05/29/2013 21:06 EDT | Updated 07/29/2013 05:12 EDT

Residents sound off on Oakridge redevelopment

Dozens of Oakridge-area residents showed up at a Vancouver City Council meeting today to weigh in on a massive development and rezoning plan that would bring tall towers to the corner of 41st Avenue and Cambie Street.

The owner of Oakridge Centre and Westbank development have submitted an application that would double the size of the existing mall and add a new community centre and towers as high as 45 storeys.

But under the current policy only towers up to 24 storeys are allowed, so an amendment would need to be made.

At the meeting some residents of the area expressed their concerns.

"The planned redevelopment of Oakridge is not appropriate. It will dwarf everything in the area," said Heather Wye.

Andrew Waldichuk, who also lives in the area, agreed.

"Why are we so short sighted?" he said. "Why is Vancouver turning into this boring place of boring ugly towers?"

But Boris Chenkis, a business owner in the area, welcomed the redevelopment plan.

"We are excited about it, but we ask you to expedite as much as you can the decision-making process, so we can reenergize Oakridge and make it part of the community again as it was in years past," he said.

The proposal has yet to be approved by city council.