The Centre Plan is designed precisely to prevent density creep into residential neighbourhoods (“So does the Centre Plan exist or WTF?” The City article by Jacob Boon, Nov 23). By making clear rules about where density should go (downtown, corridors) it also makes it clear where density shouldn’t go (established residential neighbourhoods). Right now there is very little provision for density anywhere, so developers just ask for it anywhere they happen to own property, and council says, “yeahhh, I guess here is as good as anywhere,” so you end up with towers on Wellington Street. With Centre Plan it’ll be much easier for council to say, “sorry bro, we quite clearly allow density on Quinnpool so take your tower there instead of trying to force something through on the side streets.”
—posted at thecoast.ca by hipp5 So you live on the peninsula and want to live next to a high rise? Is that it? This will happen with the so-called Centre Plan. Density creep into peninsula residential neighbourhoods is just bad planning and a big tax grab to pay for suburban sprawl. Enough crap from the development stooges on this HRM council. We need a new form of municipal government that will give city residents more protection from bad high-density development.
—posted by Peter Ewert1