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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Town of Oakville to Receive 2010 PRINCE OF WALES PRIZE for Municipal Heritage Leadership - Press Release - Digital Journal

"In keeping with His Royal Highness' commitment to architecture, the environment, and inner-city renewal, The Prince of Wales agreed in 1999 to lend his title to the creation of a prize to be awarded annually to the government of a municipality which has demonstrated its strong and sustained commitment to the conservation of its historic places.

The Town of Oakville has been committed to conserving its heritage resources for over six decades. It acquired and preserved its first heritage building in 1948, began a plaquing program in 1957, and incorporated heritage policies Official Plan in 1962, putting Oakville on the map as a leader in building preservation. In the 1970s, Oakville was quick to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the new Ontario Heritage Act; designating and today it has designated over 120 properties and three conservation districts."