Should the City of Vancouver do more to protect character homes?
That’s the question being asked as it kicks off a round of public consultation on the issue.
Hundreds of character homes have been demolished in recent years to make way for new luxury houses.
Now, the city is exploring options which could help retain historical buildings, launching the Character Home Zoning Review today, with bylaw changes being considered for homes built before 1940.
Heritage watcher and founder of the Vancouver Vanishes Facebook page Caroline Adderson says older homes are special and should be protected from demolition.
“The houses are holding the stories and the stories are drawing people to the houses,” she says.
“It just gives the city its soul, it gives it its layers and its complexity and tearing it all down, there’s nothing to look at anymore because there are no stories.”
Adderson says the city should add character homes to the Vancouver Heritage Registry and limit the size of new builds on lots where heritage homes once stood.
“These homes are special because of how they were built and what they were built with,” she says.
“The replacement houses are almost all synthetic.”
Residents can weigh in online, or at one of a series of open houses scheduled in November and December.