|The Port Moody Heritage Register was established in August 2003 by a resolution of Council. A Heritage Register is an official list of properties identified by a local government as having heritage significance. Extensive research is compiled for each Register listing and written in the form of a Statement of Significance (or SOS). A Statement of Significance consists of the following three components:
- a description of the historic place – explains the general character of the historic place;
- heritage value of the historic place – explains why the historic resource is valuable;
- a list of the character defining elements - describes the physical elements of heritage value
The Heritage Register is a planning tool to assist property owners and local governments in determining heritage value and identifying how individual properties can contribute to broader community heritage planning objectives. Local governments are authorized to withhold (delay) demolition and building permits for buildings listed on a Register for a maximum of 60 days. This allows municipalities the time to make provisions to relocate the building to another site or to salvage building materials. A Register does not provide legal protection (such as designation) but enables the monitoring of proposed changes to heritage properties.
At present, the Port Moody Heritage Register consists of 65 property listings and two area listings (Moody Centre residential and Moody Centre commercial areas).
Advantages to being on a register include eligibility for federal, provincial or local grants (if applicable) as well as eligibility for building code equivalencies. Buildings listed on the Port Moody Heritage Register also receive an etched bronze plaque identifying the property.
Early in 2000 the Port Moody Heritage Commission published the City's first Heritage Inventory. It provides wonderful insight into Port Moody's past and documents the history and architectural significance of 63 local heritage buildings.
The City of Port Moody Heritage Inventory is available for viewing in the Development Services department at City Hall and the Port Moody Station Museum. The document is also available for loan from the Port Moody Public Library.
The Inventory was prepared for the City by Donald Luxton and Associates.
For more information, email us or call 604.469.4540.
Last updated: 07/03/2012 2:41:40 PM