De­vel­op­ment talk

Some op­po­si­tion voiced against Wa­ter Street lot re­zon­ing

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND - BY COLIN MACLEAN

A re­quest to re­zone a long-va­cant prop­erty on Wa­ter Street in Sum­mer­side is be­ing op­posed by some ad­ja­cent prop­erty own­ers.

The Sum­mer­side Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (SRDC) owns the lot in ques­tion at 565 Wa­ter St. It has asked for the land to be re­zoned from Medium Den­sity Res­i­den­tial to High Den­sity Res­i­den­tial.

A de­vel­oper has been in con­tact with SRDC and is in­ter­ested in buy­ing the prop­erty but would like it to be re­zoned first. A higher den­sity zone would al­low for a larger build­ing with more units.

But some nearby res­i­dents don’t like the idea of a high­er­den­sity de­vel­op­ment be­ing added there. Two people spoke out against the re­zon­ing Wed­nes­day evening dur­ing a pub­lic meet­ing on the sub­ject at city hall.

One of those people was lo­cal busi­ness­man Mor­ris Case­ley, who owns sev­eral prop­er­ties in the area near the lot. Case­ley was not present, but his lawyer, Mike Ram­say, spoke in his place dur­ing the meet­ing.

Case­ley is con­cerned about in­creased traf­fic, po­ten­tial reper­cus­sions for fu­ture events at Green’s Shore and dan­ger for pedes­tri­ans in the area if a higher den­sity zone is granted.

“(Case­ley) does not be­lieve that high den­sity res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment at 565 Wa­ter Street would be har­mo­nious and in keep­ing with the struc­tures in the lo­cal area,” said Ram­say on be­half of his em­ployer.

It was noted dur­ing the meet­ing that Case­ley has also looked at the prop­erty for his own po­ten­tial de­vel­op­ment project, but that his po­ten­tial project would not re­quire a high den­sity re­zon­ing.

Arnold Cro­ken, pres­i­dent of the SRDC, said that there has been an up­swing in the num­ber of people con­sid­er­ing buy­ing prop­erty in Sum­mer­side in the past year, which he feels is a good thing.

How­ever, it also drives up prop­erty prices, and that means de­vel­op­ers have to in­crease the unit den­sity of their de­vel­op­ments in or­der to keep them prof­itable.

The re­zon­ing re­quest will now go to plan­ning board for fur­ther dis­cus­sion and rec­om­men­da­tion to com­mit­tee of coun­cil.

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