The property owner is encouraged to meet with local government staff (the planner or heritage planner) to discuss the heritage significance of the property, the designation process, and any expectations for legally protecting the property. Staff will be able to advise if a heritage designation bylaw is an appropriate action for the property. A site visit will usually be arranged at this time.
The property owner submits the application form requesting legal heritage protection. Other applications may be required, depending on circumstances; this may include a rezoning application.
Staff reviews the application and prepares a report to Council, presenting a Heritage Designation Bylaw along with the property owner’s request. This report may address (see section 612(5) of the LGA):
The report must be available to the public at least 10 days before the required public meeting. See section 612(4).
This ensures the owner(s) and the public have reasonable opportunity for input prior to City Council considering the adoption of a Heritage Designation Bylaw.
Following the public hearing, Council considers 2nd and 3rd readings of the bylaw.
Following successful adoption:
The City of Maple Ridge has adopted the following requirements for the heritage designation process (source):