Review deferred after concerns

At the December 17 meeting, councillors decided to remove the lowest level-four category in the Municipal Heritage Inventory and replace it with a photographic record, taken by the council, of the homes and sites.

Some residents expressed concern that they were not informed about their properties being placed in category four, that some of the listed heritage assets of the buildings were incorrect and the listing could affect their ability to renovate, or demolish and rebuild.

Answering the complaints, councillors also agreed to clarify the criteria for higher recognition and protection in categories three and two of the inventory.

It was also agreed that a ‘plain language’ brochure be written so residents understand the implications of their properties being placed on the inventory, and the review not be considered until all issues with affected residents are resolved by the March meeting.

‘Our reasoning is that it would not be good to see all the work done so far deferred, with a date for further consideration in fairness to the residents who have taken time to make submissions (to the review),’ Cr Libby Eustance said.