Category Archives: Development

Jackson Trails residents unhappy with road plan for proposed Minto subdivision

The Stitsville Village Association (SVA) says they want to work with Jackson Trails residents to come to an agreement on the best way to get cars in and out of a planned subdivision on Hazeldean Road.

Minto submitted a site plan application last spring for a development just west of Jackson Trails that would include 234 townhouses and 220 single-datached homes.

Minto's original site plan map, showing connections to three streets on the east in Jackson trails, but no connections to the west or south.
Minto’s original site plan map, showing connections to three streets on the east in Jackson trails, but no connections to the west or south.


The plan for roads connecting the new subdivision to existing developments is causing some contention:

  • Under Minto’s plan, traffic would enter the subdivision via Hazeldean Road in the south, and from Jackson Trails via Bandelier Way, Kimpton Drive and Eagle Crest Heights.  There’s no connection to the subdivision in the west towards Carp Road.
  • The City’s Transportation Master plan calls for a east-west connection from Kimpton Drive to Echowoods Avenue, connecting Carp Road to Stittsville Main Street, parallel to Hazeldean.
  • The SVA supports this east-west connection, but some Jackson Trails Residents are concerned about cut-through and speeding traffic through their neighbourhood. They say drivers will use it as a short-cut to bypass Hazeldean Road.
  • Shad Qadri says some business owners on Carp Road favour the east-west connection, because it would encourage residents in Jackson Trails and the new subdivision to visit their businesses, as opposed to shopping on Hazeldean Road or Stittsville Main.
  • Minto does not own the land adjacent to Hazeldean Road, so it’s unclear if they’ll be able to provide road access to the south.

The issue was discussed on Thursday night at the SVA’s monthly meeting.

Prior to the meeting, Tim Larocque, the president of the Jackson Trails Community Association (JTCA), sent a letter to SVA president Phil Sweetnam.

In the letter, Larocque said the JCTA does not support connecting Kimpton and Echo Woods, and said that additional traffic analysis is required.

“Our single most important issue of the proposed design is traffic flow and safety. The JTCA supports connecting to Hazeldean as the primary access road for the Minto development. While connecting Kimpton to Echowoods is a possible option to consider, we believe it is a temporary or alternative solution that does not fully address resident concerns including pedestrian safety, speeding, traffic congestion and a secondary emergency route,” he wrote.

Jackson Trails resident Dan Scott attended the meeting, and said that while residents are concerned about cut-through traffic, they also recognize the new subdivision should have more than one exit point, to ensure safety and proper traffic flow.

No decisions were made at the meeting, but Sweetnam said that both the SVA and JTCA should meet and make sure that the needs of the entire Stittsville community, and the needs of residents in the new subdivision, are both addressed.

The City of Ottawa is still waiting for Minto to come back with changes to their proposed site plan, based on comments received earlier this year at a public meeting in June.

At the meeting, Qadri also said that city staff are reviewing an option to connect Stittsville Main Street to Maple Grove Road, at least temporarily. This would provide Jackson Trails with a second access point to their neighbourhood.

Jackson Trails only has one way in and out of the subdivision, at Stittsville Main and Hazeldean Road. Under the current TMP, there’s a plan to connect Stittsvile Main Street to Palladium Drive, but not until 2026-2031.

There’s a long-standing promise between the City of Ottawa and residents of Bryanston Gate near Johnwoods not to connect Maple Grove to Stittsville Main. That promise is reflected in the city’s official plan.

Qadri says he’s asked City staff to review that agreement to see if a temporary connection can be made until the future link to Palladium is completed.  He says a full environmental assessment would be required before work proceeds.

We’d like to hear from residents about your thoughts on the traffic plan for the new subdivision. Add your comments below or email


The Bridge church in Kanata plans expansion at 285 Didsbury Road

The City of Ottawa has received a Site Plan application to amend the existing Site Plan Control Approval to allow for the construction of an addition to the existing church at 285 Didsbury Road. The new building will serve as a reception area, meeting rooms and a lounge area for the existing structure.

The Bridge, just north of the Queensway across from Canadian Tire Centre, is a Wesleyan church.


New site plan application for an office building at 8560 Campeau Drive

There’s a new site plan application for an office building on Campeau Drive in Kanata North, just across the street from the Tanger Outlets.

The land is currently zoned IP13 “Business Park Industrial Zone” with a wide variety of allowed business and commercial uses.

