I was speaking to a friend of mine who is marginally involved in a proposed small west end development. He told me that a developer had mentioned to him that the bureaucracy-permits, approvals, licenses, fees, etc.-required to build a four to six story building are the same as a twenty or thirty story building. I have no way of knowing whether this is true or not but it does make me wonder why there is so little low rise development happening in Toronto. The current city plan calls for low rise development along our main streets but most of the new development we are getting is high rise. Does anyone know if the city is actively encouraging the construction of low rise building with retail at street level and residential above? Seems it would work well on nearly all of our east-west main streets outside of the downtown core.