Council agrees to remove home’s heritage registration

Salty Towers owners earn exemption for their home

  • Apr. 18, 2012 9:00 a.m.

A Beach Drive couple successfully lobbied Oak Bay council to have their 1913 Tudor revival home removed from Oak Bay’s heritage home registry. The registry protects homes from demolition.

Robert Bardagy and Pauline McIsaac wrote to the Oak Bay Heritage Commission in January of this year saying they had been unable to sell their house because of its heritage registration. And although permission of homeowners is not required for a house to be registered, the couple felt they should have been asked.

Because there was no paper trail regarding the initial registration, the commission took the unusual step of recommending the de-registration, a move that council initially balked at.

By this week councillors and the mayor, except for Coun. Pam Copley, agreed with commission chair Patricia Wilson that the house known as Salty Towers could be removed from the registry.