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Four new buildings for Vancouver’s skyline

December 8th, 2009 · 46 Comments

After a few months spent on a view-corridor study, Vancouver’s planning director, Brent Toderian, is expecting to go to council with a report in January recommending that four new sites be allowed to go higher than usual limits and intrude into existing view cones.

(For conspiracy theorists thinking this is a giveaway to developers, the city typically looks at how much of a profit a developer is going to make from the extra space and takes back up to 90 per cent of it.)

My story on this in today’s Globe.  I’d be interested in hearing from anyone who was at the meetings and is violently opposed to this, for future stories (i.e. I need your name, if you’d like to contact me offline). It sounds to me as though, from the public surveys, that most people are not in favour of any intrusions, though they are more reluctantly willing to accept a few tall buildings that other options (narrower panoramas or a wholesale rise in building heights throughout the downtown).

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