ACO Port Hope – 2018 Municipal Election Candidate Survey Results

The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario recently completed a new strategic plan titled, The Past, Our present, Your future. The organization’s mission states: “Through education and advocacy, to encourage the conservation and re-use of structures, districts, and landscapes of architectural, historical and cultural significance to inspire and benefit Ontarians.”

With this goal in mind as well as from numerous references in several Port Hope documents to the importance of our heritage attributes to the municipality’s character, we sought the input of candidates running in the upcoming Port Hope Municipal election.

The following questions were sent to each candidate with the hopes that we could get their insight into this very important issue facing our community and the next council. Their responses are listed below in the order they were received, with the most recent responses being added to the top of the list.

Name: Les Andrews

Position Sought: Councilor, Ward 1

Contact information: kran123@msn.com

Online: Facebook

1. In your opinion, what are the 3 key issues facing Port Hope’s next Municipal Council?

I would suggest the PHAI cleanup and its impact on the community from a traffic and canopy point of view. Growth and how we manage it to maintain the quality of life we all enjoy in Port hope and affordable housing. We have studied the problem to death, lets actually start putting resources to the problem and start building!

2. How do you picture the future of our waterfront’s pier and beaches? In those changes, is it essential to sustain or build a relationship with nearby heritage features?

I would draw upon the nearest heritage feature- the railway viaduct and theme our beaches and centre pier with it in mind.

3.a) The General Development Policies section of the Port Hope Official Plan includes the following statement of principle with regard to the conservation of the town’s cultural heritage resources:

“Council recognizes the importance of Cultural Heritage Resources within the Municipality. Therefore Council or its designate shall encourage the identification, conservation, protection, restoration, maintenance and enhancement of Cultural Heritage Resources in keeping with recognized conservation principles. All new development permitted by the land use policies and designations of this Plan shall have regard for Cultural Heritage Resources and shall, wherever possible, incorporate these resources into any new development plans. In addition, all new development shall be planned in a manner that preserves and enhances the context in which Cultural Heritage Resources are situated. The Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada shall be used wherever possible to guide the implementation of the heritage policies of this Plan.”

Do you agree with this statement of principle? Yes

3.b) Is the conservation of heritage buildings a significant generator of our town’s future economic development? Yes

3.c) How might your answer to b) influence your views about forms of municipal support for the restoration or re-use of the former RBC bank building and its second-floor “opera house”?
Prior to answering, I would like to see the results of the Consultant’s study commissioned by the ACO.
Legislation such as the Ontario Heritage Act allows municipalities to preserve both neighbourhoods and landscapes through such means as Heritage Conservation Districts to review building compatibility and “scale”, as recently completed in Cobourg, or in Kingston. Many municipalities have augmented this through enacting Tree Policies that seek to protect mature trees on both public and private land. Do you agree, or disagree with the following statements?
4.a) We need to protect neighbourhoods and key heritage structures proactively by completing an inventory of heritage properties. Yes
4.b) I favour the use of Heritage Districts along residential streetscapes that have merited a documented heritage recommendation in order to protect a neighbourhood’s distinctive features or ethos. Yes
4.c) Rural landscapes need to be protected, including working with owners to conserve notable farm structures and farm settings. Yes
4.d) I favour the development of a comprehensive tree policy that may include sustaining mature tree cover on private properties. Yes
4.e) It is important to preserve the mature wood lot of the Penryn property along Victoria St. Yes
4.f) Owners of private properties should not be limited by the adoption of the above policies. Yes

5. ACO has sought the Heritage Designation of 65 Ward St., the property that contains both the initial and “historic” hospital that opened during WW1. Heritage Port Hope has done the same, arguing that the hospital not only meets all three criteria of the provincial Heritage Act but merits consideration as a National Historic Site as is the Capitol Theatre. The objective has been to re-purpose the buildings, preferably as part of an updated LongTerm Care facility.
The property’s owner, Southbridge Care Homes, state that these buildings are incompatible with their planning for a more significant long-term care facility on the site. They seek a demolition permit. Council voted its intention to designate; objections have been filed, and an initial public “discovery” meeting of the Conservation Review Board has been scheduled. After receipt of the Board’s report, Council will decide how to proceed.

