Monday, 10 May: Regular Meeting of Council
Video recording available on the City’s YouTube channel.
Resolution: 199 Grafton Street
51:27 Introduction of the 199 Grafton St. resolution involving seven — many major — variances and exemptions.
55:46 Reading of variances and exemptions completed. Comment “Do you need some water after that?” (speaker unknown), followed by general LAUGHTER
55:51 “Could you repeat that [list]?” (speaker unknown). Followed by MORE LAUGHTER
55:58 “Councillor Duffy do you want to speak to this?” (speaker unknown)
“What more can be said??” (speaker unknown). Followed by EVEN MORE LAUGHTER.
Resolution passed, with no discussion. It took more time to read the lengthy list of variances and exemptions …
Neither the scale of this proposal nor the consequences of the requested variances are in any way laughing matters. The behaviour demonstrated by this council shows a complete disrespect for their elected office and the residents who put them there.
Local media reports
CBC headline: “84-unit Grafton Street apartment passes first reading” followed by “Council voted 9-0 to proceed with the APM project”.
Two persons were interviewed for this article: APM president Tim Banks; and Planning Board Chair Mike Duffy.
Only a passing reference was made to the public meeting held in April, “where some residents expressed concerns over the height of the building as well as how it would fit in the historic area.”
As for The Guardian, no report was found in either online version (Web page or Saltwire edition).
Citizen Satisfaction Survey
Earlier in the meeting, the results of the Citizen Satisfaction Survey were presented.
[Video 13:07] Planning Services (rezoning) had the worst performance rating (51%). Reasons provided in the survey from dissatisfied respondents:
- “The city works far too closely with developers to approve inappropriate development. I think the city needs a better development strategy that is holistic, rather than ad hoc.”
- “It depends on who you are and what you want to do. There’s too much favouritism.”
- “Inability or unwillingness to enforce their bylaws. They’re not holding people accountable to follow the bylaws”
- “More community involvement would be preferred.”
- 30 April: Historic 500 Lot Area building standards and guidelines
- 29 April: Update: 199 Grafton – Public meeting (April 27, 2021)
- 26 April: Public Meeting 27 April: New building at 199 Grafton Street
- 21 March: Will the 15 Haviland flawed approval process be repeated at 199 Grafton?
With contributions from Andrea Battison.