The Friendly City has taken a step intended to ensure the city’s downtown stays friendly to local heritage.
During Monday’s regular council meeting, the majority of council approved a municipal heritage advisory committee recommendation authorizing administration to proceed with the development of a civic heritage policy incorporating standards and guidelines for the architecture of façades in Moose Jaw’s downtown heritage district.
“This is not proposing hardcore, mandatory regulations,” Coun. Don Mitchell said at Monday’s meeting. “It’s proposing there be architectural guidelines regarding the development of façades, and that there be a co-operative approach when dealing with businesses.”
Mitchell said he believes the heritage aspect of Moose Jaw’s downtown is a key element to the city. He said the historic atmosphere in the downtown is seen as important to investors looking to Moose Jaw as a potential place for development.
“It’s important not to lose it.”
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