Heritage Talks – The West End Plan: “Ensuring our Past Enhances Our Future” – Nov 13, at 7 pm

Here WEN carries a public service announcement this event, with our own additional comment further below about the significance of the topic, plus exact relevant text in the draft West End Plan. WEN encourages citizens to be involved in this process. Public input (see below) is due by November 13 for staff consideration before the Plan goes to Council on November 20.

Barclay Manor in Heritage Square, courtesy CoVHeritage​ Talk: ” The West End Plan: Ensuring our Past enhances our Future”
Gordon Neighbourhood House (1019 Broughton St)
7:00 pm to 8:40 pm
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Organized by Heritage Vancouver

Admission: Admission is free. No registration required.

Heritage Vancouver welcomes you to an evening of conversation regarding the future of heritage in the West End. Holly Sovdi, City Planner for the West End Plan will do a presentation entitled, “Ensuring Our Past Enhances the Future”. Heritage Vancouver has been participating in the plan from the beginning.
According to Holly “Heritage Vancouver has played an involved and influential role from the beginning of this process. This involvement has helped shape the plan, which in my opinion, includes significant measures to protect important heritage assets for years to come. This would not have been possible without Heritage Vancouver’s help. My interest in the session is not only to share the strategy for protecting the West End’s heritage assets, and ultimately build support for implementing the plan, but also to shine a light on Heritage Vancouver and their significant contribution towards the plan”.

Following the presentation will be a chance to ask questions and share ideas about the future of heritage in the West End. Gordon Neighbourhood House is a community partner with Heritage Vancouver Society in this presentation.


This event could be a good opportunity to learn more about heritage resources in the West End, and the impacts that future development may have upon them. Some of the heritage resources specifically identified by Heritage Vancouver, such as the houses at the north-west corner of Jervis and Davie are shown in the Plan as being occupied by new development. Meanwhile, the draft plan is silent on specific heritage sites like the Gabriola Mansion on Davie Street.

All related documents, including the draft plan are here: www.vancouver.ca/westendplan. Public input (see link on that page too) is due by November 13 for consideration before the Plan goes to Council on November 20.

The heritage policies in the draft West End Plan (see page 74, and note the entire Heritage section starts on page 72) are as follows:

· 11.1.1 Encourage the use of existing tools and incentives available through citywide heritage policies to protect and recognize heritage resources within the West End.

· 11.1.2 Look to identify heritage resources consistent with the six themes for possible addition to the Vancouver Heritage Register when opportunity arises.

· 11.1.3 Recognize the Davie Village as the culturally and historically important hub of Vancouver’s LGBTQ community.

· 11.1.4 Encourage the retention of houses in the Neighbourhoods through existing tools and incentives available, as well as by allowing strata-titled infill housing along the laneways.

· 11.1.5 For sites within the Neighbourhoods listed on the Vancouver Heritage Register, or that include an existing building or resource considered to have heritage merit, the retention of the historic place should be prioritized to achieve conditional density within the RM-5, RM-5A, and RM-5B zones.

· 11.1.6 Recognize the six themes in new development in terms of character and history, including the development of public spaces and streets.

· 11.1.7 Explore opportunities to collaborate with First Nations groups to identify sites and tell the story of the continued presence of Coastal Salish peoples in the community.

· 11.1.8 Explore opportunities to improve Cardero Street between Robson and Davie Streets as the West End “heritage stroll”, recognizing the area’s architectural and historically significant mix of buildings and mature street trees.

· 11.1.9 Recognize areas, precincts, and streetscapes with sites or features that have special heritage merit due to a consistency of structures, landscaping, or settings that contribute significantly to the character of the area.


Call For Nominations 
Nominations are now open for the Heritage Vancouver Society Board of Directors.  if you are interested in being considered for the board please let us know your experience in any of the following areas; fundraising, communcations, or membership.

The nominations will close on Friday November 15th.

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