The purpose of Heritage Advisory Committee is to advise Council on heritage matters including architectural, material culture, historical and natural heritage. This can be accomplished through conservation or restoration initiatives, education or heritage designation of built environments.
The Committee, working with staff resource persons and the North Grenville Historical Society, may advise and recommend, provide knowledge and expertise, facilitate the work of the organizing body and act as a liaison between politicians, organizational staff, members of the public and other stakeholders with regard to matters of architectural or historical significance.
More information on the 2022-2026 Committee Term will be shared in January 2023.
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Pursuant to the authorities granted under the Ontario Heritage Act, the purpose of Heritage Advisory Committee is to assist the Municipality in an advisory capacity on heritage matters including architectural, material culture*, historical and natural heritage. This can be accomplished through conservation or restoration initiatives, education, or heritage designation of the built or natural environment.
The Committee, working with staff resource persons and with local community associations such as the North Grenville Historical Society and the Old Town Kemptville Business Improvement Area, may advise and recommend; provide knowledge and expertise; facilitate the work of the organizing body; and act as a liaison between politicians, organizational staff, members of the public and other stakeholders with regard to matters of architectural, historical or cultural ** significance.
Pursuant to the Ontario Heritage Act, the authority to consent to alterations to designated properties, natural heritage landscapes and heritage conservation districts is delegated to the Director of Planning & Development for the Municipality, subject to prior consultation with the Heritage Advisory Committee.
The Committee shall have regard to the shared priorities of the Community Strategic Plan, Committee Handbook, and Procedural By-Law.
*Material cultural can be described as any object that humans use to survive, define social relationships, represent facets of identity, or benefit man's state of mind, social, or economic standing.
**The Ontario Heritage Act provides municipalities with enhanced powers to preserve and promote Ontario’s cultural heritage. Municipal Cultural Planning is a new approach to local cultural development. It is asset-based community development that begins with identifying broadly defined local cultural resources (including cultural heritage properties) and then leverages them for economic development and community building.
The Committee shall be comprised of a minimum of four (4) and a maximum of nine (9) volunteer members, , the Mayor as an ex-officio member, and up to 2 two (2) members of Council,, all of whom have voting rights. A staff person(s) from Planning and Development may also attend meetings as a liaison(s) to the Municipality.
In considering the appointment of members to the Committee, Council shall consider the following:
- influential decision makers (current and retired) from various sectors;
- individual members willing to take on specific responsibilities for specific areas of the program;
- the individual's qualifications and commitment as they relate to the Council's adopted programs/policies; and
- availability of members to participate in the programs/policies and attend Committee meetings.
The Municipality of North Grenville is committed to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in every aspect of its work, including appointments to advisory committees. An increase in diversity can assist in promoting equal opportunities and memberships with a diversity of lived experiences. A more diverse membership will contribute to the work of each advisory committee. Each advisory committee shall endeavour to have balanced representation from various equity- and inclusion-seeking groups including, but not limited to, people with disabilities, francophones, Indigenous people, newcomers, older adults, racialized community members, rural residents, 2SLGBTQIA+, those facing socioeconomic disadvantage, women, minority faith-based and spiritual group members, and youth.
The Committee, by a majority vote of its members, may recommend to Council to remove any member of the Committee who does not fulfil their obligations under their appointment.
The Committee shall elect a Co-Chair from among its volunteer members. The position will be elected by a secret ballot by a majority of the voting members of the Committee. A Member of Council will act as a Co-Chair.
The Co-Chairs will have a concurrent four-year term. In the absence of the Co-Chairs, the Committee shall appoint an Acting Chair.
The Co-Chairs will present the Committee's reports and recommendations to Council, as required with staff support.
The Committee may invite additional content experts to attend regular meetings and to present at specific meetings in order to meet its mandate.
The Committee shall meet at least six times a year – either in person or via an accessible virtual platform. Additional meetings shall be held at the call of the Co-Chairs.
Agenda packages will be sent out the week prior to the meetings and published on the Municipality’s website. Draft minutes will be distributed by email to each Committee member by the Planning and Development department within one (1) week following the meeting.
Quorum of the Committee shall be a majority of the appointed members.
Votes by the Committee will be held at regular or special meetings. Decision making of the group shall be by majority vote.
Planning and Development – The Director is responsible to ensure that all associated legislative responsibilities to the Committee are fulfilled.
The Clerk delegates authority to the Building Clerk to provide minute taking. Agenda preparation and distribution will be done by the Building Clerk in conjunction with the Co-Chairs and Clerk’s division. The Clerk’s division will post the agenda on the Municipal website and via the meeting calendar invitation.
The Committee will prepare an annual work plan ahead of the budget cycle. The Director of Planning and Development shall bring forward budget requests of the Committee as part of the Municipal budget process.
Neil Whyte - Chair
Inge van Gemeren - Vice Chair
Ontario Heritage Act - Criteria for Determining Cultural Heritage Value or Interest
Designating Heritage Properties
Heritage Conservation Districts
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