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Close vote on downtown heritage designation

Despite concerns of lack of consultation with downtown property owners, a vote to declare a portion of Picton’s Main Street as a “Heritage Conservation District” was passed in a recorded vote, following a motion vote lost in a tie at 7-7.

The Ontario Heritage Act designation applies to properties on Main Street from Talbot Street to Picton Harbour, including the traditional downtown core and the Main Street west area. The plan sets guidelines and design principles for major modifications to the outside of existing buildings and future development.

The designation was supported by the local heritage advisory committee and the Downtown Business Improvement Area due mostly to possible grants it may be eligible to receive under the new designation, citing Port Hope as an example.

It was not supported by Paul Adamthwaite, owner of The Naval Marine Archives (former Main St., Picton Post Office). And it was his concerns that led some councillors to want more information.

“The document should be considered as a work in progress,” Adamthwaite said, citing lack of clarity and transparancy that the issue was not addressed in a meaningful manner to the community and a survey that contained a few responses.

Adamthwaite explained he started a survey of Main Street property and business owners July 19 and so far had 68 responses. Of those,

“We earnestly request that council not approve this plan given the lack of clairty, lack of transparency, lack of detailed financial and economic analysis and above all, the overwhelming lack of support by the property and business owners affected.”

The process involves two categories of heritage permits – minor heritage permits for simple undertakings such as  replacement or alteration of windows, doors and decorative
trim, and major permits for more significant undertakings such as additions, demolition and replacement of building fronts. The minor heritage permits would be delegated to staff while major permits would require council approval.

“There is rich history in Prince Edward County,” said Mayor Peter Mertens in a release. “On behalf of council, I’d like to thank residents, business owners and local organizations who took part
in the many public consultation sessions that shaped the plan to ensure the unique charm of Picton Main Street is preserved.”

Picton Main Street is now one of approximately 112 Heritage Conservation Districts located in communities across Ontario.

Survey in Paul Adamthwaite's deputation to council

Survey in Paul Adamthwaite’s deputation to council

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  1. Paul says:

    Main St needed this designation hopefully it will prevent the lose of Main Streets character…

  2. Fed up says:

    About time we had.protection for heritage properties inbiz district.

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