Good news: The City of Ottawa’s Planning Committee unanimously approved re-zoning for Village Square Park that will allow for a farmers’ market to operate starting this June.
Leading up to the meeting, city staff received 15 comments from the public about the re-zoning, with all in favour except for one. That may not sound like a lot of feedback, but it’s actually quite high for a relatively benign zoning change. Continue reading →
If you’ve ever wondered about the difference between a site plan and a zoning amendment, or tried to decipher acronyms like CDP, CoA and OMB, there’s an event in Stittsville on Thursday, April 6 that will be right up your alley.
Councillor Shad Qadri and City of Ottawa planning staff are hosting a Planning Primer at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex (Hall A) from 6:30pm-9:30pm.
The three-hour session will be a condensed version of a two-day workshop that usually runs downtown at City Hall. (This may actually be the first time that they’ve brought such an event to the suburbs.)
Qadri says planning staff will be explaining a variety of common topics specific to Stittsville including the process behind tree removal, the implementation of the Fernbank Community Design Plan (CDP), and an overview of the Ontario Municipal Board’s appeal process, to name a few. (Here’s an agenda.)
Seating is limited and will be provided on a first come, first serve basis. Reserve your spot by emailing Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca before March 31, 2017.
Shuffleboard, pickleball, a covered picnic table, a bocce court and a putting green are all part of a “age-friendly” park being proposed for the corner of Stittsville Main Street between Hazeldean Road and Neil Avenue.
Think of it as a playground for seniors. The park would be adjacent to the new Hazeldean Gardens retirement home, surrounding the existing “Welcome to Stittsville” sign. Continue reading →
Stittsville Main Street is getting a new restaurant this spring. Kevin Conway and his partner Allison Pearce plan to open a 30-seat restaurant called Jack Ketch at 1536 Stittsville Main Street. Most recently, the building was home to Brown Bear Daycare.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: It was a year ago this week that I joined several community members at a Planning Committee meeting at Ottawa City Hall to oppose Richcraft’s proposal to move the Bradley-Craig barn to Munster. Unfortunately we were not successful, and now Richcraft has until January 2018 to complete the move. Since last January, I’ve heard from a lot of people with stories, memories and questions about the farm. Here’s an interesting story about the tiny house that’s on the west side of the barn. I’m sharing this letter anonymously at the request of the writer, out of respect for her family’s privacy. -GG.)
I love that you invited photographers to the Bradley–Craig property to take pictures of the barn and farmhouse. The pictures are beautiful. I hate the idea of the barn moving away, and of the little house likely being torn down (I can’t see them moving it). It is outrageous that developers get way with so much. Just so that they can build other bunch of cookie-cutter houses, no doubt.
(PHOTO: South March Highlights. Photo by Denise Deby.)
Trees are again being cut down in Ottawa’s South March Highlands. KNL is removing trees from 75-100 hectares of land in the Highlands, one of Ottawa’s most biodiverse areas, in preparation for construction. They’re required to take measures to mitigate against harming species at risk (including Blanding’s turtles, Least bitterns and butternut trees) and other wildlife. Continue reading →
Councillor Shad Qadri provided this recap of a public information session held earlier this week about construction for Minto’s Potter’s Key subdivision. Highlights: construction vehicles can only access the site from Hazeldean Road, and blasting starts on Tuesday, January 17. Tree cutting on the site began in the fall of 2016 and construction of the subdivision is expected to continue until December 2019.
Who knew starting up a farmers’ market would be so complicated?
The Ottawa Farmers’ Market — the group that runs the weekly market at Lansdowne Park — wants to bring a weekly market to Stittsville starting this spring. The plan is to bring a Friday market to Village Square Park (corner of Stittsville Main & Abbott) that would run from 12:00pm-6:00pm from June to October.
(ABOVE: Screenshot from one of the worlds created during the pilot project.)
Ottawa Public Health is hoping that Minecraft will lay the building blocks to getting kids engaged in their community and its health.
A pilot project recently wrapped up at the Stittsville and Centrepointe libraries, where youth aged nine to 17 attempted to re-imagine and build a part of their local community in the popular building game Minecraft. Continue reading →
In efforts to continue communication with the neighbouring communities, Minto will be hosting a Potter’s Key Construction Information Session on Wednesday, January 11th. The session will be at the Johnny Leroux Community Arena, Upper Hall (2nd floor), from 6:00-8:00 p.m. A presentation regarding the blasting program will be initiated by the contractors, providing attendees the opportunity to ask questions to Minto and their experts at the meeting. Continue reading →
Let’s take out the crystal ball and look ahead at what 2017 may have in store for Stittsville…
CANADIAN TIRE CENTRE
Earlier this year we should hear from the Ottawa Senators about what they have in mind for Canadian Tire Centre once the Sens leave for Lebreton Flats. Last year, team owner Eugene Melnykteased that the development would be an “entertainment-driven” transformation. Whatever it is, any change will have a major impact on Stittsville and Kanata for jobs, transportation and economic development. Continue reading →
(Above: Barn at the Bradley-Craig farm. Photo by Steve Garecke.)
There was bad news and there was good news for heritage buildings in Stittsville in 2016.
First, the bad. In January, I took part in a multi-hour marathon in front of Planning Committee at City Hall where residents and community groups tried to convince councillors to stop the demolition and relocation of theBradley-Craig barnto Munster. The debate was so long that councillors ordered in pizza, and one fell asleep. In the end, the committee and City Council voted to allow the barn’s owner, Richcraft, to dismantle the building piece-by-piece and move it to Saunders Farm. A new development, probably big box stores or a strip mall, will be built in its place. Continue reading →
(The Stittsville Jane’s Walk makes a stop in front of Hudson’s Insurance on Stittsville Main Street. Photo by Barry Gray.)
At the start of January of this year I wrote: “Compared to this time last year, I’d say the prospects for Stittsville Main Street are definitely looking up.” The same thing could be said today as well. It’s been an encouraging year. Continue reading →
One of my biggest complaints about suburban development is how builders often take a “bulldoze and build” approach, stripping away long-standing forests and natural areas. While there are some restrictions to prevent this, there aren’t always enough measures in the City’s policy toolkit to provide the necessary protection.
So I was really encouraged this week to see City Council unanimously approve a change to the Official Plan that should do more to proactively protect “significant woodlots” in the urban area. Continue reading →
Feedmill Creek is sort of a “forgotten waterway” in Stittsville. That’s probably because up until very recently, it traversed mostly undeveloped private property.
The creek starts at the stormwater ponds in Timbermere Park on the west side of Carp Road, heads west underground and then through the future Potter’s Key neighbourhood and north of Jackson Trails, before heading north under the Queensway, then east through the Tanger Outlets mall before emptying into the Carp River.
Google recently released its Google Earth Timelapse, a fascinating compilation of satellite imagery across the world. It allows users to see a 32-year timelapse of any location on earth — including Stittsville.
Stittsville in 1984 was a much smaller community of just a few thousand people, with homes clustered primarily along Stittsville Main Street. Today it’s home to over 31,000 residents, and is expected to grow to 70,000 in the next couple of decades.