At the January 17, 2011 Committee of the Whole meeting, the Heritage Task Force presented Council member with their Phase 1 report entitled Community Heritage Values and a Heritage Vision for the District of Highlands.
Heritage task force members Sally Gose and Bronwen Duncan reported that this report fulfills the first phase of work outlined in the Terms of Reference. The purpose of the report was to identify heritage values and establish a heritage vision for the Highlands. The report includes findings of the Task Force and describes the planning and community consultation.
Heritage Vision the the District of Highlands:
The Highlands community’s vision of heritage is rooted in people’s shared experience of a sense of place. It is dynamic, representing the living and changing nature of heritage. It includes the tangible and intangible elements of both the past and the present. It contains ideas and memories. It is who we are and how we identify ourselves. It is our community’s inheritance. The heritage vision recognizes examples of community history and the desire of residents to feel connected to nature, by supporting the idea of conservation. It celebrates the aesthetic and innovative; and honours the uniqueness of the Highlands community’s social fabric.
Five community heritage values:
- Recognizing examples of community history
- Sustaining the ability for residents to feel connected to nature
- Supporting the vision of environmental conservation
- Celebrating the aesthetic and innovative (past and present)
- Honouring the uniqueness of the Highlands community’s social fabric (past and present)
At the September 12, 2011 Committee of the Whole meeting, the Heritage Task Force presented Council member with their Phase 2 report entitled Recommendations for a District of Highlands Heritage Register
Heritage Task Force member Sally Gose reported that the terms of reference for the Task Force were to develop a heritage vision and heritage values for the
Highlands (phase one); and to develop eligibility criteria and create a preliminary list of items to be
placed on a Community Heritage Register (phase two).
This report fulfills the second phase of work outlined by the District of Highlands Council. Its purpose is
to make recommendations to Council for property, buildings or other areas of the municipality to be
included on a Community Heritage Register. The Task Force developed an inventory of heritage sites for
consideration by reviewing the list of heritage resources generated by the community consultation that took place in phase one. Each site was examined in relation to the community heritage values, and a list
of places was developed for further research and potential site visits. Ultimately, the Task Force
identified twenty sites to be considered for the Community Heritage Register, and nineteen are being
recommended to Council for registration. This report provides specific recommendations regarding the
heritage sites being put forward for the register, as well as a number of general recommendations for
the ongoing recognition, conservation and celebration of the District’s heritage resources.
Contact the Highlands Heritage Task Force - Heritage@Highlands.ca