Tuesday, May 2, 2006
Residentsâ€™ Group Accuses Stratford of Hidden Agenda on
Stratford residentsâ€™ group is accusing the town of a
hidden agenda when it comes to rezoning a 6.5-acre
parcel of land for a retail development.
residentsâ€™ group, calling itself the Stratford Core Area
Ratepayers Committee, presented its case before the
Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission on Monday in
is the townâ€™s approval to rezone the parcel of land next
to Callbeckâ€™s Home Hardware from planned unit
residential development (PURD) to highway commercial
been opted out of this whole process,” said Bob Sherren,
a member of the residentsâ€™ group.
appear to be ignorant of some of these issues itâ€™s
because weâ€™ve been kept in the dark. This has been an
egregious abuse of power by the town.”
asked the commission to protect the residents.
Group applied for the rezoning so it could develop the
land for retail space, widely believed to be an Atlantic
Superstore. APM was not present at Mondayâ€™s hearing.
said neither the town nor the developer volunteered
specifics about plans neither for the land nor about the
rezoning process and it wasnâ€™t until they filed an
appeal that residents finally got some answers.
said APM has been unresponsive to the concerns from the
some of the issues, which concern residents in the
immediate area of the rezoned properties, are deflated
property values, the impact of an increase in traffic
and the lack of any market analysis to gauge whether
Stratford needs another large grocery store.
questions have never been answered by the planning board
or council,” Sherren said.
also concerns surrounding proposed intersection
improvements along the Trans-Canada Highway in
Stratford. A four-way lighted intersection is planned
for Dale Drive and the Trans-Canada Highway, just east
of Home Hardware. The Mason Road would become a right
in and right-out only as would the Stratford Road.
said residents have lost trust in council and it has led
to a “mutual dislike” between residents on the committee
accused the town of catering to APM merely to widen its
tax base with another development, at the expensive of
residents. He said residents even had to find out about
the rezoning and planned APM development from a third
Charlottetown lawyer John Mitchell represented the town
at Mondayâ€™s hearing. He denied any wrongdoing.
hearing resumes this morning at 9:30.