Ward 12 - 2018 London Municipal Election Candidate Survey

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Architectural Conservancy Ontario - London Region (ACO London) sent an online survey on heritage issues to candidates running for City Council in the upcoming municipal election. The survey asked candidates about their thoughts on issues such as heritage conservation, ‘demolition by neglect’, and adaptive re-use of older buildings. This is the second time ACO London has surveyed local municipal election candidates, the first was for the 2014 election.

Responses received: Gord Evans, Faisal Mahmood, Elizabeth Peloza
No response received: Jesse Haidar, Rowa Mohamed, Eric Weniger


Gord Evans

Would you consider designating a property with heritage or cultural value against the owner’s wishes? Do you support municipal property tax breaks for heritage properties? Do you support financial assistance and advice to those who seek to conserve, restore, and maintain their heritage properties? Do you support funding, by-laws, and policies that encourage heritage conservation? Please specify any initiatives that you would propose.

I believe that London needs to protect buildings of historical and cultural significance as they are often what makes London unique and are reminder of a city’s culture and complexity. Once the buildings are torn down they are lost forever. Owning and preserving an historical building is not always easy and can be expensive. I believe that there should be tax breaks based on cost of historic renovations that should be considered for historic buildings.

How would you deal with the issue of ‘demolition by neglect’? Are you in favour of the City enforcing property and building standards for all heritage structures, including allowing city by-law inspectors to legally enter empty buildings on a frequent and regular basis to ensure that property and building standards are being upheld? Would you support issuing fines to property owners and developers who allow buildings to be destroyed by non-accidental fire, illegal demolition, or other acts of negligent destruction? Do you agree London should adopt a Heritage Building Protection Plan initiative such as other municipalities have implemented that would require property owners and developers to submit and implement plans to maintain and secure heritage structures throughout development approval processes?

Demolition by neglect has definitely been a problem in London and certainly enforcing the existing building standards and fines would be a start, not only to preserve the building but also for the safety of the broader community. Building standards should be upheld and setting up a Heritage Building Protection Plan may be the way to do this.

How would you balance development pressures against the community’s desire to conserve heritage structures and neighbourhoods? How would you encourage the adaptive reuse of London’s built heritage when its original uses are no longer feasible? Do you support, in principle, neighbourhood-specific moratoriums on demolitions while an area is being studied as a potential Heritage Conservation District?

Conserving heritage structures and neighborhoods should be reviewed in detail before development takes place. It should not be development at all cost, but should be part of a carefully thought out long term plan that considers the heritage of our community.

What steps would you champion as a member of Council to ensure that the London Plan’s provisions to protect heritage properties along the BRT routes are implemented?

I am opposed to the current BRT plan. From an historic point of view it will tear up London neighborhoods with little or no benefit to our transportation system.

Do you plan to incorporate built heritage issues into your campaign platform? How? Please include any additional comments you would like to share.

I will be talking one of the most pressing issues for heritage by opposing the BRT.


Faisal Mahmood

Would you consider designating a property with heritage or cultural value against the owner’s wishes? Do you support municipal property tax breaks for heritage properties? Do you support financial assistance and advice to those who seek to conserve, restore, and maintain their heritage properties? Do you support funding, by-laws, and policies that encourage heritage conservation? Please specify any initiatives that you would propose.

I support funding , by-laws and policies that encourage heritage conservation

How would you deal with the issue of ‘demolition by neglect’? Are you in favour of the City enforcing property and building standards for all heritage structures, including allowing city by-law inspectors to legally enter empty buildings on a frequent and regular basis to ensure that property and building standards are being upheld? Would you support issuing fines to property owners and developers who allow buildings to be destroyed by non-accidental fire, illegal demolition, or other acts of negligent destruction? Do you agree London should adopt a Heritage Building Protection Plan initiative such as other municipalities have implemented that would require property owners and developers to submit and implement plans to maintain and secure heritage structures throughout development approval processes?

I support that inspection must be done on regular basis and same like other municipalities, owner and developers to submit and implement plans to maintain and secure heritage structures throughout development approval processes.

How would you balance development pressures against the community’s desire to conserve heritage structures and neighbourhoods? How would you encourage the adaptive reuse of London’s built heritage when its original uses are no longer feasible? Do you support, in principle, neighbourhood-specific moratoriums on demolitions while an area is being studied as a potential Heritage Conservation District?

If building is not useable I would like to build new building with better approval design from the city management

What steps would you champion as a member of Council to ensure that the London Plan’s provisions to protect heritage properties along the BRT routes are implemented?

As BRT is an essential need of London city, I would recommend to build it according to its requirements and if it need a tunnel to save some heritage I would prefer to build a tunnel

Do you plan to incorporate built heritage issues into your campaign platform? How? Please include any additional comments you would like to share.

