Character Home Zoning Review

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Character Home Zoning Review


We are conducting the Character Home Zoning Review to look at options for the retention of heritage and character homes in single-family (RS) zoning districts.

Geographic and zoning options are being explored that could result in changes to regulations for both pre-1940 character homes and new home development in older single-family neighbourhoods.

This review is part of the Heritage Action Plan.

What is a character home?

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What's happening

November and December open houses: learn more and provide your feedback

Drop-in to our four open houses any time to learn about the review, ask questions, and give your feedback.

November 21, 5:00pm - 9:00pm November 26, 10:00am - 4:00pm

December 5, 5:00pm - 9:00pm December 6, 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Online questionnaire

An online survey will be available starting November 21.


Our guiding principles

  1. Character homes define our city's neighbourhoods.
  2. Retaining character homes contributes to meeting our Greenest City goals.
  3. Zoning regulations must reflect the long-term objectives for a neighbourhood.

Our approach

Understand character homes within the context of the city

We will:

  1. Review historic patterns of residential development
  2. Identify areas where character homes are managed through zoning
  3. Identify other areas with high concentrations of potential character homes and make these focus areas for study

Plan for focus areas

We will: 

  1. Examine focus areas for distinctive character, such as their current condition, zoning, and so on
  2. Review our policies that may impact the future of the areas, like housing and transportation
  3. Develop geographic and zoning options
  4. Consult with the community on our analysis and the options
  5. Review the community's feedback and develop recommendations

Implement recommended zoning changes

We will: 

  1. Consult with the community on the final recommendations
  2. Refer the final recommendations for City Council to consider and approve
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