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In line with our commitment to preserving our heritage, the City of Kelowna is conducting a review of the Abbott Street and Marshall Street Heritage Conservation Areas (HCA) Development Guidelines. These guidelines serve as a single component within our city's holistic approach to heritage preservation.

The Abbott Street and Marshall Street Heritage Conservation Areas hold unique significance in our city's history, and we are inviting input from the public to help shape their future.

Ways the public got involved

  • Survey
    • Fill out the survey below to share your thoughts and priorities when it comes to heritage conservation.
      Survey closed December 3
  • Walkshop
    • On Nov. 25, City staff hosted an interactive walking tour of the Abbott Street Heritage Conservation Area – participants had the chance to learn more about the HCA Development Guidelines and heritage conservation values, participate in group discussion, ask staff questions and share input.

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    Project Background

    Kelowna’s heritage is reflected in our historically and architecturally significant buildings, structures, natural landscapes, historic neighbourhoods/districts, archaeological sites and other places of heritage value.

    Heritage Management Review of Kelowna’s Heritage Conservation Areas (HCA) allows the City to reflect on what has been achieved through the existing heritage management framework and consider how best to modernize our heritage management tools, meet current community goals, and better align with best practices including the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada.

    The HCA review will help provide much-needed clarity ahead of the larger Heritage Strategy update, which is identified as long-term 2040 Official Community Plan implementation action item. The main outcome of this Review will be and update to the 1997 HCA Guidelines.

    Progress to date

    Phase One of the HCA review provided insight into how the HCA Guidelines are meeting intended outcomes when compared to their defined objectives. It provides a quantitative review of the HCAs with the understanding that further data will be collected in future phases that assess more subjective aspects including the retention of neighbourhood ‘historical character’ and ‘sense-of-place’. The key findings from Phase 1 – Quantitative Review of the HCA Development Guidelines were:

    • The Development Guidelines guide alterations and redevelopment but do not require heritage protection or enforce heritage conservation;
    • The Development Guidelines Permit demolition of buildings and replacement with new builds that follow the Guidelines;
    • The Development Guidelines permit flexibility in form, scale, and style;
    • The Development Guidelines are oriented towards retaining overall aesthetic rather than the heritage value;
    • The Development Guidelines subject all properties to the same evaluation criteria regardless of heritage value; and
    • The Development Guidelines were created before the National Standards for Heritage Conservation Guidelines, resulting in a lack of alignment.

    Work underway

    In Phase Two of the HCA review (our current Phase), we'll gather qualitative data through targeted engagement. This will help us better understand the viewpoints of those who interact with HCAs, including City representatives, community partners, residents, heritage professionals, and the development community.

    Next steps

    The Third Phase of the process would see the HCA guidelines updated, using the review findings provided in Phases One and Two. The Guidelines would be brought to Council for consideration, anticipated in 2024, and once adopted, will provide refreshed guidance, along with additional certainty to residents on how these neighbourhoods will evolve in the future.


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