Regional district approves heritage sites

TWO NEW heritage sites have been approved here with the blessing of the regional district.

TWO NEW heritage sites have been approved here with the blessing of the regional district.

The Meziadin Fish Ladders and the Simon Gunanoot gravesite received a stamp of approval from the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine at its June meeting.

“Basically it’s a statement that the regional district deems places to be of regional historical importance,” said Andrew Webber, manager planning and economic development for the regional district.

The designation can delay building permits and demolition permits or require new buildings to follow the same construction style, but since the regional district doesn’t issue building permits, it’s more of a symbolic gesture on its part, explained

Webber.

Saying a place is a heritage site can have a positive effect on tourism, bringing in people who want to see heritage sites, although these sites are in remote locations.

“It also triggers a whole other thing about being on the provincial and national registries,” adds Webber.

Two more local sites are on the list to be designated heritage sites: the townsites of Doreen and Pacific, says Webber.