To review, document, and encourage the preservation of the Town of Mono's cultural and natural heritage.
- To establish criteria for the evaluation of buildings and properties of architectural and/or historical value or interest and to make recommendations to Council to designate properties in accordance with the Ontario Heritage Act.
- Review alteration plans/building permits for designated heritage properties, and demolition requests for listed properties and provide advice to Council.
- Review and maintain a list of properties worthy of conservation.
- Provide a public education and outreach program for landowners considering designation, or being considered for the Town's heritage listing.
- Review alteration plans/building permits for designated heritage properties.
- Implement awareness programs and activities, and attend town planned events to promote heritage and advise residents.
The Heritage Committee is compiling an ongoing inventory of buildings in the Town that may be of historic value. A photographic survey is underway by the Committee members of all barns in the Town. As well, a photo record of all existing bridges has been completed with the assistance of the Town's Public Works Department. The Committee continues to research properties that have been determined to be of historic value.
The Town of Mono Heritage Committee is constantly searching not only for properties suitable for designation, but for documents, local histories, stories, memorabilia, old deeds, photographs, and any other memories and recollections that may fill in the tapestry of local history. Let us hear about the history of buildings you know; share old photographs or clippings so they can be copied.
The Heritage Committee is a group of interested volunteers appointed by the Council to act as the advisory body on matters of architectural and natural heritage within the Town. Members are residents of the Town from many occupations including architects, artists, and local historians who are appointed by Council.
Members are appointed to the Heritage Committee from time to time by Council. There is no upper limit to the number of members that may be on the committee. One Council member also sits on committee.
View a map showing the Designated Heritage Properties in Mono including a description of each. You can view the registry and access the Heritage Register Bylaw (Bylaw 2016-22) with a listing of properties of interest on the Heritage Properties page. Further photographs are available at Peter Dusek Photography.
Heritage Properties of Interest
The Ontario Heritage Act provides the authority for a municipality to maintain a registry of properties that are considered to be of cultural heritage value or interest. This is quite different from being designated a Heritage Property. Properties listed in the Municipal Heritage Registry must provide the Town with at least 60 days written notice of any intention to demolish or remove any building or structure. Council may, during this 60 day period, either grant permission to demolish; or commence with the process to designate the property as a Heritage Property.
Property owners are provided notice that their property is being added to the list of Properties of Interest. The property owners then have an opportunity to object. Objections are to be provided in writing to the Clerk of the town, stating the reasons for objection. Council will then make the determination about whether to remove the property or not.
Meetings are held on the fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall Committee Meeting Room.
Meeting dates and location are subject to change. Meetings, including agenda, are published on the Council and Committee page.
You can find various documents pertaining to the Heritage Committee including minutes of past meetings online.