I work in a small resort town on Lake Michigan, about 2.5 hours drive time from the Chicago Loop. We have been getting hit with concept proposals for "highrise" condos of 6, 7, 8 and 9 stories. Right now the highest building in town is a 5 story senior center, and the ordinance allows 4 stories (I have to check this to make sure it is correct). There are about 1000 condo units in the development pipeline (if you can believe the conceptual plans) in a city with less than 4000 total residential units now. Most current units now are single family homes. The condos are planned in the downtown and in old industrial areas.
This is looking to be the big issue of the year for our town: how high should we go? The issues are loss of character of the historic downtown, negative opinions on highrise buildings on the skyline, traffic, and opposition to new residents. From my side, I want to promote lots of pedestrian activity downtown, create taxable value, and I kinda like the Chicago skyline. But my future employment depends on me landing on the right side of this issue. I expect the next elections will be growth/no growth in debate.
I'm wondering if anyone has any advice or comments how to approach this "problem" (its a great problem to have).