PEI

City can't force propane depot relocation, says mayor

Irving can't be forced to move its propane facility from its Allen Street location, says Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee.

Allen Street facility complies with Charlottetown zoning bylaws

Irving's Allen Street propane depot should be moved away from residential areas, Coun. Mitch Tweel says. (CBC)

Irving can't be forced to move its propane facility from its Allen Street location, says Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee.

This follows comments from Coun. Mitch Tweel that a propane leak Sunday should serve as wake-up call that the facility should be moved away from residential areas.

The company said it is staying put.

Lee said the facility has been there for decades and the city can't make it relocate.

"The operation is in existence and complies with all the city's zoning development bylaws. The province of P.E.I. regulates how propane facilities operate and their guidelines and safety procedures and that type of thing," said Lee.

"So to suggest that the city is going to all of a sudden force them to move from that location is not reasonable, it's not practical.  As good as it may sound, it is just not something that the city has the legal authority to do."

Tweel suggested tax incentives could be used to convince the business to relocate.

Any suggestions like that should be brought before council and not debated in the media, said Lee.

The mayor also questions whether there even is a location within the city that wouldn't cause similar concerns.