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K-Streets heritage homes?

The City of Penticton is looking at making the area known as the "K-Streets" an official heritage conservation area, and seeking feedback from residents. 

It's part of the new Official Community Plan, which hopes to conserve the character of the homes on Killarney, Kensington, Kilwinning and Queen Streets as well as Windsor Avenue by designating a set of design rules to promote the heritage qualities of the neighbourhood. 

"Preserving the character and heritage of some of our more unique neighbourhoods was a common theme in our engagement activities,” said Ben Johnson, special projects manager leading the development of the Official Community Plan. “Under the Local Government Act, municipalities can create heritage conservation areas to protect the special historical significance of some neighbourhoods and ensure that homeowners can still undertake renovations and upgrades.”

The homes in the area were identified as having special historical significance because of the post-war architecture. Heritage design guidelines would regulate the architectural characteristics, building materials, landscaping, and height and roof forms of proposed developments, and homeowners would need to apply for alteration permits should they wish to alter their properties. 

Area homeowners will be able to give their feedback at two upcoming information sessions. 

“The city is hosting a targeted consultation with the homeowners in the proposed heritage conservation areas because of the unique impact to residents,” says JoAnne Kleb, engagement strategist. “The engagement activities will help the city understand if there is interest in creating these designations and what they should consider.”

On Jan. 31, two sessions will be held in the auditorium at the library from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. featuring presentations from city staff and an opportunity to ask questions. 

Feedback forms will be available on site as well as online at shapeyourcitypenticton.ca.

Public consultation on the proposed heritage designation is one of the last steps before the city releases a draft version of the Official Community Plan this spring. 



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