A: No, under current zoning, the city center IS being built up and filled in. For example, one area, the South of Laurel area, is currently zoned to allow 1,200 units and heights of 5 to 7 stories, up to 8 stories with the State density bonus.
Rezoning South of Laurel to allow 12-story buildings will set a precedent to allow taller, unaffordable buildings in the rest of our town.
Some areas of downtown are currently zoned for up to 85 feet (or about 8 stories) and now with the State Density Bonus Law, builders are allowed to build even higher.
However under the current proposal, there is no limit on the number or location of these tall buildings.
The citizens deserve a right to vote when builders want to break the current height limits.