NOTEBOOK: Infill on Jonathan Pack, Haliburton Park plans, noise bylaw changes

INFILL ON JONATHAN PACK
On June 7, Ottawa’s Committee of Adjustment will consider a request to subdivide a piece of residential property at 28 Jonathan Pack Street. Currently it’s a large lot with a single home, and the proposal seeks to divide the property in half, keeping the house on one lot and using the other for a new house. (You can find more info here…)

The property in question is typical of many on Jonathan Pack, with large lots about 30m wide at the front stretching back about 60m. The lots on Forest Heights and Stitt Street, which run parallel to Jonathan Pack, are quite a bit narrower and considerably denser.

I don’t know enough about this application to say if it’s good or bad for the street, but I do know that we’re seeing more and more large, older properties in Stittsville been subdivided for infill development. If you’re not a fan of endless suburban sprawl, infills like this one can be a way that sprawl can slowed. What’s important is getting the design right, and ensuring that the scale of the infill is compatible with the existing neighbourhood.

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La Cucina moves from Kanata to Stittsville next month

La Cucina moving from Kanata to Stittsville in June

La Cucina restaurant is moving from Kanata to Stittsville in June.  They’re currently located at Castlefrank and Hazeldean, and they’ll be moving to the former Fresco Bistro location in front of the Lowe’s.

The restaurant was established in 2008 and serves a mix of modern and traditional Italian dishes.  Did you know: “la Cucina” is Italian for “the Kitchen”.

 


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15-year-old cyclist hit by vehicle at Hazeldean & Terry Fox

(via Ottawa Paramedic Service)

Paramedics responded to a call for bicycle versus vehicle collision that occurred at the intersection of Hazeldean Rd and Terry Fox Rd. The Ottawa Paramedic Service Communications Centre received the call at 8:43 on Sunday May 21.

Paramedics treated a 15-year-old male patient for a head injury as a result of the collision.

Patient was transported to hospital in serious but stable condition.

Ottawa Police are investigating


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Tree cutting allowed east of Echowoods, as long as they’re skinny trees

Here’s a update from Councillor Shad Qadri after recent resident inquiries about why trees are being cut down on land east of Lloydalex/Echowoods and north of Jackson Trails and the new Potter’s Key subdivision. (The land doesn’t have a municipal address, and is not subject to any active development applications.) Qadri says the owners of the property are not in violation of the Urban Tree Conservation By-law as long as trees being removed do not have a diameter of 10cm or more.

Residents have inquired about tree cutting on this piece of land east of Lloydalex Crescent. Map via Councillor Shad Qadri.
via Google Maps

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I have recently been contacted by residents in the area regarding some activity they have noticed on the lands within the Ward 21 Urban Expansion Area that is located north of Jackson Trails and Potter’s Key.  I am still waiting for additional information with respect to any plans for the property in the future but did want to share the following information with residents. Continue reading


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MAY 15: First meeting of the Blackstone Fernbank Crossing Community Association

The Blackstone Fernbank Crossing Community Association (BFCCA) is holding their first Annual General Meeting on Monday, May 15 at 7:30pm. The meeting will be held at the Goulbourn Rec Centre, Meeting Room A.

For more email, contact BlackstoneFernbankCrossing@gmail.com or join the Blackstone / Fernbank Crossing Facebook Group.


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A list of Stittsville neighbourhood garage sales in 2017

Here’s a list of neighbourhood garage sales in Stittsville. Send us a note at feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca with any updates!

  • Bryanston Gate: Saturday, May 13, 8am-12pm
  • Crossing Bridge: Saturday, May 27, 7am-12pm
    with a BBQ following at the park next to A. Lorne Cassidy School.
  • Jackson Trails: Saturday, May 27
  • Fairwinds: Saturday, June 3, 8am-2pm
  • Timbermere: Saturday, June 3
  • Deer Run: Saturday, June 3
  • Granite Ridge: Saturday, June 3, 9am-5pm
  • …and across the Queensway, Arcadia (Kanata North) has a garage sale on June 3.

For individual garage sales and street sales, check out Stittsville, Richmond & Kanata Garage Sales on Facebook.


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Historical Society event looks at the history of Stanley’s Corners

SS#10 Stanley Corners 1926 – From Farms and Families
SS#10 Stanley Corners 1926 – From Farms and Families

Join the Goulbourn Township Historical Society on Saturday, May 13 at 1:30pm for “What Went Down in Struggle Town?”, a presentation that will examine the settlement, historic figures, and structures, which have defined the narrative of Stanley’s Corners. Tracey Donaldson, Acting Manager along with Acting Education Officer Sarah Holla from the Goulbourn Museum will be presenting. Continue reading


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NOTEBOOK: We’re the guinea pigs for building better suburbs

The City of Ottawa sent out a press release earlier this week about progress on a long-term project called “Building Better and Smarter Suburbs”. (You can read the full press release below.)

