Through the Heritage Conservation Area policy development process, approximately 80 properties were identified for further study. Through the study, these properties would be reclassified as either protected (Advanced) or non-protected (Limited), based on detailed analysis of their heritage merit and development options. This study was originally scheduled to start in the fall of 2018, but Council endorsed a shift in the program to move the study up sooner and expand its scope.
You can find out if your property will be part of the study by reviewing the Map or Table of HCA Properties by Category, or by contacting the Planning Division.
Phase One: Assessing Heritage Value
The first phase of the study is underway. As a first step the City hired heritage professionals to assess the heritage value of each of the properties in the Special Limited Category. The consultants are doing site visits and taking photos in the neighbourhood now.
Based on the results of this work, an Official Community Plan (OCP) amendment would be presented to Council that proposes moving all the houses found to have no or limited heritage value from the Special Limited Category to the non-protected (Limited) category. The OCP amendment is anticipated for late spring of 2018.
Phase Two: Assessing Condition and Development Potential
Phase two of the study would review the remaining houses in the Special Limited category (those that were deemed to have heritage value) against the Evaluation Checklist. By also considering the other factors, condition and development potential, it may be determined that additional properties should be moved to the non- protected (Limited) category. Each of the criteria on the checklist will be scored. If a house receives a score of 60% or less, it would be considered reasonable to move the property to the non-protected category. Staff would bring forward an OCP amendment for these properties in 2019.
The remaining properties, those that receive a score on the checklist that indicates the house should be retained, would be moved to the protected (Advanced) category. At the end of the study, the Special Limited Category would no longer exist. Leaving only two categories: protected (Advanced) and non-protected (Limited).
Participating in the Study
The scope of Phase Two of the study has been expanded so that owners of protected (Advanced) category properties can also request to be included. The expanded study is intended to capture those owners who feel that evaluation of their protected category property against the Evaluation Checklist would reveal that their property should be moved to the non-protected (Limited) category. The Evaluation Checklist includes criteria in three categories: heritage merit, development potential, and condition.
If you feel that your house could be moved from the Advanced Category to the Limited Category based on the criteria in the Evaluation Checklist, you will have the opportunity to opt into the study. The opportunity to opt in will be open until 5:00 pm on October 31, 2018. Check back for more information about how to opt into the Study.
Once the opportunity to opt in has closed the City would hire a heritage professional to assess the heritage value of each property in the study. Each property would then be scored using the Evaluation Checklist. If a house receives a score of 60% or less, it would be considered reasonable to move the property to the non-protected category. Staff would bring forward an OCP amendment for these properties in 2019.