New Brunswick

St. Andrews creates heritage bylaws

A nine person committee is surveying residents to create bylaws to protect the town's historic buildings.

The seaside town has no formal bylaws to protect historic buildings

Sherriff Andrews house, built in 1820, is one of many downtown buildings in St. Andrews that is already protected as a Provincial Historic Site. (Google)

The Town of St. Andrews is steeped in history, but there aren't a lot of rules in place to protect the town's heritage.

Coun. Lee Sochasky is a part of the nine-member St. Andrews interim heritage planning committee.

"We do have some guidelines for our immediate downtown area, but all the rest of the municipality really has nothing," she said.

St. Andrews is creating new heritage bylaws to protect its more than 300 century-old buildings. (Google)
For the next two months the committee is holding public sessions and conducting a town-wide survey about the future of the town's heritage buildings.

A long-term heritage strategy was drafted for the town last year that included recommendations on how the town should conserve heritage buildings, tree-lined streetscapes and water access.

St. Andrew's was founded in 1783 by Loyalists and more than 300 buildings are more than 100 years old.

"Is there a way we can maintain that historic character that makes us one of the best small towns in Canada and one of the most beautiful small towns?" Sochasky asked.

In the town, 250 homes have been marked with distinctive plaques by the St. Andrews Civic Trust.

The committee will report back to council this summer.