WAHA Heritage Rezoning 

The Westmount Architectural Heritage Area (WAHA) is a section of Westmount – 125 and 126 Street between 107 and 111 Avenue – that is a designated heritage area. This area is defined by its high concentration of Craftsman and Foursquare style homes that were constructed between 1912 and 1925.

 

Special zoning that is intended to preserve the historic character in the Area has been in place for about 30 years (see current DC1 Zone and ARP). However, the architectural guidelines in the zone are only voluntary, and as such, the exterior features, style, and character of a development cannot currently be restricted or enforced.

 

WAHA residents have expressed strong interest in updating the zone to change some of the architectural guidelines to regulations. For several years, the Westmount Heritage Committee and Westmount Community League have engaged with residents and the City to bring forward the desired changes through a formal rezoning application.

 

In 2017, the City agreed to cover the costs associated with this rezoning application and provide heritage staff to support the process - a move that is unprecedented in Edmonton. This is based on the understanding that the WAHA heritage zone will be a pilot project for other heritage areas in the City.

 

The rezoning process is currently underway and will involve best practice research on heritage zones in other municipalities, character analysis of the area, and multiple public engagement opportunities (led by the City’s Heritage Planners). The process is expected to be complete in early 2019.

 

See below for a complete schedule (be aware that this schedule is subject to change as events unfold). The Westmount Window contains specific, up-to-date information on this initiative as well.

 

If you have questions or would like to be involved, please email wcldevelopmentguidelines@gmail.com.

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