Heritage

The 1783 St. Andrews Town Plat (over 60 blocks) is one of Canada's largest National Historic Districts. The Town has over 300 heritage buildings that support its historic character and local economy.

The Town is taking steps to preserve and develop its heritage resources, consistent with its Municipal Plan. In 2014, an Interim Heritage Planning Committee of local residents and business people was formed to develop a draft heritage strategy. In 2015, this committee led public consultations, resulting in a report that documented very high support for the municipal actions proposed in the strategy. In response, the Town Council appointed a permanent Heritage Board in July 2015 and directed it to draft a heritage bylaw.

The Heritage Board submitted a draft heritage bylaw to the Town Council in February 2016. This received first reading in April 2016 and a revised text received second reading in March 2017. The Town Council has scheduled a formal public hearing on the bylaw for April 24, 2017 and may consider a third and final reading at a later date.

Heritage Bylaw available for review

The proposed bylaw reflects the directions outlined in the 2014 draft heritage strategy and supported in detailed 2015 and 2016 public consultations.

It would, for recognized heritage properties, retain specific historic features of a heritage building's exterior, on the sides visible to the public, while allowing the owner to make any sympathetic renovations or additions.  It would also set a process to sell, re-purpose or move a heritage building before allowing its demolition.

Within the Town Plat, the proposed bylaw would also support changes to modern buildings, and the construction of new buildings, that won't detract from the visual character of nearby heritage buildings and streetscapes.

The Heritage Board welcomes all comments and questions; see the Learn More section below for contact information.

   

 St. Andrews Draft Heritage Strategy

The 12-page draft strategy reviews the significance of the town's heritage -- past and present -- and proposes actions by the town and by community interests to preserve, develop and promote this exceptional heritage as a focus for the town's future.  

While heritage buildings are at the core of the recommendations, the town's streetscapes, trees, green spaces and water views are also recognized as heritage resources that should be maintained.

The report's community-based recommendations are being considered directly by local groups and some are already being pursued.  

The Town Council directed the committee to obtain further input from residents on the municipal recommendations before deciding on its actions.  


Heritage Consultations

In May-June 2015, the Interim Heritage Planning Committee carried out widespread information and consultation activities, including two town-wide mailings, four public drop-in sessions, a heritage page on the Town website, a display at the Town library, an information pick-up at the Town Hall and a variety of media articles.  These culminated in a survey that was mailed to over 1,100 residents and property owners (including non-resident owners), posted on the Town website and available at in-town locations.

The survey results showed 90% public support for municipal action on the recommendations in the 2014 draft strategy, including adoption of a heritage bylaw and supporting policies; promotion of the Town's National Historic District identity and steps to preserve the Town's natural heritage.


In May-June 2016, the Heritage Board held a second round of public information and consultation sessions, specifically on the draft heritage bylaw.  These included four public consultations, personalized letters to all heritage property owners, and information distributed at the Town Hall, on the Town website, by the media and by the Board.

Nearly ninety percent of those who participated in the 2016 consultation supported having a heritage bylaw. Many of these made positive suggestions on bylaw implementation or sought technical advice on maintaining and renovating their heritage properties.

The Town will conduct a third and formal public consultation on the bylaw on April 24, 2017 before deciding on further action.

Learn More

Learn more about your heritage property:

 St. Andrews Heritage Properties Inventory
 St. Andrews Heritage Handbook 
 Information on heritage recognition and resources

Contact the Heritage Board for additional information;
Email: heritage@townofstandrews.ca
Mail:  Heritage Board, 212 Water Street, St. Andrews, NB  E5B 1B4
Phone: via the Town Hall (506) 529-5120

Upcoming Heritage Activities

None scheduled this month

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Links

National Register of Historic Places. A searchable database on thousands of historic places having national, provincial, territorial and local significance - including 118 in St. Andrews.
New Brunswick Register of Historic Places. A searchable database on over 1600 historic places in this province.
Charlotte County Archives.  The main source of historic information and photographs on the buildings, people and events of our area.  Staff and volunteers will assist you with research.
St. Andrews Civic Trust.  This site includes information on walking tours, heritage building recognition plaques and over one hundred local buildings now listed in the Canadian Register of Historic Places.
Fundy Culture.  Information on heritage resources and activities throughout Charlotte County, NB.
St. Andrews Municipal Plan.  Section 2.2 outlines the town's heritage directions.
St. Andrews Zoning By-Law.  Section 9 states the town's current heritage development standards.
New Brunswick Heritage Conservation Act.  This act serves many purposes, however its Section 55 outlines what might be considered in a local heritage conservation bylaw and Sections 46-53 what could be considered in the membership and functions of a local heritage board, all of these with great flexibility.