If elected, would you vote in favour of the Heritage Designation of 65 Ward St.? N0


Name: Ian Everdell

Position Sought: Councilor, Ward 1

Contact information: ian.everdell@gmail.com

Online: Facebook, Instagram, Website

1. In your opinion, what are the 3 key issues facing Port Hope’s next Municipal Council?

The Waterfront: as the PHAI clean up moves forward along the harbour, we are regaining access to very valuable space and the decisions made will affect the municipality for a long time. 2) Housing: we have a shortage of rental and affordable housing. Our community cannot grow when citizens cannot afford to move or stay here. 3) Access to Information: citizens struggle to get timely, easy to understand, accurate information about the operation of our town.

2. How do you picture the future of our waterfront’s pier and beaches? In those changes, is it essential to sustain or build a relationship with nearby heritage features?

Our waterfront needs to be connected to downtown, and provide economic input into the municipality. This includes: a mix of built and natural recreation opportunities, easily accessed; and smart, sustainable, historically-appropriate development along the waterfront corridor. Nearby heritage features should be incorporated into any waterfront plan.

3.a) The General Development Policies section of the Port Hope Official Plan includes the following statement of principle with regard to the conservation of the town’s cultural heritage resources:

“Council recognizes the importance of Cultural Heritage Resources within the Municipality. Therefore Council or its designate shall encourage the identification, conservation, protection, restoration, maintenance and enhancement of Cultural Heritage Resources in keeping with recognized conservation principles. All new development permitted by the land use policies and designations of this Plan shall have regard for Cultural Heritage Resources and shall, wherever possible, incorporate these resources into any new development plans. In addition, all new development shall be planned in a manner that preserves and enhances the context in which Cultural Heritage Resources are situated. The Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada shall be used wherever possible to guide the implementation of the heritage policies of this Plan.”
Do you agree with this statement of principle? Yes
3.b) Is the conservation of heritage buildings a significant generator of our town’s future economic development? Yes
3.c) How might your answer to b) influence your views about forms of municipal support for the restoration or re-use of the former RBC bank building and its second-floor “opera house”?
Municipal support for the opera house will be critical for its restoration. While direct financial support could pose challenges, support could come in the form of zoning/by-law changes, the issuance of tax receipts for contributions, and reduction of development charges, application fees, or property taxes.
Legislation such as the Ontario Heritage Act allows municipalities to preserve both neighbourhoods and landscapes through such means as Heritage Conservation Districts to review building compatibility and “scale”, as recently completed in Cobourg, or in Kingston. Many municipalities have augmented this through enacting Tree Policies that seek to protect mature trees on both public and private land. Do you agree, or disagree with the following statements?
4.a) We need to protect neighbourhoods and key heritage structures proactively by completing an inventory of heritage properties. Yes
4.b) I favour the use of Heritage Districts along residential streetscapes that have merited a documented heritage recommendation in order to protect a neighbourhood’s distinctive features or ethos. Yes
4.c) Rural landscapes need to be protected, including working with owners to conserve notable farm structures and farm settings. Yes
4.d) I favour the development of a comprehensive tree policy that may include sustaining mature tree cover on private properties. Yes
4.e) It is important to preserve the mature wood lot of the Penryn property along Victoria St. Yes
4.f) Owners of private properties should not be limited by the adoption of the above policies. Yes

5. ACO has sought the Heritage Designation of 65 Ward St., the property that contains both the initial and “historic” hospital that opened during WW1. Heritage Port Hope has done the same, arguing that the hospital not only meets all three criteria of the provincial Heritage Act but merits consideration as a National Historic Site as is the Capitol Theatre. The objective has been to re-purpose the buildings, preferably as part of an updated LongTerm Care facility.
The property’s owner, Southbridge Care Homes, state that these buildings are incompatible with their planning for a more significant long-term care facility on the site. They seek a demolition permit. Council voted its intention to designate; objections have been filed, and an initial public “discovery” meeting of the Conservation Review Board has been scheduled. After receipt of the Board’s report, Council will decide how to proceed.

