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Help protect Dartmouth Cove

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What is being proposed?

A developer affiliated with Atlantic Road Construction and Paving (ARCP) has applied for a permit to fill in Dartmouth Cove with pyritic slate and quarry rock from local excavation sites.  The project is estimated to last for 6 years! 


The resulting moonscape is not for the benefit of the community, but only as a means of getting rid of excavation materials.

Trucks and heavy machinery for 6 years

Using access from Maitland Street, the proposal outlines using dump trucks over a period of 6 years to bring in pyritic slate and other fill.

10,000 Truck loads of contruction debris

The developer has applied to infill this water lot with 99,700 cubic metres of material from local excavation sites, or the equivalent of 3 football fields.

Environmental Impact

Years of industrial silt sitting in a neutral state at the bottom of the cove will most likely be stirred up and wreak havoc on the fish and other wildlife within the cove. This includes fish, lobster, seals, river otters and over 100 species of bird that have been observed in the Cove.

Future Development?

While the developer’s proposal states that the newly created land could be used for future development. under the current rules it would be zoned for parkland only. So there is no clarity on what would become of the property beyond being a mass of rubble and rock. 




The Federal Governement has been working closely with the local Municipality to help the Councillors work towards establishing bylaws that can help protect these Pre-Confederation waterlots against infill activity. 

As of right now, this cooperation only extends to the area of the Northwest Arm. HRM is requesting a staff report to inquire if the same support would be provided for Dartmouth Cove. 

Let the new Minister of Transportation, The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez know how important Dartmouth Cove is to our community.


The proposed infill area

The infill area outlined in the proposal would stretch from just past Maitland Street all the way to Parker Street next to The Cove facility. 


What can be done?

Make our community's voice heard

If you are a resident of the Dartmouth Cove area, a user of the trail and the waterfront, or just someone who is interested in preserving our natural habitats, there are steps that we can take to prevent this infill.

The infill project has wide reaching impacts for the surrounding community. To better understand how the project affects these areas, and who to contact regarding these concerns, please reference our communication guide to help make our voices heard.


Federal Contacts

The proposal is currently under federal review. You can contact the Member of Parliament for Dartmouth - Cole Harbour to let him know your opposition.

Let the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
know that this coastline is too precious to lose.

Transport Canada is currently reviewing the application. You can reach out to them directly by contacting the Minister.

Dartmouth Cove is home to various fish, birds, otters and seals. Let the Minister of Environment and Climate Change know that habitat shouldn't be infilled.

Your local officials


While currently a federal issue, the municipality is working to submit their feedback to the federal government. Email  Sam Austin, councillor for Dartmouth Centre, and Mayor Mike Savage, to ensure your voice is heard!


MLA Claudia Chender has openly condemned the infill proposal. Hon. Tim Halman, provincial Minister of Environment and Climate Change, will also have a say in this project. Let both representatives know this is unacceptable for our harbour waterfront. 

Get in Touch

If you have information that you'd like to share, or you'd like to stay up to date with developments, please let us know.

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Sign the Petition

To show local officials community opposition for project, please add your name to the petition. 

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