One of the initiatives I’m most pleased with during my time on City Council was a request for a study in 1996 to examine the possibility of higher buildings on those sites not crossed by view corridors.  My concern was that with a standard height limit within zoning districts, the city would bench out – a flattened skyline of glass towers.  Why not, I argued, a skyline that reflected the mountains, a skyline of peaks and valleys?

Eventually Council approved the possibility for towers to exceed the downtown height limits on seven locations in the CBD.  (It’s been amended a few times since then, as reported here.)


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A decade or so later and we can see the results:

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