Our last blog touched base on the interim procedure as well as the characteristics of a character building. In Part II of the series "Heritage Action Plan Revision", we'll be looking at buildings not on the Heritage Register as well as buildings without character merit or heritage value. 

Homes with character merit and heritage value are encouraged by City policy to be retained even if those homes are not on the Heritage Register. Incentives to home owners include permitting extra density or other relaxations that involve discretion in applying guidelines, polices and regulations. On the flip side, the Planning and Development Department has the authority to approve the demolition of homes with character merit or heritage value at their discretion if the property is underused or the building is structurally unsound.

Until June 15, 2015, demolition of pre-1940 houses in the First Shaughnessy neighbourhood is not permitted. This moratorium is outlined in a bylaw that has been in place since June 11, 2014. It declares a Heritage Control Period in First Shaughnessy which encompasses the area between West 16th Avenue and King Edward & Arbutus and Oak Streets. From now until June 15, 2015, any exterior alterations, structural changes or alterations, excavation or construction on the property will be prohibited unless the property owner has a Heritage Alteration Permit.

Buildings without character merit or heritage value, which will be determined by City staff, are permitted to be demolished. The City encourages the reuse and recycling of construction waste from Pre-1940 homes. The Heritage Action Plan and Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Strategy provides guidelines for demolition of Pre-1940 Homes so long as they reuse and recycle 75% of the waste.

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