Charlottetown condo developer files appeal with IRAC

Dave Stewart
Published on August 6, 2014

Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission

The developer who wants to build condominiums next to the Belvedere Golf Course isn’t giving up just yet.

Hanmac Inc. has filed an appeal with the Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission after Charlottetown city council rejected its proposal last month.

Council voted 5-3 against an amendment that would have rezoned the property at 1 Greensview Dr. from open space to medium density residential.

That left Hanmac with three possible avenues: give up; ask council for a formal reconsideration; or appeal to IRAC.

In regards to a reconsideration, a developer has 21 days from the day that council makes its decision. Council held the vote at its regular public monthly meeting on July 14.

In its notice of appeal, Hanmac indicates council did not make its decision based on sound planning principles.

“Council did not properly take into consideration the rights of the developers, the potential increase in surrounding property value and the objectives of the City of Charlottetown official plan to advance economic development,’’ the developer states.

“Council also failed to provide adequate reasons for rejecting expert testimony relating to traffic density and the advice of the planning board.’’

Planning board, one of many resident/councillor boards that issues recommendation to council, gave the project the green light.

Charlottetown Police Services did a traffic study on the proposed development and concluded that it would not have a significant impact on traffic flow on Kensington Road.

Hanmac wants to put three, six-unit condos on a section of land between the golf course and the Co-op grocery store on Walker Drive. Hanmac consists of Thane Hanson and Cecil Maclaughlin.

Prior to the July 14 council vote, the project was put on hold as the developers attempted to address the concerns of area residents.

An engineer was 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.

Coun. Danny Redmond, who represents the area, said he didn’t think the project blended with the neighbourhood, calling it spot zoning.