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Heritage houses

List of local heritage properties to grow

Posted June 2, 2014

Heritage New Tecumseth Advisory Board is recommending a list of eight sites in Town be designated "Significant Properties," (Classification No. 2) including two houses linked to the founding families of Alliston and Tottenham.

The Fletcher House at 18 Fletcher Cres in Alliston, and the Nolan House at 6787 4th Line in Tottenham, are among the new entries to the New Tecumseth Heritage Registry which was established in 2009 with six properties including the original Fletcher House, Beeton Town Hall, and "The Gables" in Tottenham.

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Properties identifed as "Significant" are not exempt from demolition or alterations, and the municipality does not register that on title, as it would on those sites "designated" under the Ontario Heritage Act. Instead, the owner of a "Significant" property would have to provide 60 days notice when applying for a demolition permit. In "routine" circumstances, a demolition permit is required to be processed within 10 days.

"While properties identified as being significant do not benefit from the same protection of those that are designated, the indentification and inclusion of significant properties within a heritage register is an important conservation tool for municipalities, especially in the event of an owner making application for a demolition permit," according to a report to council on tonight's agenda. "This required notice ensures that council has an opportunity to consider options with respect to conservation for the property in question."

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