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Heritage Resources Committee

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The Heritage Resources Committee explores opportunities to bring more public awareness of Medicine Hat's Heritage Resources, and how everyone can get involved in the authentic character of the city's roots.

Why conserving heritage is important:

  • Increases community pride;
  • Manages the pace of change;
  • Preserves social and physical fabric of built environment;
  • Increases cultural and heritage-based tourism;
  • Keys into sustainability and environmental initiatives;
  • Creates jobs for local heritage trades and tourism;
  • Guides and fosters business development in the commercial core;
  • Creates awareness of the range of heritage resources in the community; and
  • Helps to set direction for local planning initiatives.

Meet the Committee
Public Members

Committee Function

The Heritage Resources Committee's mandate is to act in an advisory capacity to the Committee and Council with respect to heritage resources in the City of Medicine Hat.

The Heritage Resources Committee continues to work on a Places of Interest List that will support the continual and ongoing development of a Heritage Resources Inventory.  This process determines what buildings, landscapes and structures are determined to be of historical significance.

The Committee performs the following functions and duties:

  • to establish the criteria for the Committee to use for recommendations on Municipal Historic Resource Designation to Council;
  • to establish and maintain a Registry of heritage resources that should be considered for designation;
  • to receive requests for designation and evaluate the request for designation of sites/resources and recommends designation to City Council;
  • to review development and demolition applications that may affect designated and potential heritage buildings, and makes recommendations to Planning, Building and Development Services; and,
  • to monitor the effectiveness of legislation which affects the City’s heritage conservation objectives and proposes appropriate amendments.
  • Board members serve a term of three years and may not be appointed for more than three consecutive terms.

Heritage Resources Policy
Approved in 2009, the Heritage Resources Policy provides a framework of principles, goals and a structure by which identification, protection and preservation related to heritage resources may be delivered. Also included in the Heritage Resources Policy is the formulation of a Heritage Resources Committee and an Action Plan that guides the work of the Committee.

Heritage Resources Committee Action Plan
The Action Plan includes documentation, interpretation, and promotion of heritage, incentive and funding opportunities, and developing collaborative relationships.  The Action Plan has been further detailed through the work of the Committee and is evolving on each of these areas with a focus on establishing a Heritage Resources Inventory.

Evolving Committee goals and actions include:

  • City’s first Municipal Designated Heritage Resources and Plaque Program Development
  • Ewart Duggan House Heritage Garden
  • Heritage Awards and Awareness
  • Places of Interest List towards the Heritage Resources Inventory

For more information, please contact
Karen-Anne Cherwonogrodzky, Heritage Assistant
City of Medicine Hat
Phone: 403.525.8607