Councillor says Halifax waterfront good example for Charlottetown

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Lantz says approach suggested by Ekistics will improve development

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Anyone who has visited Halifax’s waterfront will have some idea of what Charlottetown has in mind, says the city’s chair of planning.

Coun. Rob Lantz isn’t suggesting Charlottetown is going to copy exactly what Halifax offers but the point is to entice people to use it and provide them with things to do and see.

“It invites you to stroll and stop in the parks and plazas and be active or just stop and people watch,’’ Lantz said after listening

to a Dartmouth-based planning and design firm

make suggestions for the future of Charlottetown’s waterfront.

“Anyone who visits the great cities of the world will notice there are high-quality parks and plazas and public amenities. You know when you’re in a high-quality public space.’’

Lantz believes adopting the new waterfront master plan is a good step for advocates of development and for those who advocate for lots of accessible public space with high-quality amenities.

Ekistics suggests Charlottetown adopt form-based planning rather than

the current conventional style.

Form-based practices translate into a common vision instead of piecemeal development.

“It’s really just starting to catch on in Canada. There really aren’t many mysteries in urban planning anymore. We know what results in good outcomes and we’re trying to implement those kinds of policies here now.’’

Lantz said the way

properties on the

waterfront are zoned now council can agree or disagree on just about anything.

“There is far too much discretion on the part

of council and there is

far too much restriction on the part of how things

are developed. It’s not good for anyone the way

our bylaws are written

right now for the waterfront.’’

The approach Ekistics is talking about has met with great success in Halifax and has been extremely popular in the United States.

“This form-based approach to zoning has far more concentration on quality and form of the development rather than the use which our current bylaw deals with; far more in detail, we think. It’s going to result in much better development.’’

Lantz said it gives developers the opportunity to develop as dense as they need to get a return on their investment “which is becoming a problem in Charlottetown under our current bylaws.’’

He said it also enables smaller footprints leaving as much green space as possible.

“We’re fully committed.

I am at least. The

city needs to come to the

table to provide high-quality public amenities around what we expect to

be high-quality developments.’’

dstewart@theguardian.pe.ca

Twitter.com/DveStewart

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Halifax, Canada United States

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  • snob
    December 11, 2012 - 17:28

    its gotta look good ,regardless of what it costs- you have to keep up to or ahead of your neighbours no matter what -- looks are so terribly important !! ```````````HOW MATERIALISTIC AND YUPPY-ish !!!!just a wannabee-copy,copy,copy-- ~~~~~~~~~~ compare the ch'town streetscape to Kitchener- Waterloo Ont (yes copied ) ---a pea-sized population with too many WANNABEE POLITICIANS trying to impress someone -ANYONE ````````politicians at every level on this little island are too numerous --time for a great big YARD SALE and sell them offf at a loonie or less each !!!

  • voter
    December 11, 2012 - 13:08

    just a wannabee---ch'town is hardly the size of a small village and is acting like an egotistical ,spoiled brat living off someone else's money !! some of the councillors are very spoiled and think thet should have it all without earning it !!!!

  • alfredd
    December 11, 2012 - 07:50

    Oh great, we will look like Halifax, ---- how about being ourselves and looking like Charlottetown, --- how about being unique and different???? 700 unites, sure will dwarf anything else, who is going to profit from them? Certainly not your average taxpayers, who probably will be asked to foot the bill for loans etc.like they are doing on the vacant one down there now. Mr. Lanz is trying to lay the groundwork for a jump to provincial politics and wants 'developers' to see how progressive he is, ----- I have no faith that the public will be considerede first in these type of plans, --- we will have to be vigilant or they will screw us again.

  • Islander
    December 10, 2012 - 17:55

    There's no green space at all on the Halifax waterfront - you cannot see the water unless you are literally in front of all the buildings. Something to keep in mind.

  • intobed
    December 10, 2012 - 14:23

    The plan includes 700 new apartment units. If you go to 33 Kensington Road and check that building, it has 20 small apartments per floor, and four floors, the bottom floor in half way in the ground. Almost nine building this size on the water front. Underground parking in Charlottetown actually means enclosed parking and doesn't have to be underground. So add another story for parking (no developer will put actual "under ground" parking on a waterfront). Then another walk up floor for the shops and cafes. Starting to get the picture? There goes the waterfront.

  • whaaa
    December 10, 2012 - 13:03

    cookie cutter cities can be a yawn fest. Originality appears to becoming extinct. If you drive across Canada it can be confusing as to where you are as many places look the same. It tends to get tiresome.

  • Edith
    December 10, 2012 - 12:59

    I say Leave the Charlottetown Waterfront alone, we have enough down their now with Condo's, plenty of shops, Restaurants and best of all a beautiful view of the HARBOUR with it's sailboats. I have not seen this when I was in Halifax. Why destroy a Good thing. What's not broken don't fix it.

  • don
    December 10, 2012 - 12:47

    the more you build on the water front the more a major storm like SANDY has to take down.look at new jercy,New York.

  • jane
    December 10, 2012 - 12:34

    YES......HALIFAX HAS A VERY NICE WATERFRONT....WOULD BE A GREAT IDEA FOR CHARLOTTETOWN!!!!

    • mark
      December 10, 2012 - 16:06

      Halifax's waterfront also isn't as vulnerable to storm surges as ours is.