On April 18, a concerned resident wrote:
I found a notice taped to the side my community mailbox on Prince Street about this Public Meeting yesterday.
It took a lot of effort to find this notice on the City’s website – not in News and Events and barely visible at the bottom of the small square for April 27 on the meeting calendar due to other postings for that date.
This is a big building and has potential to set trends downtown yet again. Going for many height and setback variances. When you read the Planning Board meeting, the only rationale I could see (so far) that he [developer] is giving for the extra bonus height is … ‘housing’ (on top of a parkade which was the main selling point in his news release).
If you want to read exactly what is written on the lime green notice, it is now available under Upcoming Events on the City’s home page.
To quote/paraphrase Dave Meslin: “The City of Charlottetown clearly doesn’t want you involved with the planning process, otherwise their ads would look something like this [below], with all the information laid out clearly. As long as the city’s putting out notices like [above] to try to get people engaged, then of course people aren’t going to be engaged. But that’s not apathy; that’s intentional exclusion.”
Following Meslin’s example, homeowners created their own sign in an attempt to inform neighbouring residents, many of whom are tenants.
If a homeowner can provide such a clear, comprehensible, and inviting public meeting notice, why can’t the Planning Department?
The full meeting package (49 pages) contains APMʼs Site Specific Exemption application with drawings and images, the letter sent to property owners located within 100 metres of the subject property, and copies of the public notices (posters and newspaper ad). A separate folder contains letters received until today, with likely more added after the public meeting.
If you decide to see and hear what the plans are for 199 Grafton, tune in on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be streamed live at www.charlottetown.ca/video