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.
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.
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.
Transport Canada is currently reviewing the infill proposal to determine if and how the project can move forward. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has determined that the application that they had received is incomplete and requires additional information.
Halifax Regional Municipality is currently looking to gain more insight on what options exist for the disposal of pyritic slate and also the issue of infilling pre-Confederation lots such as the one in Dartmouth Cove.
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.
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.