Suburbs are changing, and the city’s policies, bylaws and planning/design guidelines need to be updated to adapt to the evolving environment. The Building Better and Smarter Suburbs project contains a series of strategies covering all sorts of issues. Continue reading


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PHOTOS: Kentucky Derby event raises nearly $2,800 for DueNORTH

A fundraising event  for DueNORTH Canada  with a Kentucky Derby theme raised nearly $2,793 on Saturday afternoon.

“It was great success, everyone seemed to have a great time and got into the spirit with their Derby fashion,” says organizer Cheryl Donnelly.

DueNORTH is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization which aims to nurture possibilities amongst children and youth in Canada’s Far North by providing and promoting access to nutritious, affordable and culturally-appropriate food.

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PHOTOS: Jane’s Walk on Stittsville Main Street

Thanks to everyone who joined us for a very rainy Jane’s Walk on Stittsville Main Street aka UmbrellaFest 2017.  Lots of optimism and potential about the future of the neighbourhood! Jane Jacobs wrote “The Death and Life of Great American Cities” over half a century ago, and it is incredible how relevant her ideas are today when we’re talking about how to create healthy, sustainable, people-centred neighbourhoods. -GG.

Photos by Sophie Gower

Jane's Walk 2017 on Stittsville Main Street. Photo by Sophie Gower Jane's Walk 2017 on Stittsville Main Street. Photo by Sophie Gower Jane's Walk 2017 on Stittsville Main Street. Photo by Sophie Gower Jane's Walk 2017 on Stittsville Main Street. Photo by Sophie Gower Jane's Walk 2017 on Stittsville Main Street. Photo by Sophie Gower


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Tyrone Henry brings home the gold from World Para Hockey championship

(PHOTO: Tyrone Henry is a member of the Canadian National Sledge Hockey Team that won gold in South Korea. Photo by Barry Gray.)

In 2010, a 13-year-old Tyrone Henry watched the Vancouver Paralympics sledge hockey games, mesmerized.

“The first time I saw sledge hockey – and I was an able bodied kid – I thought that I would love to play that. I didn’t know you could play it if you were able bodied,” said Henry. Continue reading


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Odyssey Theatre spreads its roots with Canada 150 arts project

Ottawa’s Odyssey Theatre is recruiting Stittsville residents and community arts groups to participate in Spreading Roots, a community art project in conjunction with AOE Arts Council’s Neighbourhood Arts 150 project.

The group is holding an initial meeting on Thursday, May 4, upstairs at Sobey’s at 7pm.

Spreading Roots is Odyssey’s theatre-based community arts project that aims to draw together elders, children, youth and adults to create a pageantry celebration of their neighbourhood trees. The group is one of twelve artists and arts organizations celebrating Canada 150 and Ontario 150.

Together with professional artists and environmentalists, community members will create a performance event that recognizes and celebrates their neighbourhood trees as members of their community through storytelling, theatre, dance and song, and which culminates in welcoming and planting new trees in their community.   Continue reading


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Campaign aims to replace instruments destroyed in Kanata Montessori fire

A fire last week in a portable at the Kanata Montessori School destroyed many of the school’s musical instruments.

David and Marie Haynes, who have kids who attend the school, are organizing a donation drive to collect instruments to replace what was lost.  The instruments that are needed the most are smaller instruments that are used for the younger grades.

Instruments they are hoping to collect include:

  • Electric or Acoustic guitars – preferably child sized, but either is good.
  • Amplifiers
  • trumpets
  • trombones
  • clarinets
  • any other wind instruments
  • hand drums

The school does not need violins or recorders!

Click here for more info on how to make a donation…


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Gaia Java a welcoming venue for up-and-coming musicians

(PHOTO: Greg Lee played to a crowd of friends, family and fans at Gaia Java on April 21.)

MARIE TOOK A FIVE DOLLAR BILL OUT OF HER WALLET and with a wide smile dropped it in the large round mason jar with a black sign that says “support the artist.”

Of course, she wasn’t just supporting the artist who was playing at Gaia Java on a Friday night last month. She was supporting her son – Greg Lee, 17, who was playing to a house of friends, family and a few strangers who walked in to hear the sweet chords emanating from his acoustic guitar. Continue reading


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NOTEBOOK: Owners want to axe Palladium Autopark capacity limit

Oh the irony.

A planning consultant says that a luxury auto dealership planned for Palladium Drive will be pedestrian friendly.

I’ll admit, a lot of the information contained in the Proposed Zoning By-Law Amendment Planning Rationale for 2499 Palladium Drive, 2500 Palladium Drive and 675 Autopark Private is over my head, but I know enough to read these documents with a certain degree of skepticism.

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