Ongoing Work in the Queen's Park Heritage Conservation Area

Following adoption of the Queen’s Park Heritage Conservation Area in June 2017, Council endorsed a two year Implementation Program Work Plan. Implementation projects include the development of an Incentives Program and completion of the Special Limited Category Study.

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  • All Protected properties have the opportunity to apply and be included in the Expanded Special Limited Study. 

    Who Should Apply? 

    Any owner of a Protected property can apply to be included in the study. 

    If you have a property that has an unusual characteristic, such as a highly sloped lot or a small backyard, or a house that takes up most of the lot, or if you are thinking of applying for a demolition permit in the next few years, you may want to consider applying to have your property reviewed as part of the study.

    The purpose of the study is to identify and review properties that owners feel should have its protection removed. The decision to remove the protection will be based on the criteria in the Evaluation Checklist, which includes criteria in three categories: heritage merit, development potential, and condition. 

    However, having the protection removed would mean that the property would no longer be eligible for incentives. Further detail about the  incentives can be found on the Incentives Program page. 

    How to Apply

    Applications can be made at the Planning Division in City Hall. The application package must include:

    • A completed application form,
    • A title certificate, demonstrating ownership of the property,
    • The application fee ($250), and
    • Any other heritage or building condition information, pertinent to the application, which you would like to provide.
       

    Process 

    Step One: Application Period (May - October 2018)

    The Application Period has now started. Owners of protected properties can make an application at any time before the end of day on October 31, 2018.   

    Step Two: Evaluation (Winter 2018/2019)

    The City will hire a heritage professional to assess the heritage value of each property in the study. This will include conducting site visits and taking photos, as well as doing research about the home. The City will also the building condition and development potential. 

    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. The Evaluation Checklist includes criteria in three categories: heritage merit, development potential, and condition.

    Step Three: OCP Amendment (spring 2019)

    Staff would bring forward an OCP amendment for the properties where it is demonstrated to be reasonable to remove protection. City staff will recommend to Council that they support the amendment.

    A public hearing is required before Council can make their decision. A single public hearing will be held for all properties. It is anticipated that this public hearing will be held in spring 2019. Notices will be sent to Queen’s Park residents approximately three weeks beforehand.

    For More Information 

    Please contact Britney Quail, Heritage Policy Planner, if you have any questions: 

    Email:
    Phone at 604-527-4621

    Other Opportunities for Removing Protection 

    At any time, an owner can apply for an Official Community Plan amendment to remove the protection from their property. Owner may also apply for a Heritage Alteration Permit to allow demolition, at any time. Both types of applications are reviewed against the same Evaluation Checklist. 

    For more information about the process for either application type please review the Guide for the Queen's Park Heritage Conservation Area.

  • 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 or Non-protected, based on detailed analysis of their heritage merit and development options. 

    You can find out if your property is 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 now complete.

    The City hired heritage professionals to assess the heritage value of each of the properties in the Special Limited Category. To view the consultants' report, and all the heritage value assessments click here.

    Based on the results of this work Council removed Heritage Conservation Area protection from the following 33 properties on June 19, 2018:

    228 Fifth Avenue

    223 Manitoba Street

    220 Second Street

    116 St. Patrick Street

     

    408 Fifth Street

     

    425 Oak Street

     

    402/404 Second Street

     

    232 Third Avenue

     

    506 First Street

     

    321 Oliver Street

     

    436 Second Street

     

    310 Third Avenue

    226 Fourth Avenue

     

    112 Regina Street

     

    523 Second Street

     

    230 Third Street

    229 Fourth Avenue

     

    114 Regina Street

     

    525 Second Street

     

    233 Third Street

     

    312 Fourth Street

     

    210 Regina Street

     

    122 Sixth Avenue

     

    312 Third Street

     

    326 Fourth Street

     

    323 Regina Street

     

    124 Sixth Avenue

     

     

    413 Fourth Street

     

    212 Second Street

     

    202 Sixth Avenue

     

     

    116 Granville Street

     

    215 Second Street

     

    216 Sixth Avenue

     

     


    The remaining approximately 50 properties are proceeding to phase two of the study.

    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 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 spring 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 category. At the end of the study, the Special Limited category would no longer exist. Leaving only two categories: protected and non-protected.

    Participating in the Study

    The original scope of the study is limited to the approximately 80 properties previously identified. However, the City has expanded the scope of the study to allow other protected property owners to apply and be included. Learn more about the study and how you can be included by reviewing the “Expanded Special Study Area” subpage below.  

  • NEW! Incentives

    A zoning amendment bylaw was adopted by Council on June 19, 2018. The bylaw created a new Single Detached Dwelling District, specific to Queen’s Park, called “RS-4”. Through this new zone, all protected properties now have:

    1. a Floor Space Ratio (FSR) of 0.7; and
    2. the ability to transfer unused density from the principal house to a laneway or carriage house, up to a maximum size of 958 square feet.
       

    The remaining zoning regulations for both the principal house and the laneway or carriage house (such as height, setbacks, and site coverage) would stay the same.

    Properties within the Heritage Conservation Area which are: 1) already excluded because they are commercial, institutional, or multi-family; OR 2) zoned Single Detached Dwelling Districts (Heritage) (RS-6), were not rezoned as part of this bylaw.

