Den­sity creeps

The Coast - - THIS WEEK -

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

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