Sutton Cultural Development Project

Aménagement culturel du noyau villageois

The future of the village core: everyone's business!

The demolition of the Filtex plant has brought Sutton to a turning point. For the first time, perhaps since the great fire of 1898, we have a vacant area in the heart of the village that offers us a chance to re-envision our community space. At the same time, we need to make some major decisions about the future of the John Sleeth Community and Cultural Centre and the building that houses the Sutton Museum of Communications and History.

This year, the town will be conducting a consultation with local residents to help define the future of our village core with the aim of:

  • validating residents’ community and cultural needs
  • discussing the future of certain municipal buildings
  • guiding the development of the space left by the demolition of the Filtex plant
  • determining a long-term vision that involves Sutton residents in the planning and development possibilities for the village core

Our local history and Sutton’s unique personality will strongly influence the nature of this long-term vision in what is called a cultural planning approach.

Cultural planning: protect, enhance, renew, create

Thanks to a $20,000 grant from the Quebec Ministry of Culture and Communications, the Town of Sutton will be one of the first Quebec municipalities to implement a cultural planning approach.
To qualify as “cultural,” the planning must:

  • take into account local characteristics
  • build on the innovation and creativity of the population to enhance these features while at the same time renewing them
  • clearly integrate cultural components such as the landscape, public art, public spaces, architecture, and built and historical heritage while developing the territory over time
  • respect the history of the territory while taking into account the needs, aspirations and desires of the population for the future

The meaning of “culture” is taken in its broad sense.

Culture includes the way the pioneers occupied the territory by forming hamlets, from the early days of settling in the valley that has become downtown Sutton, to the relationship between village and mountain, to our vernacular architecture, to our common knowledge (past and present), to the way the streets were laid out when the first cadastre and zoning plan was established in 1887.

Culture means a collective process whereby the municipality and the citizens determine together what they wish to preserve and bequeath to future generations, what can evolve naturally, and where it is possible to reinvent the way we do things. Would you like to be informed and take part in the process? Sign up for the Town of Sutton weekly newsletter at