The City is holding a public information session about the controversial tall buildings proposal before council this week

In response to many questions from the public about the proposals before City Council this Thursday to increase the heights of towers in the downtown and West End borders, the city staff will hold an information session:

Monday, January 17, 2011
7:00-8:30 pm
Empire Landmark Hotel (1400 Robson Street) in the Crystal Ballroom (lobby level)

The purpose of this meeting is to provide complete and accurate information about the implementation recommendations in two reports before council on the 20th:

There will be staff presentations and an opportunity to ask them questions to clarify details in the reports prior to the Council Meeting. Council will hear your comments and concerns directly on the 20th.

Topics of Interest to the West End

  • What is the anticipated impact on the West End?
  • What are the boundries of the West End?

There are concerns for the West End. For example, the report makes no mention of the West End and staff told council on December 16th that the West End is not affected, yet when you read the report, it clearly shows increases in proposed heights at the corner of Davie and Burrard (currently Esso Station, and community garden).

You might want to ask about the impact of tall buildings and increased density on the West End including:

  • Mountain views from various locations and the skyline
  • Livability
  • Affordability
  • Sunlight and shadows
  • The environment
  • Wind tunnels
  • Traffic and transportation
  • Taxes
  • Costs of housing and affordability
  • Schools and community amenities
  • Seismic safety, disaster and emergency response

If you want to speak to Council about these reports at the January 20, 2011 meeting, contact Tina Hildebrandt in the City Clerk’s office at telephone: 604.873.7268 or by email at tina.hildebrandt@vancouver.ca.

Additional background information on these two studies is available at:

Higher Buildings: http://vancouver.ca/views

Historic Area Height Review: http://vancouver.ca/hahr

Cory Dobson
Central Area Planning
City of Vancouver
604.871.6419
cory.dobson@vancouver.ca

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