Con­cerned res­i­dents

A pub­lic meet­ing in Corn­wall gets feed­back from res­i­dents re­gard­ing pro­posed by­law changes to the town

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY MAUREEN COULTER

Teresa and Alan Craswell and their daugh­ter, Kelly God­dard, say they’re wor­ried they’re go­ing to lose green space and see an in­crease in traf­fic and noise in their neigh­bour­hood if a pro­posed by­law change goes through in the Town of Corn­wall.

The fam­ily was among 50 res­i­dents who came out to a re­cent pub­lic meet­ing to hear about pro­posed by­law changes and re­zon­ing of spe­cific prop­er­ties, as well as up­dates to the Corn­wall Zon­ing and Sub­di­vi­sion Con­trol De­vel­op­ment By­law.

It seemed the big­gest is­sue caus­ing con­cern to res­i­dents in­volves a sec­tion of land be­tween the Trans-Canada High­way and Lake­view Drive.

“I think ev­ery­one is go­ing to look like they are packed in like sar­dines. People need their space.” Kelly God­dard

The town re­ceived an ap­pli­ca­tion to re­zone 10 parcels of land from sin­gle fam­ily res­i­den­tial (R1) to planned unit res­i­den­tial (PURD). The pro­posal is for 30 block town­house units. The town­houses would be sin­gle­storey, se­nior-friendly units.

God­dard, who grew up in the home on Lake­view Drive where her par­ents have lived for 35 years said the town­houses are a ter­ri­ble idea.

“I think ev­ery­one is go­ing to look like they are packed in like sar­dines,” said God­dard. “People need their space.”

At times the meet­ing was emo­tional.

“I and many others here tonight would like the sub­di­vi­sion to be main­tained as is un­til such a time when some­one is able to com­plete the de­vel­op­ment as orig­i­nally planned,” said one res­i­dent.

“I think what the people here are try­ing to say is that no­body thinks that sub­di­vi­sion is go­ing to work in our area,” said an­other res­i­dent.

Also up for dis­cus­sion were three lots that are be­tween the Trans-Canada High­way and Mut­tart Drive. The lots are cur­rently zoned as two-fam­ily res­i­den­tial (R2) with a propo­si­tion to be zoned as mul­ti­ple-fam­ily res­i­den­tial (R3).

One of the pro­posed text amend­ments in the Corn­wall Zon­ing and Sub­di­vi­sion Con­trol De­vel­op­ment By­law was on height re­stric­tions. The town is pur­pos­ing changes from a max­i­mum height of 35 feet to 40 feet in all ar­eas of the town.

Other amend­ments in­cluded changes to the al­lot­ted lot frontages and changes to the per­cent­age of semi-de­tached and du­plex units in a R2 zoned block. The town wants to in­crease it from 20 per cent to 35 per cent.

The in­for­ma­tion gath­ered at the meet­ing will be dis­cussed at the next plan­ning board meet­ing in August be­fore it goes be­fore Corn­wall town coun­cil.

MAUREEN COULTER/THE GUARDIAN

Teresa and Alan Craswell are not happy to hear that their pic­turesque back­yard may turn into 30 block town­house units. The cou­ple bought their home 35 years ago and feel the area should re­main zoned as sin­gle-fam­ily res­i­den­tial in­stead of open­ing it up to town­houses.

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