With the new 9-story building planned for the LDS Church’s missionary training center, building heights are once again a topic of discussion in Provo. And though the 9-story building isn’t planned for downtown, height limits and regulations are one of the issues that come up when developers want to building something new in the center of the city.
Though people have strong feelings on either side of this issue, The Atlantic Cities recently reported that at least in one city, height limits constrain development and shrink the supply of affordable housing. (Parking minimums would also have a similar effect, by the way.)
Provo isn’t yet experiencing constant struggles over height limits in downtown, but the point here is that some zoning roadblocks for developers also end up producing less housing that also costs more. That impedes growth and makes it more difficult for individuals to live in the city.