The City of Burlington is reviewing the Mount Nemo Plateau cultural heritage landscape through a Heritage Conservation District Study process.
A heritage conservation district is a defined area determined to be worthy of protection under the Ontario Heritage Act. Cultural heritage landscapes can be protected through the city's Official Plan and/or through designation as a Heritage Conservation District.
At its meeting on May 20, 2014, Burlington City Council approved staff report PB-38-14, which recommended that a Heritage Conservation District Study process be initiated for the Mount Nemo Plateau area. The study will look at the lands and properties in the Mount Nemo area to determine if there are significant landscapes which may have been modified by human activities and are valued by a community.
As part of the city's Official Plan Review process and as directed by City Council, the city commissioned a Preliminary Study of the Heritage Character of the Mount Nemo Plateau. The study was completed by a heritage consultant and presented by staff to the Development and Infrastructure Committee on January 13, 2014 (PB-07-14).
The work of the consultant has identified that the Mount Nemo Plateau possesses heritage character worthy of recognition as a cultural heritage landscape through further study and possible designation as a Heritage Conservation District. Staff recommended that decisions on whether or not to pursue a Heritage Conservation District study not occur until after public consultation. After this process, public consultation was conducted and, subsequently, staff recommended that a study proceed and provided Council with a terms of reference for the Mount Nemo Plateau study.
In September 2014, the contract was awarded to the consulting firm of MMM Group, with Archaeological Services Inc. and DBH Soil Services to assist the city with the heritage study.
Initial field review was conducted in November 2014. The consulting team worked only from the public right-of-ways (e.g., roads), taking photographs and making notes regarding the character of the landscape and built form. Private property was not entered as part of this research. This aim of this work was to collect field data that will inform the identification and evaluation of the key cultural heritage landscape(s) and natural heritage features.
The first public meeting for the Heritage Conservation District Study was held in February 2015 to present the initial study findings and to solicit public feedback.
An update on the Mount Nemo Plateau Heritage Conservation District Study will be held on Monday, May 2, 2016 at Councillor John Taylor's Ward 3 spring meeting.
While the City remains committed to protecting the special character of rural Burlington, city staff are recommending that City Council not proceed with the Mount Nemo Study.
At the meeting on May 2, city staff will:
Participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions of staff and offer comments. All questions and comments will be recorded for consideration in current and future City planning initiatives.
Date: Monday, May 2, 2016
Time: 7 - 8 p.m.
Location: Conservation Halton Auditorium, 2596 Britannia Rd, Burlington
For more information, please contact Leah Smith, Senior Planner at Leah.Smith@burlington.ca or by phone at 905-335-7600, ext. 7508.
All previous reports and project documents can be found on the Mount Nemo Studies and Reports page.