City approves policy for taller buildings in downtown Vancouver

Excerpt: “The city works on precedent,” he said. “The current council is only in place until November this year, and decisions of future councils will be based on what’s in the policy. Of course developers see what has happened, and I expect we’ll be seeing more applications for tall buildings downtown.”

Helten said higher buildings in the downtown will impact “the very character” of the city. His group’s concerns around taller building construction include questions about the seismic safety and environmental performance of tall buildings, and potential impacts on infrastructure, such as transportation, schools and community centres.

“We just have not seen any kind of comprehensive planning from city hall on the big picture of all these things,” he said.

February 2nd, 2011

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