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Local Plaquing Program

In the year 2000, the Township of Puslinch plaquing program was put in place as a millennium project with four criteria:

  • the site is at least one hundred years old
  • the site is of architectural or historical significance
  • the site is in good condition and has had sympathetic renovations

Sixty-five buildings were plaqued at that time and today over one hundred. The Heritage Committee's members have continued to review and record five or six properties a year, as they come to our attention.

In 2006, the Heritage Committee reviewed the Ontario Heritage Act and realized that particular features of a site could be recognized, even if the entire building did not meet the criteria. There were buildings in the township with special features not yet recognized under our local program. It was alterations such as gables added to original rooflines that had prevented some buildings from being plaqued. It is only the exterior of a building that is recorded, for the most part.

Sites receiving a Puslinch heritage plaque are not yet designated under the Ontario Heritage Act. This does not prevent an owner from applying to the Heritage Committee for designation. The local program was initiated in order to keep Council informed of properties in the Township worthy of preservation. Heritage Committee members research and record each site.

In 2012 Council passed a motion that sites plaqued under our local program be considered as Listed under the Ontario Heritage Act. All owners of plaqued sites sign a letter of approval for their building to be recognized by the Township. Local plaquing was designed as a cooperative program between the property owners, the Heritage Committee and Puslinch Council.