The heritage conservation area (HCA) is one of the important conservation tools that is made available to local governments through the Local Government Act. Like the other conservation tools, the HCA is a recognized method to identify, acknowledge, record, and protect local heritage that has a particular value to the community. Additionally, it is a flexible tool for local governments to achieve numerous other development and planning priorities.
The goal of this guide is to support the adoption of HCAs through research, guidelines, and standards. By understanding best practices and lessons learned, heritage conservation areas can be successfully utilized by all local governments and regional districts.