Cart be­fore horse

De­vel­oper takes down homes on Har­ley Street in Char­lot­te­town be­fore coun­cil gives the go-ahead

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - HOT ONLINE - BY DAVE STE­WART

A Char­lot­te­town de­vel­oper had five homes de­mol­ished on Har­ley Street with­out city coun­cil’s ap­proval.

At its pub­lic meet­ing on Mon­day night, coun­cil voted in favour of go­ing to a pub­lic meet­ing over the de­vel­oper’s pro­posal to re­zone the prop­er­ties from low den­sity res­i­den­tial to medium den­sity res­i­den­tial.

The prop­er­ties in ques­tion are 10, 12, 14 and 16 Har­ley St.

The end goal here is to put up an­other apart­ment build­ing.

The prob­lem is, proper pro­ce­dure is to ask coun­cil for the green light to de­mol­ish homes first.

“In this case, the de­vel­oper forged ahead with­out coun­cil ap­proval and did de­mol­ish some homes with the in­tent of putting a fairly large com­plex on that prop­erty,’’ said Coun. Greg Ri­vard, chair­man of the city’s plan­ning com­mit­tee.

A prop­erty owner can knock one home o put up some­thing sim­i­lar, but any­time some­one wants to knock mul­ti­ple homes down to put up some­thing big­ger, that has to go through coun­cil first.

Alex Forbes, man­ager of plan­ning for the city, said it was pre­ma­ture on the de­vel­oper’s part con­sid­er­ing that he is as­sum­ing coun­cil will green-light the de­vel­op­ment.

Ri­vard added that not only is the de­vel­oper as­sum­ing his pro­ject will get the go-ahead but is tak­ing down as­sets by de­mol­ish­ing the homes.

The pro­ject, if it goes ahead, it is ex­pected to be sim­i­lar to the apart­ment build­ings that re­placed the Idle­wheels Trailer Park a few years ago.

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