Heritage designation means that the cultural heritage value of a property is legally recognized and protected under the Ontario Heritage Act. Heritage permits are required to alter the property’s designated features – these can include building elements, structures and even landscape features. Heritage designation does not restrict the use of a building.
A Harbours Master Plan is a comprehensive 10-year plan that will establish a vision for both Bronte and Oakville Harbours and the important role they play in the future of Oakville.
Consultation will include engagement with local residents and businesses, Business Improvement Associations, boaters, boating clubs and associations, Halton Region, government agencies, tourism operators, historical societies and the general public.
As part of the Harbours Master Plan consultation, town staff will engage with the boating community, local residents and businesses on preferred use of the building. Any decision on the building’s future will be made by Council after considering both public input and the cost of related renovations. The town is committed to supporting a vibrant community while honouring the marine heritage of Bronte.
It is expected the Harbours Master Plan will take 9-12 months to complete, with public consultation beginning in fall 2015.
With other tenants vacating the building last fall there is a reduction in the level of repairs necessary now there is a single tenant. Repairs can be made to the building to ensure it is safe for the light industrial use of Northshore Boatworks.
The type of renovations required will depend on what the building will be used for in the future. Stakeholder and public consultation on future use of the building will be part of the Harbours Master Plan consultation in the fall 2015. The cost of associated repairs and renovations will then be brought forward in the 2016 capital budget for approval by Council.
Yes, the Harbours office will operate as usual. All harbour amenities including the boating and BHYC facilities, dock and launch operations, haul-outs, storage, washrooms/showers, parking, mast stepping or un-stepping, bottom washes will remain unchanged.
Dredging recently occurred within the inner harbour to remove accumulated silt to ensure mooring slips and the channel are available for recreational boating. The permit for dredging work ended March 31 and 18,500 cu m of silt has been removed. Further dredging work will be done this fall to remove approximately another 4,500 cu m of silt.