The temporary access road at the Kingston Cliffs Subdivision, March 2010. Note no barriers had been put in place to prevent silt run-off from the steep slope. Environmentally friendly development? Sure doesn't appear to be the case.
View additional photos of the professed environmentally friendly Kingston Cliffs subdivision.
News and Events - Friends of the Kingston Peninsula
March 15, 2011
We are informed by a reporter at the Telegraph Journal that the nineteen Kingston Peninsula residents who had filed an appeal of Royal District Planning Commission's decision to approve public streets and private accesses and accept the results of a comprehensive water supply assessment for the Kingston Cliffs subdivision had lost the appeal. It's interesting that the media was informed about the decision before the people who had actually made the appeal were notified. Read the appeal decision here.
Second day of Appeal Hearing to be held at Saint John City Hall starting at 9:00 am on March 8th, 2011 . The hearing will be held in Suite 1400 on the 14th floor of City Hall at 15 Market Square.
February 1st, 2011
First day of Appeal Hearing held at Saint John City Hall starting at 9:00 am on February 1st, 2011. The second day was postponed due to a forecasted snowstorm on February 2nd.
January 23rd, 2011
Community Meeting was held to update Kingston Peninsula residents and concerned citizens regarding the current status of the Kingston Cliffs Subdivision, discuss continued community concerns as well as the appeal of Royal District Planning Commission's decision to approve the creation of forty-eight lots fronting on Route 845, and proposed new public streets named Starboard Way, Port Way, Mainsail Way, Longboat Way, and Navigate Way, along with proposed private access Clifton Rocks for the Kingston Cliffs Subdivision. The sign campaign opposing the development was unveiled at the meeting. Our first 4x8 sign is located on Route 845 just across from the site of the proposed development.
December 6, 2010
Several members of the Friends of the Kingston Peninsula met with the Minister of Environment, Margaret Ann Blaney to make her aware of the community's concerns. Our MLA, Bev Harrison, also attended the meeting. We asked specifically why an environmental impact assessment hadn't been done given that the property being developed has a 2+ hectare wetland on it and the Department's regulations require one to be done when this is the case. She stated that she would look into it and get back to us. As of January 12th, 2011 we have had no response.
We also followed up with her regarding the delay with our rural plan. We wanted to know why it had been held up in the Minister of Environment's office for over a year. We also informed her that if the rural plan been approved when it was submitted to the Minister (after much public consultation and input), the Kingston Cliffs development would never have been permitted to move forward because the land on which it is situated is identified as environmentally sensitive in the plan. We asked that she move the rural plan forward as quickly as possible.
November 16, 2010
Many Kingston Peninsula residents near the proposed Kingston Cliffs subdivision reported hearing a large bang followed by the earth shaking on Sunday, November 14th. Many people believed it to be an earthquake. However, an article in the Telegraph Journal reports that Sylvia Hayek, a seismologist with Natural Resources Canada's earthquake centre, said that despite news reports to the contrary, her charts clearly show a small-scale earthquake occurred Sunday about six kilometres east of Oromocto, or 70 kilometres northwest of Saint John - and not on the peninsula. Ms. Hayek goes on to say that the boom people on the peninsula are talking about feeling at the same time could have been something atmospheric such as a weather phenomenon, or related to a local construction project or heavy equipment.
October 1, 2010
Seventeen Kingston Peninsula residents file appeals with the Assessment and Planning Appeal Board in Fredericton to contest the Royal District Planning Commission decision to approve the location of public and private roads for the Kingston Cliffs Subdivision. CBC news and Radio Canada cover the story. EnviroNB posts a link to the CBC News television story on their blog.
September 22, 2010
Community residents state their intent to file an appeal of the split decision broken by the Chairperson of the Royal District Planning Commission to approve road construction for the Kingston Cliffs Subdivision.
September 21, 2010
The Royal District Planning Commission heard the submission to approve the roads (both public and private) for the Kingston Cliffs Subdivision, although they did not consider the creation of the subdivision itself. The Commission heard presentations from the developer, David Peacock, as well as from members of The Friends of the Kingston Peninsula and MLA Bev Harrison. The Commission Members came to a split decision, with five voting in favour of approving the roads and five voting against it. Many of the Commission Members felt that their hands were tied regarding their vote as the planners of RDPC had recommended approval. The planners also felt their hands were tied because the Departments of Environment, Health and Transportation had all said that the development met their minimal requirements (with stipulations). The chairperson cast the deciding vote in favour of approving the roads.
However, local residents immediately stated they would be appealing the decision and were told they had every right to do so. We thought we had 60 days to appeal, but were informed the following day that we only had 10 days. Apparently the 60 days only applies when it is the developer who is appealing the decision. The Commission was also asked if the developer would be permitted to start working on the roads prior to the appeal being heard. The Commission said it would have to seek a legal opinion before making a decision on this, but that the developer would not be permitted to start work on the roads until after the legal opinion had been received.
Local residents believe they have a very strong case for the appeal. Check back frequently for more news about how things are proceeding. We will be updating you with specifics about the information we heard about the development and the stipulations required by the Department of Environment and the Department of Health.
September 14, 2010 Friends of Kingston Peninsula Start Online Petition
Please visit I-Petitions to sign our on-line petition at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/kingstoncliffs/ Every signature will help as we prepare to appeal the decision of the Royal District Planning Commission to approve the roads.
