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The purpose of this chapter is to provide for the identification, evaluation and protection of cultural and historic resources within the city of Vancouver and to encourage the preservation, restoration and rehabilitation of eligible historic and/or cultural resources for future generations in order to:

A. Safeguard the heritage of Vancouver as represented by those buildings, districts, objects, sites and structures which reflect significant elements of the city’s history;

B. Increase recognition of Vancouver’s cultural and historic resources;

C. Foster a sense of identity based upon the city’s history;

D. Assist, encourage and provide incentives to property owners for preservation, restoration and reuse of significant buildings, districts, objects, sites and structures; and

E. Promote and facilitate the early identification and resolution of conflicts between preservation of cultural and historic resources and alternative land uses. (Ord. M-4296 § 2, 2020; Ord. M-4079 § 56, 2014; Ord. M-3243 § 2, 1996)