“The City of Ottawa has received a Site Plan application to construct a two-storey office building.” More info here…

8560 Campeau site plan
8560 Campeau site plan


‘Significant feedback’ delays Stittsville Main design plan to 2015

It’s back to the drawing board, but not quite to square one, for the Stittsville Main Street Community Design Plan (CDP).

In his weekly email newsletter to  residents on November 7, councillor Shad Qadri said that city staff will look at the policy proposal in the “early part of 2015”, instead of this month as originally planned. Continue reading


ROUND 2: Residents in Fairwinds get set for another round of blasting

UPDATE NOVEMBER 11: Melissa Côté from Tartan Homes tells that the blasting will begin sometime between December 2-8, and last approximately 50 working days, or two-and-a-half months.

Some residents living on the western side of Fairwinds have received letters about upcoming blasting in the Poole Creek Village area.

The blasting is part of housing construction by Tartan and Tamarack for the Poole Creek Village subdivision.  We’ve asked both companies for information about when (and how long) the blasting will occur and will update this post when we hear back.
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Updated site plan control for a Jiffy Lube near Terry Fox & Fernbank

Fernbank Jiffy Lube
1180 Terry Fox Drive / 5357 Fernbank Road


The City of Ottawa has published an updated site plan control document for the development of a Jiffy Lube on Terry Fox behind the Walmart.

Documents describe it as a “Jiffy Lube service station of 223 sq m with 3 service bays, 19 parking spaces and a gateway feature.” The location will be on the north end of the site near Cope Drive.

You can read more here…

Fernbank Jiffy Lube site plan
Fernbank Jiffy Lube site plan


LETTER: Proposed development on Fernbank raises concerns about flooding

(ABOVE: Stittsville residents Ian McKim, Jillian McKim, Gerry Kroll and Keldine FitzGerald are concerned about a proposed 140-unit housing development on marshlands off Fernbank Road.  Photo by Barry Gray.)

Approximate location of the proposed development at 6279 Fernbank Road
Approximate location of the proposed development at 6279 Fernbank Road.


Editor’s note: Residents near a proposed development at 6279 Fernbank Road are hoping to engage with the community to keep people updated on an upcoming Ontario Municipal Board hearing expected in April.

As resident Jillian McKim  explains in her letter below, residents and the City of Ottawa are concerned about several aspects of the proposed development, including the effect it could have on stormwater drainage. Continue reading


Updated site plan for 630 Eagleson housing complex for people with dementia

Most site plan proposals that we see in this area relate to retail or housing developments.  This site plan is different. Here’s how it’s described in the site plan proposal:

“The purpose of this application is to allow for the development of a single-storey building 4,875 sq. m. in size containing 71 rooming units that will be used for residents suffering from dementia. Six courtyards will be constructed in the interior of the building to allow for secure outdoor spaces and natural lighting within. The site will be accessed from Eagleson Road along the southern property line sharing an access with the existing Tim Horton’s. Parking in the form of 24, at-grade spaces, loading, garbage and drop off areas will be between the front of the building and a retaining wall set back 3 metres from the property line abutting Eagleson Road.”

The facility is referred to in one document as a “Memory Care Facility”. There’s an PDF document about the proposed facility here. You can read the full site plan proposal here.

Concept plan for the Memory Care facility
Concept plan for the Memory Care facility


Plan of subdivision submitted for 5431 Fernbank

The City has received a plan of subdivision for the land at 5431 Fernbank Road, near the Blackstone community:

“The subject lands are currently vacant agricultural land. Two hydro corridors and the TransCanada Trail lie north of the site. There is a draft approved subdivision to the west, a site plan approved for commercial retail development to the south and vacant urban lands to the east of the property. The subdivision proposal is identified as Phases 2 through 4 of Blackstone Development. The draft plan shows 315 single family lots, 11 blocks for multiple dwellings one park block, one stormwater management block, 10 streets, 3 walkways blocks and the block for the hydro corridor. At total of 565 dwelling units are anticipated, with 97 street townhomes, 61 townhomes on private roads and 92 as stacked townhomes or low rise apartments units. The access will be from Terry Fox Drive and through the previously draft approved subdivision immediately to the west of this site.”

You can find more info here…

5431 Fernbank Road
5431 Fernbank Road


Plan of subdivision submitted for commercial/industrial development on Carp Road

The City of Ottawa has received a plan of subdivision for 3119 Carp Road, just north of Stittsville.

“The plan of subdivision features the creation of 12 lots for commercial/industrial uses. This subdivision will be accessed by two private common element roads. The lots will be serviced by individual well and septic systems, as well as individual stormwater management plans.”