September 10, 2019
The Royal District Planning Commission (RDPC) will be holding a meeting of their Board of Directors September 21st at 1:00 pm at the All Seasons Inn and Restaurant in Sussex Corner. RDPC will be making a decision as to whether or not to proceed with the Kingston Cliffs subdivision at this meeting. We know it's during work hours and a long way away from our community, but it's important that we get as many people out as possible to voice our concerns. This will be our only chance to voice our opinion as there has not been any forum for us to provide our feedback to Royal District Planning Commission regarding the proposed Kingston Cliffs subdivision to date. Tell as many people as you can. If you need help with transportation contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll arrange a lift for you.
February 1st, 2009
Almost 200 Kingston Peninsula residents attend the community meeting even though it is Superbowl Sunday. Attendees are almost unanimous in their opposition to the Kingston Cliffs subdivision for a broad variety of reasons, including stresses on transportation infrastructure, environmental concerns, increased property taxes, the subdivision is not consistent with the values of the community, etc. Petitions are distributed, and well over 150 signatures are obtained. A strong majority of attendees are also in favour of implementing a formal rural plan to protect the community from poor development in the future.
Residents raising their hands to show their opposition
In the News
January 16th, 2009.
KV Style Article: Sooner or later you have to jump the river This article was the first introduction residents of the Kingston Peninsula had to the 100 lot, 127 acre Kingston Cliffs development being proposed by David Peacock, owner of Milestone Construction and Development Inc. Mr. Peacock states that building the subdivision will likely bring back the debate of whether a bridge should be built connecting the peninsula to the mainland - a development he said can't be avoided. "Several subdivisions of that magnitude will probably trigger (a bridge being built)" he said. "If this is successful, it will trigger more (subdivisions) we'll probably do another one."
January 26th, 2009
Telegraph Journal Article: Kingston's great development divide The developer, David Peacock, continues his media and marketing campaign, stating that most of his plans are drafted, the purchase agreement for the 127 acres of land along Route 845 penned, and he has buyers wanting to reserve space for their new home now. His hope, however is to begin road construction in late spring or early summer, and the first residents could be living there come fall.
January 26th, 2009
Telegraph Journal Article: Residents quick to oppose proposed subdivision When they learned of the proposed Kingston Cliffs development in their community, Facebook groups emerged including Keep Suburbs Out of Kingston, which alone has 375 members. Residents also have a community meeting planned for Sunday... The strong opposition is taking Rothesay developer David Peacock, owner of Milestone Construction and Development Inc., by some surprise. Peacock said he wants to be proactive and plans to make a presentation to the community soon. He even said if he's invited, he will gladly attend the Sunday meeting to present the vision of what his development along Rout 845 would look like. Please note that Mr. Peacock was invited to the meeting, but he did not attend. And as of March 25, 2011, he has yet to meet with the community to present his vision.
January 30th, 2009
KV Style Article: Concerned group wants no subdivision Friends of the Kingston Peninsula announce they will be holding a public meeting February 1st to discuss how to keep the proposed 100 lot subdivision out of their community. The group also notes they have started a Facebook group and that 210 members have already signed up for the group.
April 8th, 2009
Telegraph Journal Article: Kingston project still going ahead. David Peacock is as intent as ever on creating a residential haven on the cliffs of the Kingston Peninsula, but he admits his timeline has taken a bit of a hit. Water and wetlands - those are the two key ingredients yet to be determined. And if the wetlands are larger than two hectares, which Mr. Peacock suspects it is, the Department of Environment will have to approve Peacock's alternate development plan that bypasses them. If he opts to build in the area, which the site plan on his website indicates that he will do, an environment impact assessment would be needed. He hopes sometime in June to be ready to show the new drawings to the public. As of April 4th, 2010, still no drawings. In the article, Mr. Peacock states that the Department of Transportation has approved two exits off the main stretch for the development. However, as late as March 23, 2010, when contacted directly by Kingston Peninsula residents, the Department of Transportation stated no approval had been given. They need to receive a request from the Planning Commission prior to any assessment being undertaken and this has not happened yet.
March 15th, 2010
Country 94.1 News: New Housing Development Awaiting Approval From Province David Peacock tells CHSJ News, at this point, there is a preliminary road lay-out with water tests complete but still awaiting approval from the Province. Peacock adds they are roughly two weeks away from finding out if the proposal will be approved. This is in spite of the fact that no formal application for a subdivision had yet been made to the Royal District Planning Commission.
March 23, 2010
Telegraph Journal Article: Kingston project making progress, developer says Rothesay developer David Peacock revealed his two-week old plans at his booth during the recent Atlantic National Home Show in Saint John. While the Kingston Cliffs project that is raising the ire of many residents along the Kingston Peninsula is not a done deal, Peacock said he is seeing progress daily. He states a provincial environment study has been finalized and he is waiting for a report back from the Department of Environment. He also states that last year the Department of Transportation approved access off the main stretch for the development. However, when contacted by residents of the Kingston Peninsula, the Department of Transportation said that no approvals had been given and the Department of Environment stated they had not received a subdivision plan to review for environmental features for this area from the Royal District Planning Commission to date.
April 1, 2010
Development application submitted to Royal District Planning Commission
August 13, 2010
Friends of Kingston Peninsula become aware that the New Brunswick Department of Environment and Department of Health have provided their approval for the subdivision. The Department of Health also provides approval, but states that the septic systems must be mound septic systems with a three to four foot mound. This would be likely be as a result of the unsuitability of the more commonly used pipe and stone in-ground trench septic systems for the terrain of the site. As of August 13, 2010 the Department of Transportation had not as yet provided its approval. They did provide approval for the location of the intersections on Route 845 on August 30th, 2010.
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