Heritage By-Law

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During the Envision St. John’s review of the Municipal Plan and Development Regulations, staff recognized that a Heritage By-Law would provide better protection of built heritage. A by-law derives its authority from the City of St. John’s Act, which has specific provisions for built heritage, whereas the Urban and Rural Planning Act is silent on built heritage. The City Act provides a more secure foundation for heritage protection.

The draft Heritage By-Law is presented for public review and comment. Following public consultation, feedback will be brought back to Council for consideration. The approval of the Heritage By-Law will be coordinated with the approval of Envision St. John’s to avoid any gap in heritage regulations. Check out the FAQs for additions to the bylaw. Use the forum tools below to provide feedback or sign up for a virtual meeting.

During the Envision St. John’s review of the Municipal Plan and Development Regulations, staff recognized that a Heritage By-Law would provide better protection of built heritage. A by-law derives its authority from the City of St. John’s Act, which has specific provisions for built heritage, whereas the Urban and Rural Planning Act is silent on built heritage. The City Act provides a more secure foundation for heritage protection.

The draft Heritage By-Law is presented for public review and comment. Following public consultation, feedback will be brought back to Council for consideration. The approval of the Heritage By-Law will be coordinated with the approval of Envision St. John’s to avoid any gap in heritage regulations. Check out the FAQs for additions to the bylaw. Use the forum tools below to provide feedback or sign up for a virtual meeting.

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  • Heritage Standards

    7 months ago
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    The current Heritage Standards can be found in Section 5.9.4 of the St. John's Development Regulations. The proposed Heritage Standards can be found in Schedule D of the new Heritage By-Law. In the transition from the St. John's Development Regulations to the new Heritage By-Law, are we missing any heritage standards? Check out the FAQ Section for more details. 

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  • Heritage Reports

    7 months ago
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    A Heritage Report is a new requirement for:

    • applications to demolish a Heritage Building;
    • applications to change or revoke the designation of a Heritage Building; and any 
    • other application as recommended by the appropriate staff member (termed an “Inspector” in the By-Law). 

    A Heritage Report addresses the anticipated impacts that the proposed work may have on the heritage value of a building, neighbourhood or streetscape. The report informs Council and the public on heritage impacts before Council makes a decision on an application. Heritage Reports will be similar to Land Use Assessment Reports (LUARs); Council will set terms of reference, the applicant will pay for the report to be prepared by a suitably qualified consultant, and the report will be made public. 

    Do you think Heritage Reports will be a useful tool? A Sample Heritage Report Terms of Reference can be found here

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