Waterfront condo project gets green light from council

Dave Stewart
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Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee looks over some paperwork during the monthly meeting of council Monday night.

Newfoundland developer Paul Madden finally got the green light Monday night for a second condominium development on Charlottetown's waterfront.

In an 8-2 vote, city council approved the application by Atlantis Health Spa Ltd. although it didn't have any choice in the matter.

That's because the province's highest court dismissed an appeal filed by the City of Charlottetown of an IRAC ruling quashing council's decision to reject the application.

In a 50-page ruling released in August, the P.E.I. Court of Appeal said there was no reviewable error in the commission's decision. Therefore, the court dismissed the appeal.

Madden had asked council to amend the city's comprehensive development area zoning and development bylaw to allow a mixed-use development on the property he owned adjacent to Founders' Hall. Madden proposed to develop the property to accommodate a mix of commercial, office and residential units on its vacant lot on the city's waterfront. That property is located between his Atlantis' condominium development at 4 Prince Street and Founders' Hall.

Coun. Rob Lantz, chairman of the planning committee, said it doesn't mean the new building will be a reality.

"Not necessarily,'' Lantz said. "Madden has not really given any indication that he's proceeding with the proposal that we approved here this evening.''

The Guardian did reach Madden Monday night after council's regular public monthly meeting, but the developer politely declined to comment on his intentions at this time, saying only that council had no choice.

Council will also allow Madden to proceed, should he choose to build, under the old zoning and development bylaw rather than the current waterfront plan that was arrived at after intensive consultations with the public and the Ekistics planning firm in Dartmouth. Madden will be allowed to proceed under the rules which existed at the time he made his application.

"He could if he wants but he could also proceed under our new waterfront zone which has, maybe, more stringent development standards but also allows for much more vertical density and various things that are probably attractive to him as a developer. I have heard that he may eventually proceed under the new bylaw,'' Lantz said.

The new waterfront plan focuses more on what the actual buildings look like and will try to put more attention on ensuring that new additions or new buildings complement what is in the downtown area as opposed to take away from it.

Couns. David MacDonald and Mitchell Tweel voted against the resolution. Tweel explained that "we went through an exhaustive process'' in the leadup to approving a new waterfront plan and "made a commitment to the residents of the city'' and that it isn't fair to make an exception in this case.

Mayor Clifford Lee disagreed, saying that it only makes sense to apply the rules that existed at the time to this project.



Organizations: Atlantis Health Spa, P.E.I. Court, Twitter.com/DveStewart

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Newfoundland, 4 Prince Street Dartmouth

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  • Dazed and Confused
    December 10, 2013 - 11:44

    Not sure what formula you'd use to plug in the data and find out the relative benefits for the taxpayers' dollar. For example, how to compare Flounder's Hall and Madden's condo? Flounder's is a big black hole for tax dollars, and the other is a . . . what the heck is that, anyway?

  • Enough
    December 10, 2013 - 10:47

    Have all the units in the first building been sold? Please have an approved design for any additional building. The first one is not pretty. This is very sad to see more waterfront being developed, to say nothing about the water shortage. Bad enough to give the water to the cruise ships.

    • don
      December 10, 2013 - 14:37

      well just wait till we get a hurricane like sandy. then lets see how the water front homes etc will look like. and if you think it will not happen then you are very naive i'm sure the people of NJ and NY. thought the same thing. have you all forgot hurricane juan?

  • Well Done
    December 10, 2013 - 08:32

    Well done Mr. Madden , I'm glad to see you fought and won this . You bought & paid for this property & therefore should have the say in what you do with it , not a bunch of people that is trying to take your rights away .

  • big money speaks
    December 10, 2013 - 07:49

    Just proves that rich developers who can pay for the legal help can run roughshod over the will of the people. That land used to be CROWN land. It was owned by the people of this province (under the railway) and later the people of Canada (under the port). How did this come from away get to buy it and then throw his ugly developments on it and keep us, the people from going on that land and getting to the waterfront? Answers are needed.

  • Changing places
    December 10, 2013 - 00:23

    I think this Lantz only focus is to get permits for condos . Maybe he should be reduced salary at min wage experience a boarding house for a month and have to eat at soup kitchen and see how people can only afford that here . There enough condos that they can't fill with people now . Gotta live these people that never experienced any discomfort in their life and have a pipe dream if how people actually live just to survive day to day with out freezing or staving .

  • don
    December 09, 2013 - 23:39

    this is a joke right? they whine about water shortage now they allow more buildings and condos at that. but i have said it before and i'll say it again "MONEY" TALKS. but i'll love it when the city has NO water and it will happen no mater how many wells you dig someone will say no to your money and then you are stuck. but tell us how many thousands of gallons did you sell to the ships this year and at what cost? the tax payers has a right o know it is there water.

    • totally agree
      December 10, 2013 - 09:24

      They won't put the answers out for people to know.

  • Another condo
    December 09, 2013 - 22:31

    This cracks me up permit for another condo then on the same page the mayor wants to do inspection of run down housing . Who allies the permits .