MEH looking for Maitland Heritage District feedback

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MAITLAND: Heritage value may extend beyond a single building to a group of related structures and their overall setting. In this case, several properties can be collectively protected through the establishment of a heritage conservation district.

In 1995, Maitland was declared Nova Scotia’s first Heritage Conservation District (HCD) and is now one of only seven in Nova Scotia.

In 2017, 22 years after the Heritage Conservation District Plan and Bylaw were initially adopted, the Municipality began a review of these documents. The Plan expresses the intentions of the East Hants Municipal Council with respect to the conservation of the historic and architectural value of buildings and structures, and their setting in a portion of Maitland.

The Plan was prepared and adopted in conjunction with a Heritage Conservation District Bylaw, which is a companion document to the Plan describing the boundaries of the district and containing the specific regulations, design guidelines and administrative procedures through which the policies of the Plan are implemented.

On May 31, 2017 a workshop was held at the Maitland Fire Hall, to seek feedback on the existing HCD Plan and Bylaw. At the workshop, most of the discussion and feedback provided by property owners surrounded the HCD boundary, and particular properties which should be removed or added to the HCD.

The Municipality of East Hants is now seeking feedback on the draft amended Maitland plan and bylaw.

A Public Open House, to review the draft documents, has been scheduled at the Maitland Fire Hall for Tuesday, April 3, 2018. Drop by any time between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to review the proposed amendments and to discuss the Maitland Conservation District with municipal staff.

In the event of cancellation, an alternative date of Thursday April 5 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. has been scheduled. In addition to the Open House, MEH encourages any written comments you may have.

If you would like to provide feedback on the Heritage Conservation District Plan and Bylaw or if you would like further information, please contact Rachel Gilbert at 902-883-7098 ext. 122 or via email at rgilbert@easthants.ca.