Heritage Conservation: A Community Guide states, “Heritage revitalization agreements are intended to provide a powerful and flexible tool which enable agreements to be specifically written to suit unique properties and situations. They may be used to set out the conditions which apply to a particular property. The terms of the agreement supersede local government zoning regulations, and may vary use, density, and siting regulations.” (source)
The flexibility of the HRA allows for creative solutions that it can be used for unique properties and special situations requiring exceptions and relaxations of existing regulations. As a result, the HRA is a creative process that can be individualized to the specifics of each situation.
Following are some of the ways for which the HRA can be used. (Note: this is not intended to be an exhaustive list; specific application of the HRA is at the discretion of the local government.)
The HRA can be used to:
Common requests in HRA projects are:
To be eligible for a heritage revitalization agreement, a property must have heritage value according to the local government’s specifications. It is possible, then, the property will already be found on a heritage inventory or register listing, or it will have been designated as a heritage property.
Without prior recognition of heritage value, the property will likely need to be identified and described by a heritage professional (in a Statement of Significance) and approved by the Community Heritage Commission and/or city staff.
In addition to heritage value the property may be assessed according to: