Act, owners of listed properties are required to give the Council of the municipality at least 60 days’ notice of their intention to demolish or remove a building or structure. This timeframe provides the municipality with the time necessary to determine whether the property is deserving of designation under the OHA.

When a property is listed, it does not necessarily mean that it will be subsequently “designated.”

If you do not want your property to be designated, you may provide your objection to the Clerk’s Office by email clerks@pecounty.on.ca or by calling 613-476-2148 ext. 1026.

Council, in consultation with the Built & Cultural Heritage Committee, will consider the objection.

Staff Contact

Emily Overholt
Planner I

Phone: 613.476.2148 ext. 2006
Fax: 613.471-2051

Jennifer E. Bennett
Council and Committee Clerk

Phone: 613.476.2148 
Fax: 613.476-5727