A CHR is a cornerstone to a local government’s community heritage program. It should be implemented as part of a carefully planned heritage program to achieve clearly stated community goals.
Heritage Conservation: A Community Guide provides two scenarios:
A community undertakes a process of planning in its downtown commercial core which identifies five individual buildings of heritage value to the community. Three of the buildings are privately owned. The local government consults with the property owners, who are advised that no legal protection will result from inclusion on the register but that their properties will be flagged on the local government’s property file system. The local government a) passes a resolution which establishes the register, and, b) notifies both the property owners and the minister responsible for heritage conservation.
A local government plans to draft a local area plan for a residential neighbourhood. As a part of the planning process it decides to establish a Community Heritage Register for the neighbourhood. The research is completed, and residents and property owners are invited to a meeting to discuss the proposed register. Following the meeting, where most of the residents indicate their support for the register, council passes a resolution to establish the register and notifies the property owners and the minister responsible for heritage conservation.
Heritage Conservation, A Technical Guide for Local Governments includes the following advice for establishing a CHR: