Oak Bay Heritage Conservation Area

February 24, 2020 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Oak Bay City Hall
2167 Oak bay Avenue

At 6 pm on Monday, February 24th, there will be a public hearing before the Oak Bay Council regarding the proposed  Heritage Conservation Area.

A heritage conservation area (“HCA”) is:
  • a and/or , identified for heritage conservation purposes.
  • defined by its specific characteristics (“character defining elements”) defined within a Statement of Significance (SoS)
  • intended to capture and preserve the unique sense of space within the area for the benefit of the broader community.
What’s Being Proposed in Oak Bay?
Based on significant public feedback, in October 2017, Oak Bay Council established a Working Group to provide recommendations on the potential establishment of an HCA in the “Prospect Neighbourhood.”  The proposed Prospect Heritage Conservation Area includes York Place, San Carlos Avenue, a portion of Beach Drive and Oak Bay Avenue, and includes both Prospect Place and Broom Road. It also includes the Glenlyon Norfolk School, formerly the Francis Rattenbury residence, the shoreline of Rattenbury’s Beach and Haynes Park. The area is a significant cultural landscape with a sloped topography, narrow scenic roads, significant architecturally designed houses and a location fronting the Oak Bay beachfront.


The Prospect Heritage Conservation Area began with a request from neighbourhood residents in the fall of 2016. Policy development began in 2017 with the formation of the Heritage Conservation Area (HCA) Working Group, which resulted in a comprehensive Statement of Significance and proposed HCA guidelines. The process involved the work of the HCA Working Group, the heritage consultant and staff, as well as community input through a series of public information sessions and neighbourhood consultation.

In February 2019 following a presentation from the HCA Working Group for a Prospect Heritage Conservation Area, Council directed staff to move forward with the necessary bylaw amendments. The resulting bylaw amends the Official Community Plan (OCP) to include the Prospect HCA and associated guidelines. The HCA provides long term protection for this distinct area, the Prospect neighbourhood, which is known to contain special heritage value and / or heritage character. While the entire neighbourhood area is recognized for its heritage value, additional emphasis is placed on properties included in a schedule, where additional heritage protection is warranted.

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