Developers have ears of councillors
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