Heritage Revitalization Agreements

A Heritage Revitalization Agreement is a form of long-term, legal protection. It is a formal, voluntary, written agreement that is negotiated between a property owner and the City which is enabled through a bylaw, and registered on Title.

A Heritage Revitalization Agreement (HRA) outlines the duties and obligations of, and the benefits to both parties of the agreement. In exchange for retention of a heritage building and some restoration work, an HRA allows the City to supersede local zoning regulations and to provide non-financial incentives which would make it viable to conserve the property. Each agreement is written to suit unique properties and situations. Every HRA is different from the next, and do not create precedence. Heritage properties subject to an HRA are also Designated.

HRA Process

Any property that has heritage value is eligible for an HRA. The HRA process is a public process, similar to rezoning, and must ultimately be approved by Council. The applications may take approximately 6 to 18 months. The length of the HRA process will depend multiple factors, including Council and committee schedules, the complexity of the proposal, public feedback received, and the ability of the applicant to provide responses, materials, and information when required.

There are three stages of an HRA application: staff review and technical analysis, public consultation, and Council consideration. If Council decides to move forward with the HRA process, a Public Hearing will be held before the Heritage Revitalization Bylaw and Designation Bylaw are adopted.

Resources

Guide: Heritage Revitalization Agreements

City Policy for the Use of Heritage Revitalization Agreements

Development Information Sign Requirements

Development Application Fees

To see whether a property is protected by an HRA or to learn more about past HRA projects, view the Heritage Protection Map. For information on the status of on-going HRA projects, visit the Projects on the Go webpage.