No legal reason to ban sex shop, says Charlottetown planning board

Nigel Armstrong
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Board met Monday with conclusion it must recommend approving sex shop blocks from two schools

Charlottetown's planning board can find no legal reason to ban a sex shop blocks from two nearby schools in the city, but will control what children see in the shop windows.

The board met Monday and will recommend that council accept a development agreement application from Taboo Compay: Adult Store/Smoke shop. It is located on the corner of Euston and Upper Hillsborough streets with a school crossing complete with crossing guard right at its front door.

Close by is Birchwood junior high school and Prince Street elementary school. The shop sells sex toys, lingerie and paraphernalia such as pipes, hookahs and scales.

Homeowners and residents of the area are upset the business has been allowed to open in their neighbourhood, and are registering their complaints with city hall.

Resident Anne MacNiven says her main concern is for the children who live in the area.

The building that houses Taboo was one of many corner stores throughout the city grandfathered into the city’s zoning bylaws to allow them to continue to operate as commercial businesses, despite the fact they are located in residential areas.

Each time one of these locations gets a new tenant, a new development agreement is required.

The planning board consists of city councillors and appointed members of the public. Recommendations of the board are not binding on council, which has the final say by vote at monthly council meetings. General practice, however, most often sees council voting in support of the board's recommendations.

"Planning board reviewed the application for the adult novelty and smokeshop," said an email to The Guardian Monday from Councillor Rob Lantz, chair of the city's planning and heritage committee. "The board recommended approval.

"The general discussion was that there are no grounds to deny the application in our bylaw," said Lantz.

"The recommendation to approve included a condition that the development agreement stipulate what is acceptable to be displayed in the window," he said.

"Council will make the final decision next Monday night," said Lantz.

Organizations: Charlottetown planning board, Adult Store, Birchwood junior high school

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Euston, Prince Street

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Recent comments

  • Anne of Babylon
    July 08, 2014 - 13:20

    And let's not stop here! Grocery stores should not be permitted to openly display bananas because of certain connotations. Private viewing areas subject to photo id for viewing must be made mandatory.

  • Cromwell
    July 08, 2014 - 11:28

    I find it sadly ironic that the main complainant, Anne MacNiven, who claims to be 'a resident' doesn't, in fact, live in the neighbourhood at all. Perhaps she is after her '15 minutes of fame'.

  • Stan Hope
    July 08, 2014 - 09:05

    Again the vocal minority, the squeaky wheel's are front page news .This time a so called "sex shop".It's a case of someone trying to breath life into a tired neighborhood but no, let's continue to enjoy that empty eyesore of a building. You'd think we're talking the red light district in Holland. It's the same scenario we've seen sooo many times,the "not in my backyard " syndrome. Music in Victoria Park ,crows in Victoria Park, music on the Charlottetown Waterfront, french fries on the Charlottetown Waterfront , the new event grounds (no I'd rather the old rotting toxic oil tanks thank you) , the TCH, energy saving windmills , lobster prices , lobster catches , the Confederation Bridge, tear down a building , build a building ... on & on & on.It wouldn't be P.E.I. unless someone was complaining about something .

    • Scott
      July 08, 2014 - 11:58

      I like you, we should be friends.

    • Realistic
      July 08, 2014 - 15:26

      Haha! Well said.

  • J
    July 08, 2014 - 08:30

    Anyplace else not news but this is PEI

    • K
      July 08, 2014 - 14:27

      Any place else no one would bother to comment but this is PEI...

  • sure
    July 08, 2014 - 08:27

    Sure there be no reason to ban a sex shop considering all the sexual assaults and diviant behaviors that have went though the courts according to the paper . I dont think there needs to be visual displays at all esp around a school district.they should just put up black curtains and say sex shop and customers that want to go there can go in to see what items there are .

    • TheWolfOfQueenStreet
      July 08, 2014 - 10:37

      Ladies and gentlemen, the solution to sexual assault and deviant behavior: black curtains in sex shops. Now let's figure out how we connect those two again.

  • don
    July 08, 2014 - 07:58

    Anne i am sure that the kids today knows more about sex and sex toys then you will ever know. it is called the "internet" check it out it may help you.

  • Island WASP
    July 08, 2014 - 07:19

    But think of the children!

  • Dick
    July 08, 2014 - 07:06

    Pretty you soon you will need a permit to use a vibrator.

  • Vivian G
    July 08, 2014 - 07:06

    Residents have an issue with a sex shop in the neighbourhood but seem to have no problem with the drug dealers living in the neighbourhood. Apparently a healthy sex life is more dangerous then a drug addiction.

  • Stacey
    July 08, 2014 - 07:03

    If the owners have any morals they will make sure the window displays are not indecent.

    July 08, 2014 - 06:32

    AGAIN?? This is NOT news...