A series of last-minute development amendments for a 40-acre parcel of city land in Transcona are still up in the air after a Tuesday committee meeting.
The public service told members of the property and development committee Tuesday that the amendments, proposed by Transcona councillor Russ Wyatt, would have removed several development obligations on whoever bought the land from the city, saving the buyer $8 million to $9 million. There was no recommendation as to whether the amendments should be approved.
The parcel is located at the former east public works yard at the northwest corner of Plessis Road and Ravelston Avenue West.
Coun. Jeff Browaty, who chairs the committee, said if the amendments are approved, the cost of providing the services would be carried by the city.
The city still owns the land, Browaty said, adding the value of the land could theoretically rise if the amendments are eventually approved. Once the land is sold, he said, those amendments could possibly offset the additional costs to the city.
Browaty (North Kildonan) said the Wyatt amendments were made at the last minute during a recent community committee meeting, adding he wasn’t aware of the cost implications of the changes and Wyatt never explained why he proposed them.
Browaty said procedural rules prevented Wyatt from explaining his reasons for the amendments at the property and development committee, adding he expects the Transcona councillor will provide explanations either at an executive policy committee meeting or at council.