IRAC quashes Hampton development plans

Jim Day
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Blue Spruces Cottages in Hampton

A successful appeal to IRAC by a cottage owner has quashed plans for commercial development in Hampton.

The Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission has allowed Gary McLure's appeal that quashes plans to renovate and relocate existing rental cottages and locate nine additional cottages in Hampton.

McLure argued there was no authority under the Planning Act or the regulations to append a lot.

He submitted that section 30 of the regulations would not apply to allow the subdivision to be rescinded as the developer is not the original owner.

McLure also submitted that there is nothing in the minister of Finance, Energy and Municipal Affairs' file to establish that an entranceway permit was issued by the minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.

The appellant argued as well that the development permit would create a detrimental impact with respect to safety at the highway access point and with respect to surrounding land uses.

McLure also submitted that parking and drainage matters were not considered, and the minister's decisions reflect approval of a premature development with a lack of sound land use planning.

David Wu of Hampton Beach Resort Developments had told The Guardian in October big plans were in the works. He was eyeing development of almost 80 cottage units as well as looking at building a driving range and a nine-hole golf course.

Wu could not be reached Friday but McLure's successful appeal would appear to put an end to those development plans.


Organizations: Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission, Hampton Beach Resort Developments

Geographic location: Hampton

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  • Roberta Smith
    March 24, 2014 - 16:52

    Hurrah. We vacation in one of Mr. McClures cottage every year and we were deciding to come again or no if the development went ahead. The "trailers" that were there in 2013 were unsightly and blocked view of other cottages. Thank you for not allowing the development. Roberta & Leslie Smith Fredericton, NB

  • Anna
    March 23, 2014 - 14:12

    I agree with Darren. Those 9 ugly cottages do nothing for our beautiful island waterfront. Just because they add more rentals does not mean people are going to rent them. I know the renters that already exsist in Hampton have a hard enough time filling their vacancies as it is. Just because there is development does not always mean prosperity. I know I wouldn't want that eyesore next to my cottage.

  • Bob MacDonald
    March 22, 2014 - 12:10

    Sick and tired of IRAC making stupid decisions. So hard to do anything on PEI.

    • huh
      March 22, 2014 - 14:41

      Why's it stupid? They applied the Planning Act. Should there be anything at fault, its the law. And that's created by the government.

    • Darren
      March 23, 2014 - 06:28

      You may not notice in the picture but there are 9 mini homes crammed onto a single one acre lot. I'm not sure what laws they have in China, but while on PEI Mr Wu should have to play by the same rules as everyone else.

  • md
    March 22, 2014 - 09:48

    Another short sighted Islander keeping progress from happening. More people and things to do here is good for the economy and job creation. Too bad

    • Don
      March 22, 2014 - 11:29

      A wise decision by IRAC as the Development Plan was unclear and did not accommodate public consultation and environmental concerns.