Developer demolishes homes in Charlottetown before council approves

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Developer knocks down homes on Harley Street before area rezoned for planned increase in housing density

A Charlottetown developer had five homes demolished on Harley Street without city council's approval.

At its public meeting on Monday night, council voted in favour of going to a public meeting over the developer's proposal to rezone the properties from low density residential to medium density residential.

The properties in question are 10, 12, 14 and 16 Harley St.

The end goal here is to put up another apartment building.

The problem is, proper procedure is to ask council for the green light to demolish homes first.

"In this case, the developer forged ahead without council approval and did demolish some homes with the intent of putting a fairly large complex on that property,'' said Coun. Greg Rivard, chairman of the city's planning committee.

A property owner can knock down one home to put up something similar, but anytime someone wants to knock multiple homes down to put up something bigger, that has to go through council first.

Alex Forbes, manager of planning for the city, said it was premature on the developer's part considering that he is assuming council will green-light the development.

Rivard added that not only is the developer assuming his project will get the go-ahead but is taking down assets by demolishing the homes.

The project, if it goes ahead, it is expected to be similar to the apartment buildings that replaced the Idlewheels Trailer Park a few years ago.


Geographic location: Charlottetown, Idlewheels Trailer Park

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  • smallmindedppl
    January 17, 2016 - 15:08

    Instead of bashing what he did, people should be thanking him for cleaning up Charlottetown. One important fact...get your facts straight before you go bashing the developer. Thank you.

  • Joe
    January 13, 2016 - 15:47

    I am not sure why they want to have a meeting? City Council rejected his proposal to build the first monster plexs. He just got IRAC to over rule it. I am sure it will be the same again.

  • Jeff
    January 13, 2016 - 13:40

    Umm kind of a mixup in this article, 16 hasn't been torn down, unless I am living in a ghost house. 10 12 and 14 are gone though.

  • Bill Kays
    Bill Kays
    January 13, 2016 - 13:23

    I don't blame the owner. He followed the demo permit regulations, right? We live in an over regulated, over legislated, over governed, country, province, and city. Too much bureaucracy, too many rules to follow, too many regulations to keep, too many safety concerns, TOO MUCH, TOO MANY EVERYTHING. Does anybody get it yet? The system is the failure, not the people in it. Changing the people in the system does not change the system, therefore voting is a whimsical notion of self determination. People, take back your power.

  • Nothing Wrong
    January 13, 2016 - 08:58

    As noted already, the developer had all the proper paperwork to complete the demolition. While the development may not be approved, it is wrong of the Guardian and the City to insinuate that the developer somehow did something wrong.

  • Indigo
    January 13, 2016 - 08:33

    @failedtomention How can all the demolition permits be in place if City Council approval is required? @JoeDoe That may be all good and well, but we have laws, rules and regulations to guide our society so we all live in an orderly fashion and all know where we stand. However, this being PEI and Charlottetown I am sure we will not see any punishment or repercussions for this infraction being metered out to the perpetrator. This will of course encourage anybody who do not want to adhere to our laws, to just go right ahead and break them when ever it is convenient. - This laxness is what keeps certain politicians re-elected over and over again.

    • Jj
      January 13, 2016 - 09:38

      The city should try and help the developers who tear down some of the dives in charlottetown not make things so tough to have progress. All that was lost was a trailer park and a couple duplexes that were fire traps

  • He went to the real boss
    January 13, 2016 - 06:54

    He went to IRAC and got the nod.

  • IRAC only
    January 12, 2016 - 22:54

    The province has taken all governance away from council anyway, so why not demolish the buildings before getting approval. IRAC overturning council decisions allows for a wild, wild west mentality. Developers can do whatever they want.

  • Failedtomention
    January 12, 2016 - 21:37

    What the article failed to mention is that the developer had all the proper demolition permits in place before the houses were tore down.

  • Adolphus
    January 12, 2016 - 19:40

    The Island Way!

  • Joe Doe
    January 12, 2016 - 19:10