    The new zone does not result in any changes in the existing regulations for non-protected properties. However, the approach of rezoning all properties (rather than just the protected ones) allows flexibility for properties to change protection categories within the Heritage Conservation Area policy.

    The other incentives identified for short term implementation did not require any zoning changes and are already in place. These incentives include: 

    1. Allowing minor relaxations for laneway and carriage house guidelines (similar to those already in place for accessible units and energy efficient design).
    2. Building Code relaxations, at the request of the owner (note: life and safety requirements will not be relaxed).

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    More Incentives Coming Soon

    Council also supported moving forward with additional incentives over the medium term. Staff expect to report back to Council about these in the winter of 2018/2019. Additional incentives include:

    • Developing a policy to support additions to buildings that do not conform with the Zoning Bylaw.
    • Allowing multiple unit conversions with up to three rental units in a building on large properties that are already over the permitted density. No laneway house would be permitted on these properties.
    • Developing additional features for the Heritage Conservation Area’s design guidelines, such as suggested renovation options, and further examples of approvable changes.
    • Exploring ways to speed up related permit processes.
    • Developing a system to provide additional services to support owners when they apply to renovate.
    • Refining the Evaluation Checklist for demolition permit applications or applications to remove protection from a property.

    Council also considered allowing the stratification of laneway and carriage houses. Council’s support was mixed, so staff will continue to explore different approaches for this incentive and will report back to Council.

    Some of the other incentives presented during community consultation are not being implemented for protected properties, but will instead continue to be used as incentives for Heritage Revitalization Agreements. These include: larger laneway or carriage houses, stratification of the principal dwelling, and small lot subdivision.

    Background

    As part of the implementation of the Heritage Conservation Area, Council directed staff to explore zoning incentives for those properties which would be protected by the policy. 

    To start, three potential incentives were being considered (Increasing Floor Space Ratio, exempting basement floor space and exempting attics from floor space).

    The community and other stakeholders were consulted in December regarding the proposed incentive options. Based on the feedback received, the scope of the incentives program has been expanded to include a wider range of zoning incentives (including the incentives being considered by the City of Vancouver) as well as other categories of incentives (such as process-based incentives or financial-based incentives).

    A range of incentives were researched by the City. The results of this research was presented to Council in March and to the community in April. The reports summarizing the findings are included below under "Incentives Program Process."

    A framework for the implementation of incentives was supported by Council in May. The City is now moving forward with implementation.

    Incentives Program Progress 

    June 13, 2017: Council adopts the Queen’s Park Heritage Conservation Area

    July 2017: Working Group Zoning Incentive Recommendations

    October 16, 2017: Council adopts the QPHCA Implementation Work Plan, which includes zoning incentives for protected properties

    December 4, 2017: Report to Council regarding incentive options and consultation plan

    December 5, 2017: Committee Consultation – Community Heritage Commission

    December 6, 2017: Committee Consultation – Advisory Planning Commission

    December 2017: Consultation Round One – Zoning Incentive Open Houses and Survey

    January 17 and 19, 2018: Realtor Consultation

    January 29, 2018: Report to Council regarding results of December public consultation and next steps

    February 7, 2018: Panel Discussion - Learning from Other Perspectives. Panel Discussion Summary Report and boards presented at the Open House prior to the start of the panel.

    March 5, 2018: Report to Council regarding implementation work program update and proposed direction

    March 12 2018: Report to Council on incentive options research findings and Discussion Paper

    March 27, 2018: Committee Consultation – Advisory Planning Commission

    April 4, 2018: Committee Consultation – Community Heritage Commission

    April 2018: Consultation Round Two Open House Boards

    April 16, 2018: Report to Council on Economic Analysis 

    May 7, 2018: Report to Council on consultation findings and recommended incentives

    May 15, 2018: Advisory Planning Commission Consideration of Proposed Short Term Incentives. Agenda package, on table materials, and staff presentation

    May 28, 2018: Report to Council – Proposed Zoning Amendment Bylaw for incentives identified to be implemented in the short term. 

  • After the adoption of the Queen's Park Heritage Conservation Area, the Heritage Properties Maintenance Standards Bylaw was revised to ensure the bylaw reflected the new Heritage Conservation Area, other revisions to City policy, and current best practices in heritage conservation.

    The bylaw was adopted by Council on January 29, 2018.
     

  • Owners of houses in the non-protected category, whose properties they feel have strong enough heritage merit, could change to the protected category by applying to list the house on the Heritage Register. Once a property is included on the Heritage Register it would also become part of the protected category and would be eligible for any incentives adopted. There is no fee associated with the application.

    Staff will continue to find opportunities to encourage interested owners to take advantage of voluntary protection. 
     

  • A review of the Heritage Conservation Area would be launched at a minimum two years from adoption, as is best practice. The review would include an assessment of the impact of the heritage protection provisions, a review of the administrative process and procedures, and analysis of the outcomes of the Heritage Conservation Area’s design guidelines.

    Upon the policy review’s launch, indicators would be developed related to the elements of the policy to be reviewed. Those indicators would then be used to analyze data collected over the two year implementation period. Once the review was completed, staff would bring forward the results to Council, and may propose changes to the policy in order to address any issues which might have arisen from the analysis.

    The full scope of the review, including the indicators to be used, would be determined in consultation with Council in the spring of 2019.