If elected, would you vote in favour of the Heritage Designation of 65 Ward St.? Yes


Name: Todd Attridge

Position Sought: Councilor, Ward 1

Contact information: toddattridge@gmail.com

Online: TwitterWebsite

1. In your opinion, what are the 3 key issues facing Port Hope’s next Municipal Council?

Port Hope needs to address its affordable housing crisis, oversee an efficient process of removing low-level radiation in a way that protects the health and rights of our citizens and promotes a vibrant local economy.

2. How do you picture the future of our waterfront’s pier and beaches? In those changes, is it essential to sustain or build a relationship with nearby heritage features?

The revised waterfront plan needs to consider the East Beach, centre pier, West Beach and river. This plan should include preserving natural wildlife and habitats, integrating key heritage features and provide non-invasive retail, parks, access points and parkland. If done properly, Port Hope’s waterfront will provide a beautiful space for residents and visitors to relax, play and socialize while enjoying the natural beauty that already exists.

3.a) The General Development Policies section of the Port Hope Official Plan includes the following statement of principle with regard to the conservation of the town’s cultural heritage resources:

“Council recognizes the importance of Cultural Heritage Resources within the Municipality. Therefore Council or its designate shall encourage the identification, conservation, protection, restoration, maintenance and enhancement of Cultural Heritage Resources in keeping with recognized conservation principles. All new development permitted by the land use policies and designations of this Plan shall have regard for Cultural Heritage Resources and shall, wherever possible, incorporate these resources into any new development plans. In addition, all new development shall be planned in a manner that preserves and enhances the context in which Cultural Heritage Resources are situated. The Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada shall be used wherever possible to guide the implementation of the heritage policies of this Plan.”
Do you agree with this statement of principle? Yes
3.b) Is the conservation of heritage buildings a significant generator of our town’s future economic development? Yes
3.c) How might your answer to b) influence your views about forms of municipal support for the restoration or re-use of the former RBC bank building and its second-floor “opera house”?
In accordance with our current Community Improvement Plan, the municipality needs to be a significant partner in helping owners of heritage buildings sustain and restore properties so that they are occupied and add to our economic development. Whether this is through providing residences, business or tourism opportunities, maintaining our heritage properties helps retains our community’s charm and character.
Legislation such as the Ontario Heritage Act allows municipalities to preserve both neighbourhoods and landscapes through such means as Heritage Conservation Districts to review building compatibility and “scale”, as recently completed in Cobourg, or in Kingston. Many municipalities have augmented this through enacting Tree Policies that seek to protect mature trees on both public and private land. Do you agree, or disagree with the following statements?
4.a) We need to protect neighbourhoods and key heritage structures proactively by completing an inventory of heritage properties. Yes
4.b) I favour the use of Heritage Districts along residential streetscapes that have merited a documented heritage recommendation in order to protect a neighbourhood’s distinctive features or ethos. Yes
4.c) Rural landscapes need to be protected, including working with owners to conserve notable farm structures and farm settings. Yes
4.d) I favour the development of a comprehensive tree policy that may include sustaining mature tree cover on private properties. Yes
4.e) It is important to preserve the mature wood lot of the Penryn property along Victoria St. Yes
4.f) Owners of private properties should not be limited by the adoption of the above policies. Yes

5. ACO has sought the Heritage Designation of 65 Ward St., the property that contains both the initial and “historic” hospital that opened during WW1. Heritage Port Hope has done the same, arguing that the hospital not only meets all three criteria of the provincial Heritage Act but merits consideration as a National Historic Site as is the Capitol Theatre. The objective has been to re-purpose the buildings, preferably as part of an updated LongTerm Care facility.
The property’s owner, Southbridge Care Homes, state that these buildings are incompatible with their planning for a more significant long-term care facility on the site. They seek a demolition permit. Council voted its intention to designate; objections have been filed, and an initial public “discovery” meeting of the Conservation Review Board has been scheduled. After receipt of the Board’s report, Council will decide how to proceed.

