History and Heritage
Through heritage planning, some of our key heritage sites are recognized to allow current and future generations of Pitt Meadows' residents to value our First Nations culture, our natural environment, significant landmarks, and the pioneering efforts of first settlers.
View the the locations of the buildings within the Pitt Meadows Heritage Register as well as other protected sites.
Similar to other British Columbia cities, Pitt Meadows Council is empowered to undertake heritage conservation under the Local Government Act. This legislation provides a "toolkit" for heritage planning, some of which include:
- Heritage Inspections – The City can give notice for a property to be visually inspected to determine if it has heritage significance.
- Heritage Impact Assessments – Owner or developers can be required to provide information prior to development about the heritage significance of a site or building, and how to maintain heritage character.
- Temporary Heritage Protection – A bylaw or order by Council can prevent or suspend work on a heritage site or building, to allow for time to discuss the effects of the work and consider recognition or protection.
- Recognition of Heritage – Heritage sites and roads can be recognized by the placement of plaques and signs.
- Listing of Heritage Places – By resolution, Council may list properties with have heritage value or heritage character on a Community Heritage Register.
- Voluntary Heritage Protection – A property owner and the City can agree about how a heritage property or building is to be maintained and regulations such as zoning can be varied to accommodate continued or adaptive uses while giving flexibility for sensitive and profitable development.
- Council-initiated Heritage Protection – Through bylaws, Council can designate properties so that works like interior or exterior alteration, landscaping or moving of buildings be subject to guidelines and review before being undertaken.
- City Financial and Non-financial Incentives – Sites having voluntary or Council protection may be eligible for City property tax reductions, and relaxation of code requirements to accommodate long-term preservation of protected properties.
- Heritage Conservation Covenants – A property owner and Council or the Commission may have a legal agreement concerning the conservation of a natural or man-made heritage resource attached to the title of the property.
More information is available in the publication Heritage Conservation: A Community Guide.
Pitt Meadows is participating in the national Historic Places Initiative, which is a multi-phased program aimed at conserving and celebrating Canada's historic places. The centerpiece of the initiative is the Canadian Register of Historic Places allowing heritage sites from across Canada to be listed and viewable on a single on-line registry. Other components include a new standard for the renovation of heritage buildings, certification program for building renovations, and federal financial incentives.
More information about the Heritage Places Initiative and Pitt Meadows' nationally recognized heritage sites is available from Parks Canada:
The following links provide additional information regarding heritage planning and heritage conservation:
- Canada Heritage Foundation - The Heritage Canada Foundation is a national, membership-based organization and registered charity established in 1973.
- www.heritagebc.ca - Information is available about publications and resources for heritage property owners, including insurance for heritage buildings.
- Pitt Meadows Museum and Archives - Visit the website for information about the museum, events, and archival resources.
- Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals - CAHP is a national organization of qualified heritage practitioners that demonstrates and promotes excellence, develops and advocates standards, reaches out to allied organizations and provides services for the betterment of its members.
- Ontario Heritage Took Kit - Designed specifically in relation to Ontario's legislation, particularly in regards to the Historic Places Initiative.