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Site Plan Control submitted for Frank Nighbor Place / Silver Seven Road

Site plan map for the south west corner of Frank Nighbor and Silver Seven
Site plan map for the south west corner of Frank Nighbor and Silver Seven. Click for full size.

There’s a new collection of Site Plan Control documents posted for a development at the corner of Frank Nighbor Place and Silver Seven Road, across from the Costco in Kanata.    It’s currently undeveloped.

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Public notice re: 333 Huntmar Drive

Public notice from the City of Ottawa re: 333 Huntmar Drive

The Council of the City of Ottawa proposes to close a portion of Huntmar Drive that was dedicated as public highway in error by By-law 2014-154.

By-law 2014-154 was passed to establish Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 on Plan 4R 27297 as common and public highway. The described parts were not intended for public highway use, but were transferred to the City through a Site Plan Control application (City File No. D07-12-13-0027) as a stormwater management facility (Part 1) and creek block (Parts 2, 3 and 4).

The Planning Committee will hear, in person or by counsel or agent, any person who applies to be heard concerning this closure. If you have objections, please contact in writing the undersigned on or before October 7th, 2014.

To receive additional information or a copy of a map showing the proposed closure, please contact:

Sean Moore
Planning and Growth Management Department
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 1J1
613-580-2424, extension 16481


Moore explains: “The Road Closure is technical in nature, and has no impact on any actual part of road which is to be driven.  An error occurred when the Tanger Outlet Centre transferred a creek corridor and stormwater management pond to the City, and this corridor was accidentally classified as a public road.  Thus the notice to close road is to simply remove the classification of ‘road’ from the creek.  A formal process is required to remove the ‘road’ classification from these lands.”


New construction, fewer government moves, hurt Stittsville housing market

The average resale price of residential homes and condos in Stittsville was down by about 3% overall in August on a year-over-year basis compared to 2013.

Source: Ottawa Real Estate Board (OREB) statistics for the month of August (year-to-date) 2014
Source: Ottawa Real Estate Board (OREB) statistics for Stittsville for the month of August (year-to-date) 2014

 (Note: Stittsville North = north of Hazeldean, Central = between Hazeldean and Abbott, South = south of Abbott)

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Environmental compliance application filed for Carp Road landfill

Waste Management has submitted an Environmental Compliance Approval application to the Ministry of Environment for the Carp Road landfill. It’s the latest step in the process to get approval to expand the facility, located just north of Stittsville and the Queensway.

Officially known as the “West Carleton Environmental Centre”, the landfill expansion will cover an area of 38 hectares, will have a maximum volume of 6.5-million cubic meters and take up to 400,000 tonnes of garbage each year.

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When that blasted blasting near Johnwoods/Maple Grove will stop

Residents near Johnwoods/Maple Grove will be happy to hear that the blasting work is scheduled to end within a couple of weeks.

The latest estimate from Mattamy Homes is that the majority of the work will be completed by September 17, according to Daniel Potechin, a construction manager with the developer.

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Public Meeting re: 173 Huntmar on September 9

The City of Ottawa is holding a Public Meeting on September 9 to discuss a proposed plan of subdivision for 173 Huntmar Drive.  The property is just north of Fairwinds, on Huntmar Road between Maple Grove and Palladium.

The meeting is at 7:00pm at the Johnny Leroux Stittsville Community Arena (10 Warner-Colpitts Lane, off Stittsville Main).

The plan of subdivision includes a mixed-use development with 13 low rise apartment buildings, 12 townhouses blocks and two four storey commercial buildings with retail on the ground floor and office uses above.”  (More here…)

The property includes a 19th century stone farmhouse known as “Boyd House” that would be preserved as a commercial building, along with the land immediately surrounding it. One of the reports recommends saving the trees around the house, as well as the long line of trees along the north lane way.

Boyd House, Fall 2013
Boyd House, Fall 2013. Photo by Glen Gower


Site Plan Control submitted for 109 Iber Road

A Site Plan Control has been submitted to the City of Ottawa for 109 Iber Road, just south of the building that’s home to Dragon’s Lair Beads:

“The building is proposed to be a one-storey structure 2,016 square metres in size. 53 at-grade parking spaces and 1 loading space are proposed. A fire access route will encircle the building. The stormwater management pond will be situated between the front of the building and Iber Road along which 6 deciduous trees will be planted.”

You can read more background and documentation here…

The City is accepting comments on the plan. You can contact Patricia   Macmillan at 613-580-2424 x13799.

109 Iber Road