District of West Vancouver staff is seeking a temporary protection order for the “McDowell Residence” located at 466 Hillcrest Street.
District of West Vancouver council will discuss the issue in an upcoming council meeting on March 29.
The McDowell Residence was constructed by the Lewis Construction Company and is noted as a Support Building in The West Vancouver Survey of Significant Architecture 1945-1975
The District received a building and demolition permit application to demolish the existing McDowell Residence at 466 Hillcrest Street and build a new single-family house.
District staff wishes to delay permit to discuss possible alternative development in exchange for legal protection of the existing house.
The council can issue an order to withhold issuing a demolition permit or a building permit that would significantly alter the house, for up to 60 days from the date of the resolution.
If Council orders the temporary protection of the “McDowell Residence”, staff will withhold issuance of the building permits for demolition and construction of a new single family residence.
Staff will also continue to request that the owners discuss alternative development options for the property in exchange for legal protection of the McDowell Residence.
Any development application that may be submitted for the property is subject to Council consideration and public consultation.