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.
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.
Mail: Heritage Board, 212 Water Street, St. Andrews, NB E5B 1B4
Phone: via the Town Hall (506) 529-5120