|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | July, 23, 2012|
CITY DEVELOPING A HERITAGE MANAGEMENT PLAN
|The City of St. Albert and the Arts and Heritage Foundation, with the support of the Province of Alberta’s Municipal Heritage Partnership Program, is currently developing a Heritage Management Plan to help conserve, manage and celebrate heritage resources in the city.|
“Preserving and sustaining St. Albert’s arts, culture and heritage is a key priority for the City,” says Kelly Jerrott, director of Cultural Services. “Working with heritage property owners, the provincial government and the City departments, we will ensure St. Albert’s heritage is preserved, celebrated and sustained in the future.”
This project builds on the success of previous civic initiatives, including the purchase and restoration of key historic sites by the City in the 1990s, the establishment of a Places of Interest List and a Heritage Inventory and integration of heritage into St. Albert’s Municipal Development Plan (2011). A further goal of the project is to develop policy and programs based on community consultation and a comprehensive review of municipal best practice models in Canada and beyond.
A Heritage Management Plan Committee will oversee the development of the plan and includes representatives from City, Arts and Heritage Foundation and the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation.
In June 2012, the City conducted a workshop for people with properties of historic significance. The Places of Interest List currently includes properties designated as municipal historic resources as well as a number of residential properties. Residents are encouraged to visit the City website at www.stalbert.ca/HMP to learn more and find out if their property may be a heritage resource. The City is also seeking public input in the development of the plan and an online survey is posted on the website to get further input that will guide the process.
Following the preparation of the draft report and recommendations, a public open house will be held in September 2012 to present the preliminary results of the consultation and recommendations for the final plan.
The final Heritage Management Plan Report will be presented to Council in October, 2012.
For more information and to fill the online survey, please visit www.stalbert.ca/HMP.
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