Heritage and the Community Plan

As part of the ongoing Grandview Woodland Community Plan exercise, the Grandview Heritage Group has submitted a 14-page document to City Planners regarding the protection and enhancement of heritage buildings in our neighbourhood.  Note that 50% of all buildings in Grandview were built prior to 1929: Grandview is heritage.  The Executive Summary for this document is posted below:

“The GHG is keen to see heritage/character preserved in Grandview as part of the Community Plan process and, to that end, would like to make a series of suggestions about preserving heritage/character.  Please consider this letter and attachments as a formal submission to the plan process.  We look forward to consideration of the suggestions by planning staff and adoption of them.  As you will see, the GHG would like to see some of its suggestions adopted in the upcoming plan workshop on heritage and character, and also other workshops such as housing.

During the Community Plan process, the GHG would like to see the final plan document include the following: 

  1. Wording that frames Grandview as a heritage/character area and that heritage/character has an influence on other plan themes (such as housing) and on the development of policy about Grandview and its geographical subareas.
  2. Retention of all existing land use and development zoning schedules, policies and guidelines that apply to Grandview (e.g., within RM, RT, RS, and C zones), since the heritage/character of the neighbourhood would be threatened by changes thereto, and increased development pressure from upzoning would threaten the loss of the large amount of existing affordable older housing and rentals within heritage/character buildings.  The GHG also notes that the City has not demonstrated that existing zoning cannot serve anticipated growth.
  3.  Wording to ensure there is vigorous application of guidelines that apply to zoning in Grandview (notably, Britannia/Woodland and Broadway Station Area RM-4/RM-4N; RS-1, RT-4 and RT-5), especially regarding the heritage/character nature of buildings and streetscapes.
  4. New “First/Commercial C2-C Guidelines” modelled on the Broadway/Commercial C2-C and C-3A Guidelines, covering Commercial Drive from Parker Street to East 6th Avenue. 
  5. The view that future growth in Grandview should be predominantly provided through the retention, adaptive reuse and/or upgrading of existing buildings with infill where appropriate, at a scale consistent with the existing heritage character of Grandview, to avoid speculative land inflation and to protect public/private views of the mountains and city centre.
  6.  Policies that encourage the preservation and discourage the demolition of existing heritage/character residential buildings in Grandview.
  7. The implementation of city-wide policies that undermine the heritage character of Grandview (such as the Interim Rezoning Policy) should be suspended for the duration of the plan.
  8. Zoned capacity information about Grandview should be introduced immediately into the plan process, with the raw data and assumptions about the data made available on the plan website, and publicity produced about the availability of the data. 
  9.  The theme of heritage/character should be included in events (such as workshops) about or including other themes, notably housing.
  10. Maps by Bruce Macdonald and data and maps by Jak King should be immediately introduced into the Community Plan process and maps of theirs should be used in displays and other materials at plan events about heritage/character and housing, including workshops about these themes, and should inform the final document.

The full document (available here) expands on some of the preceding suggestions.