More details have been provided around a heritage management plan for the City of Rossland.
According to an online document provided by consultants from Denise Cook Design and Birmingham and Wood Architects and Planners to the city, a new heritage co-ordinator would be hired by the city to help implement the plan.
The consultants said creating a permanent tourism information centre in a heritage building downtown, creating a new heritage program website, establishing a heritage conservation area in the city’s downtown and re-establishing a new heritage advisory commission with greater powers are other key goals in the plan.
The heritage co-ordinator would work 25 per cent of a fulltime position and would help to complete local heritage conservation projects throughout Rossland.
Once the permanent visitor information centre site is located, the consultants said they would develop detailed design plans and identify capital funding opportunities to complete the project.
The consultants said they would establish a local bylaw to create the heritage conservation area and that could include commercial buildings outside the downtown core.
“Heritage is important to Rossland’s economic, cultural and social growth, and sustainability. It should be recognized as the heart of the city’s character and be given serious consideration in planning and decision-making,” said the consultants in a statement.
“Reinforcing Rossland’s culture of heritage conservation means that the general community understands and embraces heritage awareness and conservation of historic places as part of the city’s identity, strength, and prosperity.”
In 1981, Rossland launched one of their first heritage revitalization programs to help restore the city’s Miners’ Hall and downtown buildings.