Heritage Resource Action Plan

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Banff’s built heritage resources play a critical role in the unique and diverse fabric of the town enjoyed and valued by citizens and residents alike. Despite this value, heritage assets continue to be under pressure, with many demolished or at risk, despite the rich history in the area and the dedication of the Banff Heritage Corporation and local heritage advocates.

The Town currently has tools in place to encourage conservation, such as a robust heritage inventory, and for those who pursue Municipal Historic Resource Designation, a Grant In Aid of Municipal Property Taxes, and Matching Restoration/Rehabilitation Grant. Although this incents some owners, the financial programs are undersubscribed, and the loss of heritage buildings is still a major concern.

As of April 2022, the heritage program has achieved the following:

  • 15 Municipal Historic Resources designated since 2001
  • 34 Statements of Significance created since 2016
  • 48 heritage plaques installed since 2000
  • 25 Landmarks and Legends published since 2008
  • 179 sites listed on the Inventory of Historic Resources, which was first approved by council in 2002 (Town of Banff)

To build on this great work, the Heritage Resource Action Plan will identify actionable tools to further achieve the Town’s built heritage conservation goals over the next 5 to 10 years, which may include policy changes, financial incentives, non-monetary encouragement, planning tools, facilitation services and partnerships with other organizations. All building types with heritage value within the Town of Banff’s boundaries, for example residential, institutional, commercial, will be considered.


The Heritage Resource Action Plan will be presented to Council at the regular meeting on February 12, 2024. The agenda package with report materials can be found here (item 7.4). If you would like to register to speak to the item at the meeting or submit written comments for Council’s consideration, please do so here.

The Heritage Resource Action Plan was before the Governance & Finance Committee on October 23, 2023 and the following motions were passed:

FIN23-172

That with respect to Item 7.1, Request for Direction: Heritage Resource Action Plan, the following be approved:

  • That Governance and Finance Committee recommend that Council:
    • Adopt the proposed Heritage Resource Action Plan, as amended, to guide the implementation of tools and tactics that will enable the Town of Banff to encourage built heritage conservation over the next five to ten years.

FIN23-173

That with respect to Item 7.1, Request for Direction: Heritage Resource Action Plan, the following be approved:

  • That Governance and Finance Committee direct Administration to return as part of the 2024 Service Review Process with new service level requests for those tools and tactics that cannot be accommodated within existing resources.

FIN23-169

That with respect to Item 7.1, Request for Direction: Heritage Resource Action Plan, the following be approved:

  • That the Governance and Finance Committee direct Administration to remove the following section of the proposed Heritage Resource Action Plan:
    • P7 Town of Banff or Banff Heritage Corporation purchase heritage properties

As part of the Town of Banff’s 2024 Service Review process, we made progress towards the implementation of the following two tactics:

  • F9 Increase grant amount and frequency for heritage conservation, and
  • F10 Grants for remediation or retrofitting – energy efficiency

On January 17, 2024, the Town of Banff budget was approved with these tactics included. The heritage grant funding increase from $25,000 for residential properties and $50,000 for non-residential properties to $125,000 per property was approved. The next step for this tactic is that scheduled for the February 12, 2024 regular meeting of Council, is an update to the Heritage Resource Management Policy that would amend the policy to allow for the change in grant funding (item 7.5 in the agenda package). Through the Town of Banff’s Clean Energy Improvement Program, administration will offer specific enhanced rebates for municipal historic resources, in line with F10. If you are interested in more information for either of these programs, please contact Kathleen.Gallagher@Banff.ca or 403-762-1102.

Thank you to all who contributed to the creation of the Heritage Resource Action Plan.



Banff’s built heritage resources play a critical role in the unique and diverse fabric of the town enjoyed and valued by citizens and residents alike. Despite this value, heritage assets continue to be under pressure, with many demolished or at risk, despite the rich history in the area and the dedication of the Banff Heritage Corporation and local heritage advocates.

The Town currently has tools in place to encourage conservation, such as a robust heritage inventory, and for those who pursue Municipal Historic Resource Designation, a Grant In Aid of Municipal Property Taxes, and Matching Restoration/Rehabilitation Grant. Although this incents some owners, the financial programs are undersubscribed, and the loss of heritage buildings is still a major concern.

As of April 2022, the heritage program has achieved the following:

  • 15 Municipal Historic Resources designated since 2001
  • 34 Statements of Significance created since 2016
  • 48 heritage plaques installed since 2000
  • 25 Landmarks and Legends published since 2008
  • 179 sites listed on the Inventory of Historic Resources, which was first approved by council in 2002 (Town of Banff)

To build on this great work, the Heritage Resource Action Plan will identify actionable tools to further achieve the Town’s built heritage conservation goals over the next 5 to 10 years, which may include policy changes, financial incentives, non-monetary encouragement, planning tools, facilitation services and partnerships with other organizations. All building types with heritage value within the Town of Banff’s boundaries, for example residential, institutional, commercial, will be considered.


The Heritage Resource Action Plan will be presented to Council at the regular meeting on February 12, 2024. The agenda package with report materials can be found here (item 7.4). If you would like to register to speak to the item at the meeting or submit written comments for Council’s consideration, please do so here.

The Heritage Resource Action Plan was before the Governance & Finance Committee on October 23, 2023 and the following motions were passed:

FIN23-172

That with respect to Item 7.1, Request for Direction: Heritage Resource Action Plan, the following be approved:

  • That Governance and Finance Committee recommend that Council:
    • Adopt the proposed Heritage Resource Action Plan, as amended, to guide the implementation of tools and tactics that will enable the Town of Banff to encourage built heritage conservation over the next five to ten years.

FIN23-173

That with respect to Item 7.1, Request for Direction: Heritage Resource Action Plan, the following be approved:

  • That Governance and Finance Committee direct Administration to return as part of the 2024 Service Review Process with new service level requests for those tools and tactics that cannot be accommodated within existing resources.

FIN23-169

That with respect to Item 7.1, Request for Direction: Heritage Resource Action Plan, the following be approved:

  • That the Governance and Finance Committee direct Administration to remove the following section of the proposed Heritage Resource Action Plan:
    • P7 Town of Banff or Banff Heritage Corporation purchase heritage properties

As part of the Town of Banff’s 2024 Service Review process, we made progress towards the implementation of the following two tactics:

  • F9 Increase grant amount and frequency for heritage conservation, and
  • F10 Grants for remediation or retrofitting – energy efficiency

On January 17, 2024, the Town of Banff budget was approved with these tactics included. The heritage grant funding increase from $25,000 for residential properties and $50,000 for non-residential properties to $125,000 per property was approved. The next step for this tactic is that scheduled for the February 12, 2024 regular meeting of Council, is an update to the Heritage Resource Management Policy that would amend the policy to allow for the change in grant funding (item 7.5 in the agenda package). Through the Town of Banff’s Clean Energy Improvement Program, administration will offer specific enhanced rebates for municipal historic resources, in line with F10. If you are interested in more information for either of these programs, please contact Kathleen.Gallagher@Banff.ca or 403-762-1102.

Thank you to all who contributed to the creation of the Heritage Resource Action Plan.



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