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Mayor Clifford Lee prresides over Charlottetown city council in this Guardian file photo.
A proposed condominium project next to the Belvedere Golf Course in Charlottetown finds itself in the rough.
City council has voted 5-3 against an amendment that would have rezoned the property at 1 Greensview Drive from open space to medium density residential.
That scuttles the condo project.
Hanmac Inc. wanted to put three six-unit condominium buildings on a section of land between the golf course and the Co-op grocery store on Walker Drive. The developers who run Hanmac are Thane Hanson and Cecil Maclaughlin.
The project was recently put on hold because the developers felt there was opposition among area residents. A public meeting was held in late April with concerns ranging from the impact on traffic on Kensington Road to potential water runoff and snow removal.
Coun. Rob Lantz, chairman of planning, said Hanmac also hired an executive from an experienced local development company to help review the application and make suggestions to help get approval.
An engineer was also hired to survey the property and draft a drainage plan. It showed all the flow going into existing or planned catch basins or onto the golf course. That plan was sent to councillors.
Lantz said they also confirmed the police opinion that traffic from the development would not be a significant factor.
“Apparently none of this was enough to convince council,’’ Lantz said.
Coun. Danny Redmond, who represents the area, didn’t think the project blended with the neighbourhood, calling it ‘spot zoning’ and indicated prior to the vote that he wouldn’t be supporting it.
Coun. Mitchell Tweel, who also voted against it, cited concerns from some of the residents in the area in explaining why he wasn’t supporting it.
Tweel also asked Lantz whether such a project would increase or decrease property values around the project. Lantz responded that he was in no position to answer that question.
Council received about a dozen emails from those who supported the project, mostly from members of the golf course. Of course, the sale of that land would have been revenue for the club.