Heritage Conservation Area
What is a Heritage Conservation Area?
- a and/or , identified for heritage conservation purposes.
- defined by its specific characteristics (“character defining elements”) defined within a Statement of Significance (SoS)
- intended to capture and preserve the unique sense of space within the area for the benefit of the broader community.
Check here for the most current information on the HCA process.
A Public Hearing will be held at 6:00 pm on Monday, February 24, 2020 at the Oak Bay Municipal Hall, located at 2167 Oak Bay Avenue to consider Bylaw No. 4620.003 for The Prospect Heritage Conservation Area.
For additional information on the Public Hearing, you can use the following links to view
Bylaw No. 4620.003 and the Prospect Heritage Conservation Area Guidelines
If you would like to submit comments for the Public Hearing, please click HERE.
The Prospect Heritage Conservation Area began with a request from neighbourhood residents in the fall of 2016. Policy development began in 2017 with the formation of the Heritage Conservation Area (HCA) Working Group, which resulted in a comprehensive Statement of Significance and proposed HCA guidelines. The process involved the work of the HCA Working Group, the heritage consultant and staff, as well as community input through a series of public information sessions and neighbourhood consultation.
In February 2019 following a presentation from the HCA Working Group for a Prospect Heritage Conservation Area, Council directed staff to move forward with the necessary bylaw amendments. The resulting bylaw amends the Official Community Plan (OCP) to include the Prospect HCA and associated guidelines. The HCA provides long term protection for this distinct area, the Prospect neighbourhood, which is known to contain special heritage value and / or heritage character. While the entire neighbourhood area is recognized for its heritage value, additional emphasis is placed on properties included in a schedule, where additional heritage protection is warranted.
The Prospect Heritage Conservation Area - OCP00004 is on the Agenda for the Regular Meeting of Committee of the Whole scheduled for January 20, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
The following documents are draft and subject to change.
- Report from the Director of Building and Planning dated January 14, 2020
- Attach 1 - Bylaw No. 4620.003
- Attach 2 - The Prospect Heritage Conservation Area Guidelines
- Attach 3 - Statement of Significance
- Attach 4 - Advisory Design Panel Recommendation
- Attach 5 - Advisory Planning Commission Recommendation
- Attach 6 - Heritage Commission Recommendation
- Attach 7 - Summary of Committee Meeting Times
On October 19 and 21, 2017 the District held public education / information sessions to provide information to the community about HCAs. On March 8, 2018 two public information and feedback sessions were held to hear from the community. The Working Group is currently working to develop draft design guidelines that will be brought forward to the community for consideration and input.
The expanded area below provides access to staff reports, media releases and other background information on the HCA establishment process.
Agendas, minutes and webcastings (where available) for the meetings listed below are accessible here.
|HCA Frequently Asked Questions - March 2018||Frequently Asked Questions|
|Proposed HCA Feedback Form - March 2018||Proposed HCA Feedback Form|
|Statement of Signficance - March 2018||Statement of Significance|
|Prospect Neighbourhood Information Sessions - March 2018||Information Sessions|
|Council - Nov. 14, 2017||Staff report - HCA Working Group Work Plan|
|Education Sessions - Oct. 19 & 21, 2017||Presentation - Murray G. Miller, Heritage Conservation and Management|
|Media Release - Oct. 18, 2017||Announcement of HCA Working Group Members|
|Committee of the Whole - Jul. 17, 2017||Staff report - HCA Working Group Terms of reference|
|Committee of the Whole - Dec. 5, 2016||
Staff report - Establishing a HCA
|Council - Oct. 11, 2016||Initial proposal from community|