City explains Haldi Road confusion
A letter from the mayor’s office was sent on Dec. 14 to Haldi Road residents and proponents for the women’s recovery centre being built in the neighbourhood to clarify why the fourth reading of the rezoning bylaw appeared on the agenda of the Dec. 12 council meeting at what seemed like the last minute.
Originally the item was on the agenda by Thursday, but was removed later that same day.
After meeting the requirements necessary to have the fourth reading approved, the developer, wanting to move ahead with the project, went through the appropriate steps to get the matter on the agenda. However, some necessary documents had not come through the land title office yet, and still were not available by 4 p.m. Thursday.
The city was asked to leave the item on the agenda anyway, however decided to have it removed and informed the developer it could be added as a walk-in item to Monday’s agenda if the paperwork was in place by then.
The registration came through Friday.
Monday morning city staff confirmed it would be added to the evening’s agenda.
Councillors were sent an e-mail Monday morning letting them know the agenda was amended in order to add the fourth reading of the rezoning bylaw.
At the meeting, council adopted the agenda as amended and later approved the final reading of the bylaw
According to the Local Government Act, no public notice is needed for the final reading of a rezoning bylaw.
Over the last year, council has had 15 amended agendas put before them. Two of those were amended to include the final reading of a rezoning bylaw.
The letter added this application was treated no differently from previous ones.