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Heritage Planning

What is heritage planning?

The unique identity of our town can change as it grows and expands, but careful planning can help maintain that certain charm found in High River.

Heritage Planning protects the town’s character, identity and appearance, which goes beyond tree lined streets and maintaining store fronts. It includes various methods to protect and preserve a municipality’s history and heritage resources, such as:

  • Identifying buildings and resources the community wants to preserve
  • Evaluating potential heritage sites and maintaining an Inventory of Heritage Resources 
  • Reviewing all planning permit applications that may affect designated and potential heritage buildings
  • Recommending buildings to Council for designation under the Alberta Historical Resources (1) Act to be put on the Register of Historic Resources (2) in Alberta.
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of legislation which affects heritage conservation objectives and proposing appropriate amendments


In March 2016, High River Town Council accepted a Historical Context Paper prepared by Town Administration with assistance provided by Ambrose University students under Prof Kyle Jantzen, Chair of the Heritage Advisory Board. 

Read the Historical Context Paper here

 

In order to track and record buildings which are architecturally or socially significant to High River’s history, the Town of High River has undertaken two Heritage Inventory Projects since 2012 – one for mostly commercial buildings in the downtown area, and the second for mostly residential structures in the southwest area of High River.

Phase I, II and III are now complete and the final reports and lists of identified properties can be viewed using the links below:

The approximately 61 (sixty-one) properties in total which comprise Phase I, Phase II and Phase III will become part of the Town’s Inventory of Historic Resources. These buildings may be eligible for designation as a Municipal Designated Resource,  which legally protects them and also opens channels for provincial funding assistance for approved conservation projects.  Properties designated as Municipal Historic Resources are also placed on Alberta’s Register of Historical Resources. Homeowners of these properties are invited to fill out the application for heritage designation.

(1) http://www.qp.alberta.ca/documents/Acts/h09.pdf

(2) https://hermis.alberta.ca/arhp/Default.aspx?DeptID=1

Designated Heritage properties

List of Designated / Registered Buildings in the Town of High River

1. CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY STATION

Provincial Historic Resource
406 - 1 Street SW, High River

2. CLARK RESIDENCE, THE

Provincial Historic Resource
725 Macleod Trail, High River

3. E.P. RANCH

Provincial Historic Resource
RR 2, High River Plan 041 1253, Area A

4. FM RANCH ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

Provincial Historic Resource
High River

5. FORMER NURSES RESIDENCE

Registered Historic Resource & Municipal Historic Resource
440 Macleod Trail SW, High River

6. LEMUEL SEXSMITH RESIDENCE

Registered Historic Resource
708 - 3 Street SE, High River

7. MUSEUM OF THE HIGHWOOD

Provincial Historic Resource
401 - 1 Street West, High River

8. MACCOY CABIN

Provincial Historic Resource
1201 - 5 Street SE, High River

9. WALES THEATRE

Municipal Historic Resource
421 - 1 Street SW, High River

10. W.O MITCHELL RESIDENCE

Municipal Historic Resource
514 - 8 Street SW, High River

11. GARRETT RESIDENCE

Municipal Historic Resource
501 - 8 Street SW, High River

 

 

Town Office

309B MacLeod Trail SW
High River, AB   T1V 1Z5
info@highriver.ca

Phone: 403.652.2110
Fax: 403.652.2396

Bob Snodgrass
Recreation Complex

24hr Info: 403.652.4041
Inquiries: 403.652.4042 

FCSS
Phone: 403.652.8620
Parent Link Centre

Phone: 403.652.8633

Economic Development
business@highriver.ca

Operations
Phone: 403.652.4657
Operations Emergency Numbers
Roads: 403.601.1258
Water & Sewer: 403.652.6353

 

Bylaw Services
Phone: 403.601.8696
Fire Department
Phone: 403.652.3774
RCMP
Phone: 403.652.2357
Emergencies: 403.652.2356
Emergency Management
Phone: 403.652.6960