Aberdeen City Council will consult with housebuilders and businesses over proposals to boost the number of people living in the city centre.
Real estate firm Savills was commissioned by the council to draw up a strategy looking at attracting more people to live on central streets.
Within their findings, the firm said challenges include limited high quality contemporary stock and the expense of converting older buildings to residential when compared to using a new greenfield site.
Suggestions put forward include creating a flagship residential project and forming a dedicated city living team in the council.
It also suggested developers building more than 50 homes in the city centre should be exempt from paying developer contributions to the council for two years in a bid to boost construction.
Developers generally pay money towards improving areas they are building in or to pay for infrastructure improvements such as footpaths and bridges.
Opposition councillors objected to the proposal, with SNP member Alex Nicoll saying it would amount to “pouring money into the purses of private companies”.
However, members of the local authority’s city growth and resources committee agreed five votes to four to consult with people on the strategy’s findings when they met yesterday.
Councillor Marie Boulton, City Centre Masterplan spokeswoman, said: “Increasing the number of city centre residents can have major economic benefits for local businesses and the wider city community.
“A necessary next step is to consult with a wide range of stakeholders on the strategy and for officers to use that feedback in drawing up a proposed action plan for delivering homes and drawing people into the heart of Aberdeen.”