Thank you for your email, and thank you for giving me the opportunity to express my point of view on the Heritage Act and to support Architectural Conservancy. I appreciate the work that you do in Waterloo Region. I would support Waterloo Region to work with lower tier municipalities that have implemented a tax refund program for designated heritage properties. I am glad that Wilmot Township has been encouraging and working with property owners of designated heritage properties. I think that having designated heritage properties is important in our community.
If elected, I would want to encourage and support the Heritage Wilmot Advisory Committee. I would want to consider incentives for designated and non-designated heritage properties. In my work, I have had offices in a number of older buildings. Whether they are designated or not, has not mattered as much as wanting to rebuild, re-use, and restore the properties so that the historical architecture is appreciated. I have not had experience myself working with the Heritage committee. I am impressed, though, by the different projects that have been done in my community, and I appreciate the projects that are conserving the historical significance of the older buildings. I applaud Marie Voisin for her work on restoring The Imperial Hotel in downtown New Hamburg. In my own house which was built in 1900, I have just had an original stain glass window repaired so that it would not fall down. It is now restored to its original beauty. I think that Open Doors can be a good way for many people to enjoy the beauty of our old buildings.
Candidate for Ward 4 Wilmot Township.