Heritage Vancouver Society is holding a series of public conversations that will contribute to the City of Vancouver’s Heritage Action Plan.
Approved by the City of Vancouver in 2013, the Heritage Action Plan is a mechanism to review and update Vancouver’s Heritage Conservation Program. It contains a number of action items, including an upgrade of the Heritage Register and a review of zoning laws for character homes.
Heritage Vancouver’s “Shaping Vancouver: Conversations on the Heritage Action Plan” series will give the public a channel to communicate their ideas and opinions on these important issues. The series is to be held at SFU Woodward’s and will have an intimate, conversational atmosphere. Attendees will hear from a spectrum of experts and have their own voices heard though a question and answer format.
The next session, on April 16, will be a discussion on what Vancouver’s heritage is and what heritage values beyond the architectural ought to be recognized; these values are then tied into a discussion of the update of the Heritage Register, an inventory that identifies approximately 2,200 heritage sites and resources.
Later sessions will focus on articulating Vancouver’s unique character, balancing heritage conservation with other community goals, and preserving the identities of main streets.
Javier Campos, President of Heritage Vancouver, described the series as “a unique opportunity for Vancouverites to become engaged, become exposed to ideas around heritage, bring their opinions to light, and ultimately have a say in the shaping of our city. It is as much about what should be kept as it is about what should be built going forward.”
Full descriptions and registration can be accessed here. Registration is free.