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.

Update: Notice of Intention to Designate - Glen Abbey Property

On August 21, 2017, Council unanimously voted in favour to proceed with a Notice of Intention to Designate the Glen Abbey property as a significant cultural heritage landscape under s. 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act. For further details, read the news release.

Read the official Notice of Intention to Designate.

On September 25, 2017, Pacific Life Insurance Company has filed an objection to the town’s Notice of Intention to Designate Glen Abbey Golf Course. This objection will be forwarded to the Conservation Review Board for a hearing. The CRB would then issue its recommendation to Council as to whether the appeal is warranted. Final decision to designate rests with Council.

Staff will bring forward separate reports to Council on each of the three remaining Council endorsed properties after they have moved through Phase Three of the process.

Phase Three: Cultural Heritage Landscape Strategy Implementation Project Outline

Phase Three of the implementation of the Cultural Heritage Landscape Strategy (CHLS) will consider and recommend appropriate protection measures for the conservation, protection and preservation of significant cultural heritage landscapes recognized by Oakville Town Council. The implementation will consider tools under the Ontario Heritage Act, the Planning Act and Municipal Act.

Phase Three will be a town staff led project and may use external and internal consultants as needed.  Heritage planning staff will manage the project with other town staff providing advice and feedback when required.  It is anticipated that consultants from Phase One and/or Two of the CHLS may be retained as independent experts to provide advice and information to facilitate the process.

It is anticipated that Phase Three of the implementation of the CHLS will continue to engage with the public and property owners to meet and exceed all statutory requirements. Consultation may vary with each individual CHL, tailored to the unique circumstances of each landscape.

Council recognizes four significant cultural heritage landscapes in Oakville

Council recognized four Oakville properties as significant cultural heritage landscapes at its Planning and Development Council on May 15, 2017. The four properties are:

  • Raydor Estate/Glen Abbey at 1333 Dorval Drive
  • Bowbeer Farmstead at 1086 Burnamthorpe Road East
  • Hilton Farm at 2013 North Service Road West
  • Biggar Farm at 4243 Sixth Line.

The four properties will now be subject to Phase Three implementation work led by town staff to identify and recommend to Council potential measures to safeguard the heritage attributes of these properties.

Presentation from Heritage Oakville Advisory Committee from April 25, 2017

Presentation - April 25, 2017  (pdf)

Final Cultural Heritage Landscape Assessment Reports

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

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

The Draft Cultural Heritage Landscape Assessment Reports was considered by Heritage Oakville Advisory Committee on April 25, 2017 and went to Council for final determination on May 15, 2017.

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.

Phase Two

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) - completed
  • Raydor Estate / Glen Abbey (1333 Dorval Drive) - completed
  • McMichael Farm (3367 Dundas Street West) - completed
  • Hilton Farm (2031 North Service Road West) - completed
  • Biggar Farm (4243 Sixth Line) - completed
  • Remnant Farmstead (3451 Tremaine Road) - completed

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

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