Vancouver City Council - Approves Taller Buildings in the Downtown Core


Vancouver city council voted to pass a report Tuesday that could lead to taller buildings at seven downtown sites.

Shangri-La - Tallest Condo Tower in Downtown Vancouver

The Georgia Straight reported this today:

The general policy for higher buildings allows for future consideration of taller buildings at certain sites in the downtown core, including the Granville and Burrard Street bridgeheads.

The policy allow for a building of up to 700 feet in the central business district, up from the current restriction of 600 feet for the tallest building, and a maximum height of 550 feet for other nearby sites.

According to Brent Toderian, the city’s director of planning, the recommendations passed are to enable public policy. Individual rezoning applications for the seven sites will have to go through separate public hearings, he told council.

Mayor Gregor Robertson spoke in support of the increased density downtown, noting there will need to be “rigorous process and public hearings" on development applications.

Robertson said the potential new towers could create up to 1,300 job spaces in the downtown area.

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