Saving place, municipal government and heritage conservation : the case of the Mount Newton Valley District of Central Saanich, British Columbia

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Chase, Lindsay D.
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The thesis comprises an exploration of the linkages between heritage conservation, planning and placemaking. Using a case study approach, the project examines why and how the Mount Newton Valley, in the District of Central Saanich, British Columbia was considered for heritage designation by the District, a d why the process failed. The investigation focuses on (i) how effective locally driven heritage landscape conservation may be best achieved; (ii) how placemaking theory can better inform and strengthen the public process used in local heritage designations; (iii) and how placemaking might frame the municipal planning and management process regarding proposed heritage landscapes. The theory of heritage conservation and placemaking is examined for similarities and differences This literature forms the basis of analysis of interviews conducted with local government and community members regarding the failed heritage designation. During the research, it was discovered that the designation proposal failed as a result of a lack of communication, the misreading of the audience, insufficient public involvement, and the legacy of previous public processes in the area. Two other heritage conservation projects in other cities are examined as examples of "best practice" scenarios, and are compared to the process used in Central Saanich. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)