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Save Our Skyline: Group worries city-approved False Creek development will damage mountain view

Last Updated Feb 13, 2018 at 3:38 pm PDT

(City of Vancouver)

The City of Vancouver has approved a massive False Creek overhaul

Save Our Skyline campaign concerned development will take away views

"It is irreversible. Nobody can give those views back to us," says group spokesperson

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – If you live in Vancouver, your view of the mountains could change now that city council has approved a major overhaul of the False Creek area.

There’s at least one group that’s voicing its concerns about losing public views.

The Northeast False Creek Plan includes condo towers for up to 12,000 people over the next two decades, but three of them will partially block the view of the North Shore Mountains.

And that’s a huge loss for those already living in Vancouver, according to Melody Ma, who started the Save Our Skyline Campaign.

“These are public amenities and public assets that we need to treasure. Once you put a tower that covers these iconic mountains then we lose what it means to be Vancouver,” says Ma. “Once you make this decision and towers are built, it is irreversible. Nobody can give those views back to us.”

She’s also worried about the precedent this sets for other developers.

“I’m concerned that it will set a bad precedent for other real estate developers who add to pressure the city to pierce through the view cones and then soon won’t have a mountain range to see anymore.”

The condos are likely years from being a reality and will still include public consultations. The full plan also includes a new park, ice rink, and community centre as well as new streets to replace the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts.

The City has had a policy to protect view corridors since the 1980s, but says the housing density is needed. In addition to the condo plans, the city says the viaducts will be coming down and will be replaced with a new network of surface-level streets.