What do you think are the most important aspects of mid-rise and tall building design, and how would you like them handled in the City’s new approach?

about 1 year ago
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  • Morley Burwash about 1 year ago
    It is very important that the city recognize and support visual access to the keystone heritage buildings in our downtown core. Eg City Hall , S and R, the lower Princess and Brock Sts, and the 2 Cathedrals at a minimum. Any development should not physically overshadow them.
    Recognizing that people living downtown is a major contribution to a healthy city core, while safeguarding the heritage look is critical to further positive development. When large buildings are supported, such as those in Williamsville, they should be set back at the street level to allow commercial development along the street. This also supports a healthy downtown culture in that people are encouraged to walk, shop and visit along those streets.
  • ArtDolan about 1 year ago
    I agree with the comments posted by Helen Cutts. In addition, I believe it would be conducive to the city's heritage image to ensure that the design of the lower floors (1,2 - 4) of larger buildings within the downtown core heritage area convey the look of limestone. this will also convey images of durability, strength and permanence as well as a link to the surrounding community.
    Also, there should be a graduated range for height within the planning areas to afford gradual scaling for visibility to the waterfront areas.
    For the tourist area, particularly at the waterfront segments, there should be an effort to encourage owners/developers to utilize their outside spacing as walker-friendly and patio-dining capable. This will allow the citizens and the visitors to maximally enjoy the waterfront heritage.
  • Helen Cutts over 1 year ago
    I have two comments. First, it is very important to consider access to sunlight. We have a beautiful downtown that is enjoyable for shopping and strolling. But the danger is that the pleasant feeling goes away if almost everywhere is in the shade. In the summer, the sun is high and the chances of decent light are pretty good, however, in the fall, winter and spring, problems will be most evident. After the tourists go away, the downtown businesses depend on locals so we cannot afford to have a dark and dreary downtown from too many broad towers casting shadows on the streets. I like the idea of having a few stories on the street with the tower further back from the street. The distance between towers should also take into account sunlight.

    Secondly, I believe that a good approval process means that planners have to consider the cumulative effects of development. Some projects might get approval and then the next one does not because of its incremental effect. The project that is turned down (or sent back for modifications) may look like the others but its effect may be different on sunlight or some other policy consideration. City planners should be confident when they make tough decisions. To help back them up (so that they can justify their decisions to developers), planners should be able to point to a part of the policy that says that the cumulative effects of development must be taken into account.