If elected, would you vote in favour of the Heritage Designation of 65 Ward St.? Yes


Name: Brian Coggins

Position Sought: Councilor, Ward 2

Contact information: brian.coggins@hotmail.com

Online: Twitter

1. In your opinion, what are the 3 key issues facing Port Hope’s next Municipal Council?

The three key issues will be maintaining a workable budget, improved transportation, and a 65 Ward St. solution.

2. How do you picture the future of our waterfront’s pier and beaches? In those changes, is it essential to sustain or build a relationship with nearby heritage features?

The future of out waterfront needs to be reexamined with new priorities and development of strategies to make them user-friendly.

3.a) The General Development Policies section of the Port Hope Official Plan includes the following statement of principle with regard to the conservation of the town’s cultural heritage resources:

“Council recognizes the importance of Cultural Heritage Resources within the Municipality. Therefore Council or its designate shall encourage the identification, conservation, protection, restoration, maintenance and enhancement of Cultural Heritage Resources in keeping with recognized conservation principles. All new development permitted by the land use policies and designations of this Plan shall have regard for Cultural Heritage Resources and shall, wherever possible, incorporate these resources into any new development plans. In addition, all new development shall be planned in a manner that preserves and enhances the context in which Cultural Heritage Resources are situated. The Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada shall be used wherever possible to guide the implementation of the heritage policies of this Plan.”
Do you agree with this statement of principle? Yes
3.b) Is the conservation of heritage buildings a significant generator of our town’s future economic development? No
3.c) How might your answer to b) influence your views about forms of municipal support for the restoration or re-use of the former RBC bank building and its second-floor “opera house”?
This building is an opportunity to expand our cultural presence in the community and will complement the activities at the Capitol Theater. If it can be saved and repurposed, this will provide an opportunity for Port Hope to showcase operatic and other musical performances that draw new visitors to our wonderful historic community.
Legislation such as the Ontario Heritage Act allows municipalities to preserve both neighbourhoods and landscapes through such means as Heritage Conservation Districts to review building compatibility and “scale”, as recently completed in Cobourg, or in Kingston. Many municipalities have augmented this through enacting Tree Policies that seek to protect mature trees on both public and private land. Do you agree, or disagree with the following statements?
4.a) We need to protect neighbourhoods and key heritage structures proactively by completing an inventory of heritage properties. Yes
4.b) I favour the use of Heritage Districts along residential streetscapes that have merited a documented heritage recommendation in order to protect a neighbourhood’s distinctive features or ethos. No
4.c) Rural landscapes need to be protected, including working with owners to conserve notable farm structures and farm settings. Yes
4.d) I favour the development of a comprehensive tree policy that may include sustaining mature tree cover on private properties. Yes
4.e) It is important to preserve the mature wood lot of the Penryn property along Victoria St. Yes
4.f) Owners of private properties should not be limited by the adoption of the above policies. Yes

5. ACO has sought the Heritage Designation of 65 Ward St., the property that contains both the initial and “historic” hospital that opened during WW1. Heritage Port Hope has done the same, arguing that the hospital not only meets all three criteria of the provincial Heritage Act but merits consideration as a National Historic Site as is the Capitol Theatre. The objective has been to re-purpose the buildings, preferably as part of an updated LongTerm Care facility.
The property’s owner, Southbridge Care Homes, state that these buildings are incompatible with their planning for a more significant long-term care facility on the site. They seek a demolition permit. Council voted its intention to designate; objections have been filed, and an initial public “discovery” meeting of the Conservation Review Board has been scheduled. After receipt of the Board’s report, Council will decide how to proceed.

