A plan to blanket large parts of Steveston with a heritage tag has been hatched to better market the fishing village to tourists.
The Steveston Village and Cannery Row Heritage Area, if approved by city council, would stretch east all the way from Garry Point Park to London Farm.
Included in the new heritage area would be places such as the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, Steveston Park, Britannia Heritage Shipyard and London Farm.
The intent is to enable community stakeholders to better promote the area by attracting visitors, tourism, partnerships, sponsorships and investment, Terry Crowe, the citys policy planning manager, said in his report to councils planning committee.
It would, for the first time, clearly identify on one map the wide range of valued heritage resources along the waterfront including Shady Island.
The new heritage conservation area will be woven into a similar strategy set up in 2009 by the city, which protects 17 buildings in the village.
City staff did look at opening up the 2009 policy to the sites currently under review. But Crowe stated in his report to council that such a move was not necessary, since many of the buildings and areas in questions are owned by the government.
Also, by using existing heritage conservation plans, policies and regulations and not expanding the 2009 strategy, the city can avoid duplicating heritage regulation, said Crowe.