Cultural Heritage Master Plan

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The Town of Halton Hills has demonstrated a continued commitment to the conservation of cultural heritage resources within the community, and the rich history of the Town is valued by residents and visitors alike.


The Cultural Heritage Master Plan (CHMP) will provide the tools to identify, protect, and celebrate Halton Hills’ rich and diverse cultural heritage resources.

It will also provide comprehensive guidance for the management of cultural heritage resources including, but not limited to, cultural heritage landscapes, properties designated under Parts IV and V of the Ontario Heritage Act, and non-designated properties that are listed on the Town’s Heritage Register.

Section F5 of the Town of Halton Hills’ Official Plan speaks to the conservation of the Town’s cultural heritage resources and states the Town’s intent to identify, conserve, and enhance cultural heritage resources and that all new development occurs in a manner that respects the Town’s rich cultural heritage.

The Cultural Heritage Master Plan development will be a community-integrated process, shaped by input from the public and key stakeholders, including Indigenous communities.





Please visit the map and kickoff survey to tell us what you love about Halton Hills and identify special places.







The Town of Halton Hills has demonstrated a continued commitment to the conservation of cultural heritage resources within the community, and the rich history of the Town is valued by residents and visitors alike.


The Cultural Heritage Master Plan (CHMP) will provide the tools to identify, protect, and celebrate Halton Hills’ rich and diverse cultural heritage resources.

It will also provide comprehensive guidance for the management of cultural heritage resources including, but not limited to, cultural heritage landscapes, properties designated under Parts IV and V of the Ontario Heritage Act, and non-designated properties that are listed on the Town’s Heritage Register.

Section F5 of the Town of Halton Hills’ Official Plan speaks to the conservation of the Town’s cultural heritage resources and states the Town’s intent to identify, conserve, and enhance cultural heritage resources and that all new development occurs in a manner that respects the Town’s rich cultural heritage.

The Cultural Heritage Master Plan development will be a community-integrated process, shaped by input from the public and key stakeholders, including Indigenous communities.





Please visit the map and kickoff survey to tell us what you love about Halton Hills and identify special places.






  • Cultural Heritage Master Plan Project Update #2: October 19, 2021

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    Hi Cultural Heritage Master Plan enthusiasts – it’s ERA Architects here again, reporting on our information-gathering activity over the last two months.

    We’ve completed an initial draft of an Existing Conditions Report, a document that combines research and analysis on Halton Hills’ history, existing conditions of its Heritage Register (i.e. the Town’s roster of listed and designated heritage properties), current heritage policy framework, and other factors that may forecast future challenges or opportunities for the Town’s heritage resources.

    The Existing Conditions Report is key because it lays the groundwork for the strategies, policies and initiatives that will be explored in the Cultural Heritage Master Plan. The report is now under internal review, and we’re looking forward to finalizing it by the end of 2021.

    On the public engagement front, our public survey and mapping exercise has been live on this site for almost two months now. We’re hoping to see even more participation in the next two weeks, leading up to its closing date on October 31st. We’ll publicize the exercise again at our Public Open House on Tuesday, October 26th, 6:30-8pm. Please register for the event if you haven’t already!

    Additionally, we’ve been workshopping ideas with key stakeholders, including the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MCFN), who hold treaty rights to the lands on which Halton Hills exists today. As a starting point, the MCFN will have the opportunity to contribute to the development of a written history of the Halton Hills area and an analysis of key historical themes.

    In the coming weeks, we’ll be turning our attention to collecting and synthesizing public engagement results from this platform, the October 26th Public Open House, and more. We look forward to hearing what you all have to say! The public engagement results will be combined with the information we’ve gathered in the Existing Conditions Report to help inform the development of the Cultural Heritage Master Plan.

  • Cultural Heritage Master Plan Project Update #1: August 18, 2021

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    Welcome to our first Project Update for the Halton Hills Cultural Heritage Master Plan! We’re so glad that you’ve decided to follow along with this process, and we hope you’ll stay engaged with us over the next two years until the Master Plan is complete.

    Today’s Project Update comes from ERA Architects - we're a cultural heritage planning and architecture firm based out of Toronto, and we’re so excited to get to work with the Town of Halton Hills on this Master Plan.

    Since our project kick-off in late June 2021, we’ve spent the last month (and will spend the next few months) in an initial information-gathering phase, with tasks like:

    • Research on the town’s history and evolution

    • Site visits to see and understand Halton Hills in person

    • Review of the existing listed and designated heritage properties in Halton Hills, to understand what’s protected and what’s not

    • Review of the existing provincial and municipal policies that protect heritage in Halton Hills

    A key part of our information-gathering is public engagement! We want to hear from you – and all your neighbours, friends, colleagues, kids, parents and more. We’ve been working this month to set up our Let’s Talk Halton Hills public engagement webpage, and we’re getting ready to spread the word far and wide about it. Keep an eye out in the next few weeks as our survey and mapping exercise goes live here!

    We’ve also been reaching out to First Nations communities with historical relationships and/or legal treaty rights to today’s Halton Hills, to ensure that any and all interested communities will be included in the Cultural Heritage Master Plan's development.

    That’s all from us today! We’ll continue to update you here, on a bi-monthly basis, to share what's going on with this project. In the meantime, keep an eye on our Let’s Talk Halton Hills webpage for surveys, mapping, project details, Public Open House notices, and more.