Cornwall, PEI Council debates changing business land to residential

Cornwall, PEI – Cornwall, PEI residents could have an opportunity this fall to debate an area zoning subject that entails a brother of the town’s mayor.

August 17. On the common assembly of the town, Rely. Shane McGuigan launched a movement calling for a public assembly about land use on the Cornwall Highway property owned by Peter McDonald.

McGuigan’s proposal said that the proposed rezoning would contain changing a business property right into a residential one and the town council’s committee advisable making the difficulty public.

“Town acquired an utility on July 4, 2022 to reorganize PID 777557 Enterprise Park (M2) for Rural Residential (RR) to permit building of a single household dwelling “

After the planning committee noticed the proposal however didn’t make a proper suggestion, McDonald’s submitted its proposal to the committee at a council assembly on 10 August.

That committee advisable shifting the difficulty to a public assembly, and after some transient debate, Decision 3–2 was handed.

keep away from battle

Saltwire spoke with Mayor Minerva McCourt on August 19, who stated she had not been concerned within the zoning course of after she declared a battle of curiosity.

PBJ Building Inc. owns rather a lot, and PBJ’s proprietor is the brother of McDonald’s McCourt.

With years of expertise in municipal politics, McCourt has been on this place earlier than and is not too involved about an apparent battle, as she is following customary authorized course of, she stated.

“We have moved on to different issues. It is no totally different from councillors – rise up and declare your wrestle,” she stated. “It is a authorized factor. It is a planning board matter. That is growth, and the planning board and whoever is concerned must abide by its legality.”

Cornwall Mayor Minerva McCourt speaks during a Cornwall Council meeting at the Town Hall on February 17.  McCourt says she stayed away from a zoning issue in the city because of a conflict of interest—her brother owns the property.  - Saltwire Network File Photo
Cornwall Mayor Minerva McCourt speaks throughout a Cornwall Council assembly on the City Corridor on February 17. McCourt says she stayed away from a zoning subject within the metropolis due to a battle of curiosity—her brother owns the property. – Saltwire Community File Picture

They’re of the view that, if any members of the Council suppose they might be in battle, they most likely are. Due to this fact, it’s best to keep away from the method, because the presence of a battle can imply as a lot because the precise battle.

Saltwire known as McDonald’s on August 19 to ask about Lott’s plans, however he declined to remark.


In the course of the council debate on 17 August, Rely. After McGuigan learn the movement, Corey Frizzell stated he wouldn’t help it.

“I feel the most effective use of the property and probably the most beneficial use for the town is as a business property,” he stated.

Nevertheless, McGuigan identified that a lot of the zone was agricultural (A1) for 32 years ending within the spring of 2022, and was vacant all through this time. Whereas re-rearing would imply shedding potential business income, McGuigan stated, a swap for residential with a deliberate construction would carry a minimum of a few of that.

“That lot was mendacity vacant since 1990. It did not get any tax cash. Right here we have now an organization and an individual and a household that desires to place a home on it, so we will get tax {dollars}.”

“Even the ink will not be dry on the official plan, and right here we’re taking business property and considering changing business property into rural residential. To me, it is senseless.” – Rely. Corey Frizzell

In an August 19 interview after the decision handed, Frizel talked extra about tax income and the official plan, which was a number of years in growth and solely finalized within the spring of 2022.

There was neighborhood engagement in the course of the growth of the plan, however Frizzell stated the difficulty of zoning on the Cornwall Highway property didn’t come up – a minimum of, to not his information.

“Even the ink will not be dry on the official plan, and right here we’re taking business property and considering changing business property into rural residential. To me, it is senseless.”

Whereas the planning committee didn’t make an official suggestion towards rezoning, they consulted with the town’s legal professional, whose authorized recommendation was rezoning would price the town business income, Frizzell stated.

Frizzell stated Cornwall is the quickest rising neighborhood in PEI with a inhabitants of over 5,000, a metropolis clearly affected by the island’s housing disaster.

However, as a result of the proposed residence might be a one-family residence solely, they don’t suppose it is going to have an actual influence on the housing inventory. He prompt that Cornwall might produce other land that may very well be developed residentially.

“There are new developments which can be arising and going right here in Cornwall very quickly,” Frizzell stated.

In an e-mail dated 18 August, Cornwall’s CAO Kevin Cody stated the general public assembly is more likely to happen on the finish of September, together with just a few different objects.

Logan McLean is a reporter with the Saltwire community in Prince Edward Island. he will be reached by e-mail [email protected] and observe on twitter @loganmaclean94,

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