Vancouver Thinks About Building Higher -- And So Do Suburbs

<p>Scarcity of land has prompted officials in Vancouver to consider updating building height restrictions to allow buildings to rise higher. Even neighboring suburbs are thinking about raising their own allowed building heights.</p>
July 17, 2007, 11am PDT | Nate Berg
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"Developers, spurred on by the cost of land and increasing tolerance for density throughout the region, are banging on the doors of the region's city halls to build higher."

"Vancouver, under pressure to accommodate both a hot condo market and a campaign for more office space in a tightly restricted downtown peninsula, is considering whether to lift current height restrictions."

"And even the most suburban of municipalities are opening the door to heights and densities they wouldn't have considered a decade ago. They're encouraged by Vancouver's successful new downtown neighbourhoods, new kinds of residents, including immigrants, who are comfortable with the idea of highrise living in the suburbs, and the current planning mantra that says cities can save the planet by building more compactly."

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Published on Saturday, July 14, 2007 in The Vancouver Sun
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