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Stop the Kingston Cliffs Subdivision!

The Kingston Cliffs development is not welcomed by local residents. This website documents our community's concerns regarding the environmental, social, and infrastructure issues associated with the development.  As you explore the Friends of the Kingston Peninsula website, portions of the above image will change to show photographs of the results of work done at the proposed site to date by the developer.  Join us in showing Milestone Construction (previously Meridian Construction & Development Inc.) and Evergreen Homesites just how much objection we have to this development in our community.

View our photos of the professed environmentally friendly Kingston Cliffs subdivision.  View the presentation from our January 23rd, 2011 public meeting. 

Information about water quantity and quality at the proposed Kingston Cliffs Subdivision

In a review of Fundy Engineering's Comprehensive Water Supply Assessment (CWSA) dated August 9, 2010, the Department of Environment's hydrogeologist states the following:  The results of test wells drilled on the proposed Kingston Cliffs property exceeded Canadian Drinking Water Quality Guidelines for turbidity, lead, iron, PH, barium and manganese.... Lead and barium are assigned maximum level concentrations, and when these are exceeded, they pose a health risk.  Here is the link to the full text of the e-mail sent by the hydrogeologist.

In addition, the Kingston Cliffs subdivision is very close to a major fault, is a highly transmissive zone as well as a groundwater recharge area.  According to Royal District Planning Commission's Water Supply Assessment Guidelines, subdivisions are not permitted to encroach on hydrogeologically sensitive areas such as groundwater recharge areas. This is to minimize the possibility of groundwater quality and quantity degradation.  View additional information about the hydrogeology of the site and its impact on water quality and quantity.

Information about wait times at the Gondola Point ferry

The closest ferry crossing to the proposed Kingston Cliffs subdivision is the Gondola Point crossing.  It is not uncommon to wait for 20 minutes and sometimes more for a ferry during peak travel times in the morning on the Kingston Peninsula side, and after work on the Gondola Point side.  When one of the two ferries goes down (which does happen more often than people would like), wait times for the ferry can exceed an hour. Once you have crossed the ferry (a five minute crossing), it is at best an additional 15-20 minute drive to Saint John's city centre, assuming you drive above the speed limit most of the way, and there isn't any traffic backed up on the arterial highway, the McKay highway or the exits leading into the city centre.  During peak travel times in the morning, the drive from the ferry to the city centre can surpass 30 minutes when there is a lot of traffic on the arterial highway and the McKay highway.  Add this to the five minute drive to the ferry from Kingston Cliffs, the wait for the ferry, and the five minute crossing, and your commute time to the city centre can surpass 40 to 50 minutes each way. 

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