Lacombe has a long tradition of maintaining and preserving its unique collection of historic properties. Efforts to restore downtown commercial properties began in the 1980s under the Alberta Main Street Program when 31 historic sites were rehabilitated.
Between 2009 and 2013 work was carried out to formalize a conservation program with assistance from the Municipal Heritage Partnership Program. This resulted in the 2010 Heritage Survey (PDF), 2012 Heritage Inventory (PDF), and 2013 Heritage Management Plan (PDF).
These three documents collectively form the City’s Preservation Program, which aims to identify and save Lacombe’s historic resources.
While various organizations and committees within Lacombe work toward goals outlined in the Heritage Management Plan, the Heritage Resources Committee (HRC) is the body tasked by Bylaw 397 to advise the City of Lacombe’s Staff and Council on any matter related to the heritage significance of any building, structure, or landscape feature within city limits. The HRC also manages the Heritage Resources Grant Program, which is intended to help offset costs of conservation work to Municipal Resources.
Please see the linked pages below to learn more about what exactly designation means, how the process works, and what financial incentives come with full designation at the municipal level. You can also learn more about the individual sites currently on the Survey, Inventory, and Registry