Originally Posted by halifaxboyns
I'm not sure if people know this but Vancouver has a series of viewplanes - 12 if I am not mistaken. But they are no where near as big or wide as the ones HRM has.
Yeah, I used to live in the Fairview neighbourhood around Broadway and Oak. There's a park there (Choklit Park -- weird name) that has protected views of the mountain. The views extend across the downtown, limiting building heights.
In my opinion many of those views are about as silly as the Halifax ones. Vancouver has all sorts of public beaches and waterfront areas that will have mountain views regardless of the height of buildings downtown. For the small park example I gave, most people don't even know it's there and in reality those view cones preserves a small number of mostly private views at the expense of density over an area of maybe 30 downtown blocks.
The Heritage Trust people are often misguided but at least the Paceys don't own a condo on Citadel Hill. There are typically huge conflicts of interest in these debates, like when the Martello residents complained about the YMCA.