In my ward there is not much heritage issue but I sure support to preserve our heritage


Elizabeth Peloza

Would you consider designating a property with heritage or cultural value against the owner’s wishes? Do you support municipal property tax breaks for heritage properties? Do you support financial assistance and advice to those who seek to conserve, restore, and maintain their heritage properties? Do you support funding, by-laws, and policies that encourage heritage conservation? Please specify any initiatives that you would propose.

Would you consider designating a property with heritage or cultural value against the owner’s wishes? Yes

Do you support municipal property tax breaks for heritage properties?

No for residential homes.

Yes if it's a functioning designated heritage/cultural property offering public programming.

Do you support financial assistance and advice to those who seek to conserve, restore, and maintain their heritage properties?

I support some funding for advice for the process of: designation, restoration, conservation and maintenance of heritage properties.

Do you support funding, by-laws, and policies that encourage heritage conservation?

I support by-laws that would require a restoration plan and usage requirements for heritage properties. Properties should have limits on the length of time they can sit vacant allowing them to fall into disrepair.

Please specify any initiatives that you would propose.

Bonusing can be used for commercial property development when incorporating heritage structures.

How would you deal with the issue of ‘demolition by neglect’? Are you in favour of the City enforcing property and building standards for all heritage structures, including allowing city by-law inspectors to legally enter empty buildings on a frequent and regular basis to ensure that property and building standards are being upheld? Would you support issuing fines to property owners and developers who allow buildings to be destroyed by non-accidental fire, illegal demolition, or other acts of negligent destruction? Do you agree London should adopt a Heritage Building Protection Plan initiative such as other municipalities have implemented that would require property owners and developers to submit and implement plans to maintain and secure heritage structures throughout development approval processes?

How would you deal with the issue of ‘demolition by neglect’?

I would like to see bylaws implemented that stop the issue of neglect of our heritage and cultural properties before demolition is the only option left. Procrastination and dilapidation should not be the means to redevelopment of a site.

Are you in favour of the City enforcing property and building standards for all heritage structures, including allowing city by-law inspectors to legally enter empty buildings on a frequent and regular basis to ensure that property and building standards are being upheld?

I'm in favour of city by-law inspectors legally entering empty buildings to ensure that property and building standards are being upheld. I would like to limit the amount of inspections on an annual basis as frequent and regular basis is too broad.

As per private home inspections- this needs a broader discussion to balance privacy vs heritage conservation.

Would you support issuing fines to property owners and developers who allow buildings to be destroyed by non-accidental fire, illegal demolition, or other acts of negligent destruction?

After a notice was delivered and a reasonable time was allotted to bring the heritage structure or property up to standard I would support fines. It's easier to enforce neglect penalties than issue a fine for illegal activity outside of their control.

Do you agree London should adopt a Heritage Building Protection Plan initiative such as other municipalities have implemented that would require property owners and developers to submit and implement plans to maintain and secure heritage structures throughout development approval processes?

Yes. I like Brampton's HBPP and believe and the clause of "no deterioration in the condition and appearance of buildings and structures shall take place except for reasonable wear and tear" will help to protect our vacant heritage properties.

How would you balance development pressures against the community’s desire to conserve heritage structures and neighbourhoods? How would you encourage the adaptive reuse of London’s built heritage when its original uses are no longer feasible? Do you support, in principle, neighbourhood-specific moratoriums on demolitions while an area is being studied as a potential Heritage Conservation District?

How would you balance development pressures against the community’s desire to conserve heritage structures and neighbourhoods?

That would be on a case by case basis.

How would you encourage the adaptive reuse of London’s built heritage when its original uses are no longer feasible?

This is where collaborations and partnerships begin. The opportunity to reimagine a space and balance it with community needs.

Do you support, in principle, neighbourhood-specific moratoriums on demolitions while an area is being studied as a potential Heritage Conservation District?

Yes.

What steps would you champion as a member of Council to ensure that the London Plan’s provisions to protect heritage properties along the BRT routes are implemented?

As for Ward 12. I'm aware of one Church property on Wellington Rd that will loose some frontage of the lawn. I've met with Shift Staff already about my concerns of that built heritage property. I've been informed the Church will be preserved and untouched in it's current location. The second building on that property will be impacted to varying degrees that's yet to be determined

I will continue to monitor the situation.

Do you plan to incorporate built heritage issues into your campaign platform? How? Please include any additional comments you would like to share.

Built heritage preservation isn't an issue that's been raised at the doors and it's not built into my campaign platform.

I'm a trained museum conservator and I interned at the Canadian Conservation Institute in Ottawa. I've served as an Assistant Curator at a National Historic Site owned by a Township. I'm always willing to listen intently and speak passionately about heritage.


Thank you to those candidates who took the time to complete our survey. For those who did not respond before the survey closed, we welcome your comments.

We encourage all Londoners to attend candidates’ meetings and debates to learn more about their ideas and suggestions on built heritage and other issues. To find out more information about when and where to vote, and the candidates running for Mayor or Councillor visit the City of London’s Elections webpage.

Shawn Adamsson