If elected, would you vote in favour of the Heritage Designation of 65 Ward St.? No


Name: Laurie Carr

Position Sought: Councilor, Ward 1

Contact information: laurie@catsmedia.ca

Online: Website, Facebook, Instagram

1. In your opinion, what are the 3 key issues facing Port Hope’s next Municipal Council?

1. Establish a process for dealing with development to ensure the long-term needs of the community are placed ahead of immediate developer needs. Eg: 65 Ward St. 2. Update the waterfront master plan to ensure MPH residents take priority over single for-profit businesses Eg: the ring road. 3. Ensure the PHAI clean up is being completed to the benefit of the community and further losses are not sacrificed for the ease of the cleanup. Eg: pier buildings

2. How do you picture the future of our waterfront’s pier and beaches? In those changes, is it essential to sustain or build a relationship with nearby heritage features?

I envision at least one pier building being preserved. Incorporate train trestles into a plan to join the waterfront to the downtown. Re-examine Barton Myers study of 1978

3.a) The General Development Policies section of the Port Hope Official Plan includes the following statement of principle with regard to the conservation of the town’s cultural heritage resources:
“Council recognizes the importance of Cultural Heritage Resources within the Municipality. Therefore Council or its designate shall encourage the identification, conservation, protection, restoration, maintenance and enhancement of Cultural Heritage Resources in keeping with recognized conservation principles. All new development permitted by the land use policies and designations of this Plan shall have regard for Cultural Heritage Resources and shall, wherever possible, incorporate these resources into any new development plans. In addition, all new development shall be planned in a manner that preserves and enhances the context in which Cultural Heritage Resources are situated. The Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada shall be used wherever possible to guide the implementation of the heritage policies of this Plan.”
Do you agree with this statement of principle? Yes
3.b) Is the conservation of heritage buildings a significant generator of our town’s future economic development? Yes
3.c) How might your answer to b) influence your views about forms of municipal support for the restoration or re-use of the former RBC bank building and its second-floor “opera house”?
I will encourage support both financially and “in kind”. A second arts venue will help solidify our growing reputation as a cultural centre.
Legislation such as the Ontario Heritage Act allows municipalities to preserve both neighbourhoods and landscapes through such means as Heritage Conservation Districts to review building compatibility and “scale”, as recently completed in Cobourg, or in Kingston. Many municipalities have augmented this through enacting Tree Policies that seek to protect mature trees on both public and private land. Do you agree, or disagree with the following statements?
4.a) We need to protect neighbourhoods and key heritage structures proactively by completing an inventory of heritage properties. Yes
4.b) I favour the use of Heritage Districts along residential streetscapes that have merited a documented heritage recommendation in order to protect a neighbourhood’s distinctive features or ethos. Yes
4.c) Rural landscapes need to be protected, including working with owners to conserve notable farm structures and farm settings. Yes
4.d) I favour the development of a comprehensive tree policy that may include sustaining mature tree cover on private properties. Yes
4.e) It is important to preserve the mature wood lot of the Penryn property along Victoria St. Yes
4.f) Owners of private properties should not be limited by the adoption of the above policies. No

5. ACO has sought the Heritage Designation of 65 Ward St., the property that contains both the initial and “historic” hospital that opened during WW1. Heritage Port Hope has done the same, arguing that the hospital not only meets all three criteria of the provincial Heritage Act but merits consideration as a National Historic Site as is the Capitol Theatre. The objective has been to re-purpose the buildings, preferably as part of an updated LongTerm Care facility.
The property’s owner, Southbridge Care Homes, state that these buildings are incompatible with their planning for a more significant long-term care facility on the site. They seek a demolition permit. Council voted its intention to designate; objections have been filed, and an initial public “discovery” meeting of the Conservation Review Board has been scheduled. After receipt of the Board’s report, Council will decide how to proceed.

