A proposal was recently approved by the city of Vancouver which will put an end to the demolition of heritage homes in the Shaughnessy neighbourhood of Vancouver. Shaughnessy will join the 70 Heritage Conservation Districts in British Columbia, and will be the first of its kind in the city of Vancouver.
The plan also features Phase I of a construction recycling plan, which would encourage the reuse and recycling of construction waste from pre-1940s homes, and a construction and demolition waste diversion strategy.
An exclusive area known as First Shaughnessy, one of Vancouver’s oldest and most prestigious residential neighbourhoods, is home to over 329 properties that were constructed before 1940. Of those properties, 80 are listed on the Vancouver Heritage Register, and only 11 are protected from demolition. The new Heritage Action Plan could increase the number of protected properties, reducing the number of home demolitions in the area, and increasing the preservation of pre-40s character homes in the city.
First Shaughnessy, an area between West 16th & King Edward, and Arbutus & Oak, was originally developed in 1907. Comprised of mostly oversized lots and predominantly wooden estate-like homes (with some as large as 10,000 square feet in size), the area boasts an array of character homes, featuring building styles such as neo-Tudor, Federal Colonial, and Arts and Crafts. With close to 1,000 applications for demolition in Vancouver in 2014, neighbourhood residents were expressing concerns about the preservation of the historic landmarks in the area.
As the review, update and implementation of the Vancouver Heritage Conservation Program is officially underway, many property owners and stakeholders in the affected Shaughnessy areas are also concerned about the effects of the changes in regards to the future of their properties – one of which includes the increased costs that will be associated with the new recycling rules around home demolition.
The Heritage Action Plan will focus on 5 key areas: a review of the Heritage Conservation Program, upgrades to the Heritage Registration processes, a review of the zoning of character homes, sustainability initiatives, and the awareness and advocacy of those initiatives.
With fewer demolition approvals in the prestigious and history-rich neighbourhoods of Shaughnessy in Vancouver, more heritage homes are becoming available on the real estate market. If you’re interested in learning more about buying or selling homes in this highly sought-after neighbourhood, we’re here to help.
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