De­vel­op­ers have ears of coun­cil­lors

Edmonton Journal - - LETTERS -

Mon­day was my first visit to city hall. I in­tended to voice op­po­si­tion to the neg­a­tive im­pacts that the now-de­ferred Holy­rood Gar­dens re­zon­ing ap­pli­ca­tion seeks.

I saw coun­cil ex­press con­cern over other pro­pos­als con­tra­ven­ing plan­ning guide­lines that had neg­a­tive ef­fects on neigh­bours but ap­prove them any­way. Ap­par­ently, they re­ally are only guide­lines.

This con­cerns me greatly be­cause I had be­lieved that th­ese guide­lines could be re­lied on to balance the le­git­i­mate needs of de­vel­op­ers and their prop­erty rights, with those of their neigh­bours. There seemed to be more con­cern for the ex­pan­sion of new prop­erty rights to de­vel­op­ers and less con­cern to the ex­ist­ing prop­erty rights of their neigh­bours.

This seems par­tic­u­larly egre­gious to me in the case of Holy­rood. Con­cerns were ex­pressed by coun­cil about the fi­nan­cial hard­ships that might be ex­pe­ri­enced by the de­vel­oper should there be any re­zon­ing de­lay. Never mind any per­ma­nent hard­ships that may be wrought on neigh­bours.

Do de­vel­op­ers now pur­chase prop­erty in Edmonton with rights to what­ever re­zon­ing and profit that they wish? Shouldn’t they only be able to rely on the de­vel­op­ment rights as pur­chased? Euan Stu­art, Edmonton

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