If elected, would you vote in favour of the Heritage Designation of 65 Ward St.? Yes


Name: Ken Morden

Position Sought: Councilor, Ward 2

Contact information: kmorden@oakknollstables.com

Online: Website, Facebook

1. In your opinion, what are the 3 key issues facing Port Hope’s next Municipal Council?

Financial Stability, Communications with Citizens, New Job Creation

2. How do you picture the future of our waterfront’s pier and beaches? In those changes, is it essential to sustain or build a relationship with nearby heritage features?

The waterfront should be the centre of a cultural neighbourhood for the performing and visual arts and accommodation for arts people of all genres.

3.a) The General Development Policies section of the Port Hope Official Plan includes the following statement of principle with regard to the conservation of the town’s cultural heritage resources:
“Council recognizes the importance of Cultural Heritage Resources within the Municipality. Therefore Council or its designate shall encourage the identification, conservation, protection, restoration, maintenance and enhancement of Cultural Heritage Resources in keeping with recognized conservation principles. All new development permitted by the land use policies and designations of this Plan shall have regard for Cultural Heritage Resources and shall, wherever possible, incorporate these resources into any new development plans. In addition, all new development shall be planned in a manner that preserves and enhances the context in which Cultural Heritage Resources are situated. The Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada shall be used wherever possible to guide the implementation of the heritage policies of this Plan.”
Do you agree with this statement of principle? No
3.b) Is the conservation of heritage buildings a significant generator of our town’s future economic development? No
3.c) How might your answer to b) influence your views about forms of municipal support for the restoration or re-use of the former RBC bank building and its second-floor “opera house”?
Would not qualify for financial support.
Legislation such as the Ontario Heritage Act allows municipalities to preserve both neighbourhoods and landscapes through such means as Heritage Conservation Districts to review building compatibility and “scale”, as recently completed in Cobourg, or in Kingston. Many municipalities have augmented this through enacting Tree Policies that seek to protect mature trees on both public and private land. Do you agree, or disagree with the following statements?
4.a) We need to protect neighbourhoods and key heritage structures proactively by completing an inventory of heritage properties. No
4.b) I favour the use of Heritage Districts along residential streetscapes that have merited a documented heritage recommendation in order to protect a neighbourhood’s distinctive features or ethos. No
4.c) Rural landscapes need to be protected, including working with owners to conserve notable farm structures and farm settings. No
4.d) I favour the development of a comprehensive tree policy that may include sustaining mature tree cover on private properties. Yes
4.e) It is important to preserve the mature wood lot of the Penryn property along Victoria St. Yes
4.f) Owners of private properties should not be limited by the adoption of the above policies. Yes

5. ACO has sought the Heritage Designation of 65 Ward St., the property that contains both the initial and “historic” hospital that opened during WW1. Heritage Port Hope has done the same, arguing that the hospital not only meets all three criteria of the provincial Heritage Act but merits consideration as a National Historic Site as is the Capitol Theatre. The objective has been to re-purpose the buildings, preferably as part of an updated LongTerm Care facility.
The property’s owner, Southbridge Care Homes, state that these buildings are incompatible with their planning for a more significant long-term care facility on the site. They seek a demolition permit. Council voted its intention to designate; objections have been filed, and an initial public “discovery” meeting of the Conservation Review Board has been scheduled. After receipt of the Board’s report, Council will decide how to proceed.

