Saint John Common Council (File Image)

The controversial proposal for a luxury retirement complex on Sandy Point Road has inched closer to final Council approval of the required zoning changes. Following a five hour Public Hearing last night – Common Council voted in favour accepting a supplemental staff report outlining a number of conditions for approval of the Ethos Ridge development – then voted in favour of first and second readings for a Municipal Plan and Zoning By-Law amendments for the proposal.

A number of residents from the neighbouring Pelton Road area spoke against the proposal expressing concerns about traffic safety – drainage – impact on wells – and loss of a wetland area.

Layout of proposed Ethos Ridge luxury retirement community along Sandy Point Road (File Image)

Developer Scott Walton says revisions to the proposal address a number of concerns raised by residents. He says the building has been placed in area of the property that would minimize digging and blasting. Walton also says a number of serious investors in the development are using this project as a pilot for potential future investments in the area. Others speaking in support included former Mayor Norm McFarlane and developer Percy Wilbur.

The Ethos Ridge development would see 120 luxury retirement units constructed on a site at 2100 Sandy Point Road. Total cost of the development is estimated in the 50 million dollar range. Council is expected to give third and final readings to the Municipal Plan and Zoning By-Law amendments at its next meeting.