Some Charlottetown city councillors want to review the process of how developers apply for rezoning of properties after council rejected three applications at its meeting Monday night.
Council rejected plans for an apartment on Eden Street and a seniors' home next to Grace Christian Church. The rejection of a high-density subdivision in West Royalty was a formality; the developer withdrew the proposal after a raucous public meeting.
'When he talks to the residents … he'll get a good idea of whether he's going to be successful or not."' — Coun. Terry Bernard
All three proposals faced significant opposition at public meetings. That had Coun. Rob Lantz, chair of the planning committee, thinking the process could be improved with a requirement for some public consultation before the applications for rezoning or variances are submitted.
"So we might say, look, this is an extremely significant development and we think it's got a pretty big impact on the surrounding community," said Lantz.
"We think you should head out, hold your own workshops with the community, consult with them, engage them and find out what their expectations are, what they will tolerate."
Lantz says this is the perfect time to rejig the rezoning application process while Charlottetown is updating its official plan.
Coun. Terry Bernard said it would save time for both the developers and the residents.
"At some point if we could come up with a strategy or a bylaw or something within the planning act that would require the developer to get whatever percentage that is — whether it's 10 per cent, 20 per cent, whatever that number is — to get some sort of a buy-in before it comes to city hall," said Bernard.
"When he talks to the residents where he wants the zoning change, he'll get a good idea of whether he's going to be successful or not."
Lantz said the planning committee will discuss this idea at its next meeting.