Cultural Heritage Landscape Strategy

Cultural Heritage Landscape Strategy

Protecting and preserving our heritage is a key priority for the Town of Oakville. This includes cultural landscapes and natural heritage features, as well as buildings.

NEW! Draft Cultural Heritage Landscape Assessment Reports

The Draft Cultural Heritage Landscape Assessment Reports for six high priority properties are now available:

RayDor Estate/Glen Abbey - 1333 Dorval Drive (pdf, 20 MB)
Bowbeer Farmstead - 1086 Burnhamthorpe Road East (pdf, 6 MB)
Rivaz Farm - 3367 Dundas Street West (formerly known as McMichael Farm) (pdf, 5 MB)
Hilton Farm - 2031 North Service Road (pdf, 4.8 MB)
Biggar Farm - 4243 Sixth Line (pdf, 6 MB)
Van Sickle Farm - 3451 Tremaine Road (formerly known as Remnant Farmstead) (pdf, 4.7 MB)

The Draft Cultural Heritage Landscape Assessment Reports will be considered by Heritage Oakville Advisory Committee on April 25, 2017. The meeting will take place at Town Hall, Council Chamber beginning at 9:30 a.m.  The recommendations from Heritage Oakville and staff will go forward to Council for final determination at its meeting of May 15, 2017.

To register to speak at the Heritage Oakville Advisory Committee meeting of April 25, 2017 or to provide written comments, please email the Town Clerk at or call 905-815-6015 by 4:30 p.m. the day prior to the meeting.

To register to speak at the Planning and Development Council meeting of May 15, 2017 or to provide written comments, please email the Town Clerk at or call 905-815-6015 by 4:30 p.m. the day prior to the meeting.

Panels from March 7, 2017 Public Open House

A public open house was held on March 7, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the South Atrium at Town Hall. The open house had information stations for each of the eight properties that are currently being studied as part of Phase Two.

The information station panels are available here:

Phase Two is now underway.

The Cultural Heritage Landscape Strategy Implementation - Phase Two is currently underway for the eight high priority properties identified in Phase One. These properties include:

  • Bronte Harbour (3014 Lakeshore Road West)
  • Bronte Bluffs (35 West River Street)
  • Bowbeer Farmstead (1086 Burnhamthorpe Road East)
  • Raydor Estate / Glen Abbey (1333 Dorval Drive)
  • McMichael Farm (3367 Dundas Street West)
  • Hilton Farm (2031 North Service Road West)
  • Biggar Farm (4243 Sixth Line)
  • Remnant Farmstead (3451 Tremaine Road)

The consulting team is currently completing site visits, research and assessments for these properties. It is anticipated that these assessments will be presented to Council in 2017.

Project Overview

In January 2014, the Town of Oakville adopted the Cultural Heritage Landscapes Strategy, which set the foundation for the primary identification of candidate cultural heritage landscapes and the further inventory and evaluation of significant cultural heritage landscapes. It also developed a formal process for addressing the conservation of cultural heritage landscape resources in the Town of Oakville.

The Cultural Heritage Landscape Strategy is based on best practices in municipal heritage planning and applicable legislation, including the Planning Act and the Ontario Heritage Act.

  • Section 1 provides an introduction to cultural heritage landscapes and the applicable legislation.
  • Section 2 defines what cultural heritage landscapes are and how to identify and evaluate them.
  • Section 3 outlines the legislation and tools that are available to preserve and protect cultural heritage landscapes.
  • Section 4 provides the conservation strategies to preserve and commemorate cultural heritage landscapes.

The strategy is not intended to be an exhaustive study on the history of Oakville, nor is it a full inventory of all potential cultural heritage landscapes in the town.

Phase One – Inventory of Public and Private Potential Cultural Heritage Landscapes

The purpose of this project is to complete an inventory of public and privately owned properties in the Town of Oakville that have the potential to be a Cultural Heritage Landscape. Along with the inventory, a recommendation report will be required on how to protect and prioritize the identified cultural heritage landscapes in the inventory.

Objectives for Phase One are to:

  • Identify the potential cultural heritage landscapes to be inventoried.
  • Undertake meaningful public and stakeholder outreach and engagement during the inventory process.
  • Develop inventory sheets for each identified cultural heritage landscape to document existing conditions.
  • Provide a recommendation for future action on each cultural heritage landscape.
  • Compile findings and recommendations into a summary report to present to Oakville Town Council.

The Phase One inventory is now complete and was endorsed by Oakville Town Council on February 26, 2016.

The Summary Report provides an overview of the project and inventoried properties.  Visit the Cultural Heritage Landscape Strategy Implementation Individual Inventory Reports.

Phase Two - Cultural Heritage Landscape Assessments

Following the completion of the Phase One inventory, and based on the priority for action recommendations in the inventory, full assessments/reports will be completed for the recommended properties from Phase One. These assessments provide the full evidentiary basis on which to proceed with any protection measures in Phase Three, such as Official Plan policies or designation under the Ontario Heritage Act. Given timing and budget restraints, the completion of Phase Two will likely take place in several stages, with identified high priority properties being assessed first and medium and low priority properties being assessed in the future as resources are made available. It is also possible that within the identified high priority projects, properties may proceed through Phase Two separately or at different times.

Phase Two shall include, but not be limited to:

  • Detailed research for each property;
  • Evaluation of each property against the criteria of Ontario Regulation 9/06;
  • A Statement of Cultural Heritage Value or Interest for each property;
  • Assessment of the condition of the property, including built and natural features.

Staff Contact

Susan Schappert, CAHP, MCIP, RPP
Heritage Planner, District East/West
Planning Services
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3870

Documents and Resources