Sunshine Coast Community Heritage Register
As part of an effort to recognize and promote heritage conservation, the SCRD established the Sunshine Coast Community Heritage Register in 2009.
The Egmont Community Hall was the first entry in the heritage register. Since its establishment in 1952, the Egmont Community Hall has served as one of only two indoor venues for community events in Egmont. The Hall’s importance is also in part due to the fact that Egmont is the most remote permanent-resident community in the lower Sunshine Coast and was only accessible by boat in 1952.
In 2009, the SCRD Board added Grantham’s Landing Community Hall as the second heritage property to the register. The Grantham’s Landing Community Hall was built as a United Church in 1931. Throughout the years, the hall was used as a Sunday school, a church hall, and as a gathering place for community events.
“Including a property in the Community Heritage Register is an effective way to recognize the value of heritage conservation in our community,” says Garry Nohr, SCRD Board Chair. “As an added benefit property owners can access provincial grants for example, through the Heritage Legacy Fund of BC.”
The SCRD is asking the community to recommend or propose one or more properties to be included as part of the Sunshine Coast Community Heritage Register, by submitting a letter of interest along with a draft statement of significance (SOS) to the SCRD’s Planning and Development Division.
A statement of significance is a method for assessing the historical and architectural significance of one or more properties to be included as part of the Community Heritage Register. While the register does not restrict the use or protect the properties included, the SCRD must notify the owners of the properties to be included, as well as the BC Ministry responsible for heritage.
The draft SOS should include the following information:
- natural or community history and/or architecture of the heritage resource
- significant historical dates, events, or persons
- other archived information that emphasizes heritage character and value.
The Sunshine Coast Museum and Archives is often a valuable resource for developing an SOS. Once submitted, Planning and Development Division staff will work with you to finalize the draft SOS for consideration by the SCRD Board. If adopted by resolution of the Board, the SOS would then be added to the Sunshine Coast Community Heritage Register.