ALL OVER THE WORLD, historic edifices are being replaced with “could-be-anywhere” buildings. Do we want this to happen in our neighbourhood which is of such cultural significance to Oak Bay?
We need to protect it, so we thought it would be a good idea to apply to Oak Bay to become a Heritage Conservation Area (HCA), or heritage district.
There are many HCAs in Canada (the City of Victoria has 9) and the USA. Now is the time to establish THE FIRST HCA in Oak Bay.
Becoming an HCA protects our neighbourhood from the threat of development that ignores what long-time residents have come to cherish and newcomers come to love—the trees, topography, and rural character of our streets. It’s not just about preserving the houses but about preserving their setting.