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1671 Sandy Point Road Proposed Amendment

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We want to hear from you!

Stay informed on this important proposed Municipal Plan amendment that would allow for future development. As part of the recommendation to Council, a development review of this municipal property has been undertaken to align with the City’s Roadmap for Smart Growth, Action #30 under tax-base growth.

Frequently Asked Questions - click here


Public Notice is hereby given that the Common Council of The City of Saint John intends to consider an amendment to the Municipal Development Plan which would:
1. Redesignate, on Schedule A – City Structure, of the Plan, a parcel of land with an area of approximately 5.18 hectares, located at 1671 Sandy Point
Road, also identified as being PID No. 00418129, as illustrated below, from Park and Natural Area to Stable Area; and
2. Redesignate on Schedule B – Future Land Use, of the Plan, the same parcel of land from Park and Natural Area to Stable Residential;
A public presentation of the proposed amendment will take place at a regular meeting of Common Council on Monday, October 2, 2017 in the Council Chamber, Lobby Level, City Hall.

REASON FOR CHANGE: To permit future development.

Information regarding the proposal is available here.

Primary reasons behind the City’s decisions to look at this particular site for development:

  • The site is a disturbed site with a large portion cleared and prepped for development.
  • The site is surrounded by residential development on both sides, creating the opportunity for infill development along a major corridor.
  • Parks benefit from having passive recreational uses, like walking trails, at their perimeter.
  • This area of Rockwood Park is underutilized and lacks recreational opportunities. Further residential density would increase the amount of use in this area of the park.
  • The development of the site would result in significant annual tax revenue for the City (ranging between $170,000 – $250,000).
  • High-quality residential units overlooking Harrigan Lake and Rockwood Park would provide a housing option close to a major employment centre at the Regional Hospital and UNBSJ.
  • The site is located on a serviced portion of Sandy Point Road. Part of the rationale for redeveloping the road with upgraded water and sewer infrastructure in 2004 was to allow for future development.

Medium Density Concept - click here to enlarge renderings


How citizens can get involved

Above and beyond Council’s six critical decision points (see page 25) related to the property, community members have three periods during which they could offer feedback to the proposed amendment:

October 2 – November 1, 2017 – public submission period

Feedback can be provided during our public information session: Wednesday October 25, 2017
UNB Saint John
Thomas J. Condon Student Centre
Whitebone Lounge 
100 Tucker Park Road 
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Drop-in session

Written feedback may also be provided to the Common Clerk.  Inquiries can be made at the office of the Common Clerk or Growth and Community Development Services, City Hall, 15 Market Square, Saint John, N.B. between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, inclusive, holidays excepted. You can also email at 

If Council votes to proceed with the Plan amendment/rezoning process, there will be two more opportunities for the public to offer their thoughts and opinions:

December 12, 2017 – Planning Advisory Council (PAC) opportunity for public comment and written submissions.

January 8, 2018 – Council public hearing and opportunity for written submissions. 

If you require French services for a Common Council meeting, please contact the office of the Common Clerk.
Jonathan Taylor,
Common Clerk