The city of Vancouver’s undertaking to maintain eccentric homes is met with negative reactions as it is alleged that the city’s eccentric home zoning assessment threatens such properties.
The Shaughnessy Heights Property Owners’ Association which was established in 1939 is the only group that represents residential property owner in Vancouver stated Christopher Shackleton, president of the association.
According to Shackleton, the association was established by the Canadian Pacific Railway as an upper reached single-family home community with large allotments and proportionately large homes. And over a period of almost 100 years, the community was able to maintain the neighborhood without the city involvement.
But things are now trying to take a turn as the city is likely to change things in Shaughnessy as eccentric home zoning assessment is ongoing.
Shackleton went on to explain that Shaughnessy will not be the only neighborhood to be affected by this change. Other such communities like West Point Grey/Upper Kitsilano, Dunbar/Kerrisdale/Second Shaughnessy/Third Shaughnessy and parts of Arbutus Ridge, parts of Riley Park/Cambie Village/Kensington, and Hastings and part of Grandview are also part of the assessment.
The aim of the city to create more homes these neighborhoods to even out the population of buyers, but for Shackleton, these neutralizing processes is not worthwhile.
In the past the city had pronounced that First Shaughnessy is a heritage conservation area which implies that homes in such areas that were constructed before 1940 cannot be ruined.
This decision of the city amounted to a drop in home value in Shaughnessy as compared to other areas such as Dunbar. Homeowners in Shaughnessy had a financial haircut of $2 million to $3 million.
According to the definition of eccentric by the city, it refers to a building that was constructed before 1940 that fulfills the requirement for integrity and character of original features. Furthermore, eccentric homes are not listed on the Vancouver Heritage Register.
The eccentric home assessment belongs to the city’s heritage action plan is geared towards finding various applicable options maintain eccentric homes.
Making some clarity, the city’s assistant director of urban design, Anita Molaro the ongoing debate is to get the view of people about eccentric homes and whether they should be maintained by the city.