Sample municipal heritage committee by-law

This sample by-law shows the types of information that could be in a by-law to set up a municipal heritage committee. This is only one example. A municipality considering creating a new heritage committee can consult with neighbouring municipalities about the by-laws used to establish their committees.

CORPORATION OF THE _______________________________
OF _________________________________________________
BY-LAW NUMBER ____________________________________
A BY-LAW TO ESTABLISH A MUNICIPAL HERITAGE COMMITTEE AND PROVIDE FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS THERETO

WHEREAS section 28 of the Ontario Heritage Act, R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER O.18, provides that the council of municipality may, by by-law, establish a municipal heritage committee to advise and assist the council on all matters relating to Parts IV and V of the Ontario Heritage Act, R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER O.18; and

WHEREAS the Council of the ___________________ of ___________________ deems it advisable to establish such a committee and provide for the appointment of members thereto;

THEREFORE the Council of the Corporation of the ___________________ of ___________________ enacts as follows:

  1. A municipal heritage committee is hereby established, to be known as the "____________ Heritage Committee".
  2. The committee shall consist of a minimum of five members. Members shall be appointed by Council.
  3. The Council of the Corporation of the ___________________ of ___________________ may, by resolution, replace members as terms of membership expire, or appoint from time to time such new members as it considers desirable.
  4. The municipal heritage committee shall, at its first meeting of each year, elect a Chairman from its membership.
  5. The Council through the municipal treasurer shall establish separate records on behalf of the committee to be known as the "Heritage Committee Financial Records."
  6. The terms of reference* of the committee shall be as follows:

    a) To establish criteria for the evaluation of properties of cultural heritage value or interest;
    b) To prepare, evaluate, and maintain a list of properties and areas worthy of conservation;
    c) To advise Council on means of conserving heritage properties and areas; and available funding sources;
    d) To advise Council on current heritage conservation legislation and to assist Council in the preparation of municipal legislation to conserve heritage properties and areas;
    e) To implement programs and activities to increase public awareness and knowledge of heritage conservation issues;
    f) To advise and assist Council on all matters relating to Parts IV and V of the Ontario Heritage Act, R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER O.18;
    g) To advise and assist Council on any other matters relating to properties or areas of cultural heritage value or interest;
    h) To prepare, before the ______ day of ______ each year, a report of the previous year's activities;
    i) The municipal heritage committee should meet monthly, but at least once each four months.

  7. This by-law shall come into force and take effect on the date of its passing (OR ALTERNATIVELY: on the ______ day of ______, 20___ ).

Dates of three readings:
____________________
____________________
____________________

________________________
(Signature of head of Council)

________________________
(Signature of Clerk)
* These terms of reference may be expanded or shortened as the council wishes.