Proposed new city bylaw: $2,000 a day fine for rundown heritage homes

The City of Revelstoke is proposing a new 'Heritage Maintenance Standards' bylaw that will ding the owners of unkempt homes in the city's heritage conservation area $2,000 per day for failing to maintain the home to city standards.

The City of Revelstoke is proposing a new ‘Heritage Maintenance Standards’ bylaw that will ding the owners of unkempt homes in the city’s Heritage Conservation Area $2,000 per day for failing to maintain the home to city standards.

The new bylaw appeared unexpectedly on the agenda for a special council meeting on Oct. 4 starting at 3 p.m.

The bylaw lists standards for paint, renovations, infestations, graffiti removal, structural and roof integrity.

In addition to new fines for not keeping any home in a Heritage Conservation Area up to city standards, a new provision would punish anyone with fines up to $50,000 and two years in jail for vandalizing or removing materials from protected heritage sites, a building with a higher level of heritage protection.

For more, read the proposed bylaw here by following the link to the ‘Heritage maintenance Standards Bylaw.’

The agenda was released at the end of the work day on Thursday, so city staff were not immediately available for comment. Many staff and city councillors are currently attending the Union of British Columbia Municipalities convention in Vancouver.

The Times Review will report on developments regarding the bylaw following the Oct. 4 meeting where it will be discussed at the council table for the first time.