Sure I’m tall, but look at all the
open space around me!
The question also comes up in a development context that has more far-reaching implications for citizens. It happens when property developers request an allowance for greater than standard height and density.
Fortunately, the ordinance goes on to explain this: “The City Council may approve bonus development standards… upon demonstration of noteworthy investments in sustainable, high-quality urban design and other features that
- provide public benefits,
- improve the quality of life in the community, and
- assist in achieving the goals and policies of the General Plan, Downtown Plan and City objectives.”