If elected, would you vote in favour of the Heritage Designation of 65 Ward St.? No


Name: Will Lambert

Position Sought: Councilor, Ward 1

Contact information: wlambert@sympatico.ca

Online: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

1. In your opinion, what are the 3 key issues facing Port Hope’s next Municipal Council?

Without a doubt, the PHAI cleanup of LLRW is number one. This billion dollar plus project must be monitored carefully to ensure it is being done properly and safely. Updating the Waterfront Master Plan will be another big challenge. As the cleanup proceeds, we need to know what we want the river, harbour, centre pier and beaches to look like when it is finished. Taking care of our most vulnerable citizens would be my third key issue. We have a chronic shortage of affordable housing and when you don’t have secure shelter, everything else in your life is negatively impacted.

2. How do you picture the future of our waterfront’s pier and beaches? In those changes, is it essential to sustain or build a relationship with nearby heritage features?

I would like to see our waterfront used and enjoyed by more residents and visitors than is currently the case. I am against any further industrialization of that area, but we have lost a great opportunity to connect to past industrial heritage on the centre pier due to the removal of all buildings there. A mistake, in my opinion.

3.a) The General Development Policies section of the Port Hope Official Plan includes the following statement of principle with regard to the conservation of the town’s cultural heritage resources:
“Council recognizes the importance of Cultural Heritage Resources within the Municipality. Therefore Council or its designate shall encourage the identification, conservation, protection, restoration, maintenance and enhancement of Cultural Heritage Resources in keeping with recognized conservation principles. All new development permitted by the land use policies and designations of this Plan shall have regard for Cultural Heritage Resources and shall, wherever possible, incorporate these resources into any new development plans. In addition, all new development shall be planned in a manner that preserves and enhances the context in which Cultural Heritage Resources are situated. The Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada shall be used wherever possible to guide the implementation of the heritage policies of this Plan.”
Do you agree with this statement of principle? Yes
3.b) Is the conservation of heritage buildings a significant generator of our town’s future economic development? Yes
3.c) How might your answer to b) influence your views about forms of municipal support for the restoration or re-use of the former RBC bank building and its second-floor “opera house”?
The restoration and re-use of the opera house is a very worthwhile and exciting project. The municipality absolutely must demonstrate strong support for the project. Other investors and levels of government will not join in this project if they don’t first see strong municipal support.
Legislation such as the Ontario Heritage Act allows municipalities to preserve both neighbourhoods and landscapes through such means as Heritage Conservation Districts to review building compatibility and “scale”, as recently completed in Cobourg, or in Kingston. Many municipalities have augmented this through enacting Tree Policies that seek to protect mature trees on both public and private land. Do you agree, or disagree with the following statements?
4.a) We need to protect neighbourhoods and key heritage structures proactively by completing an inventory of heritage properties. Yes
4.b) I favour the use of Heritage Districts along residential streetscapes that have merited a documented heritage recommendation in order to protect a neighbourhood’s distinctive features or ethos. Yes
4.c) Rural landscapes need to be protected, including working with owners to conserve notable farm structures and farm settings. Yes
4.d) I favour the development of a comprehensive tree policy that may include sustaining mature tree cover on private properties. Yes
4.e) It is important to preserve the mature wood lot of the Penryn property along Victoria St. Yes
4.f) Owners of private properties should not be limited by the adoption of the above policies. No

5. ACO has sought the Heritage Designation of 65 Ward St., the property that contains both the initial and “historic” hospital that opened during WW1. Heritage Port Hope has done the same, arguing that the hospital not only meets all three criteria of the provincial Heritage Act but merits consideration as a National Historic Site as is the Capitol Theatre. The objective has been to re-purpose the buildings, preferably as part of an updated LongTerm Care facility.
The property’s owner, Southbridge Care Homes, state that these buildings are incompatible with their planning for a more significant long-term care facility on the site. They seek a demolition permit. Council voted its intention to designate; objections have been filed, and an initial public “discovery” meeting of the Conservation Review Board has been scheduled. After receipt of the Board’s report, Council will decide how to proceed.

If elected, would you vote in favour of the Heritage Designation of 65 Ward St.? Yes

2018-10-11T12:37:24+00:00October 11th, 2018|Blog Post|