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COMMENT: The “creative activism” behind the Rosehill Expressway launch

(PHOTO: Unveiling the Rosehill Expressway sign. Photo by C.W.)

A huge thank you to my neighbours in Bryanston Gate, Fairwinds and Poole Creek Village for helping to open the Rosehill Expressway on Sunday afternoon.

The event was a tongue-in-cheek “celebration” to bring attention to traffic safety issues in our community.  You could call it a piece of “creative activism”.   Continue reading


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CBC: Residents throw ‘Rosehill Expressway’ party to protest spike in traffic

From CBC Ottawa:

Some Stittsville residents are protesting the impending closure of what’s become a main thoroughfare in the west Ottawa community — by throwing a party.

The “Rosehill Expressway” party is set for Sunday afternoon, a tongue-in-cheek attempt to draw attention to what residents say will be a surge in traffic on Rosehill Avenue, when the city closes a portion of nearby Johnwoods Street later this week.

“We’re worried that we’re going to have cars speeding down a long, wide street with no stop signs,” said Carol Lenz, the president of the Bryanston Gate Community Association.

“We want people to know the ‘Rosehill Expressway’ is coming, and we want to make sure that doesn’t happen. We want to have safety measures in place first.”

Read the full story…

 


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NOTEBOOK: Shea Woods, Fairwinds parking, and a few odds and ends

AT CITY HALL
City Council gave full approval today for the acquisition of 5 hectares of Shea Woods. The City will pay CRT (Claridge-Richcraft-Tamarack) Developments just over $1.5-million for about one-third of the land … Council also approved a zoning bylaw amendment for 1620 And 1636 Maple Grove Road, paving the way for a 945-unit residential development. Continue reading


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COMMENT: Johnwoods closure comes too soon

Closing Johnwoods might make sense years from now when more of Stittsville’s planned road and transit infrastructure is in place, but it doesn’t make sense now.

I made this video in May 2016 ahead of a public information meeting hosted by the City to explain what’s going on.  Watch this: Continue reading


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North section of Johnwoods permanently closes on November 15

Councillor Shad Qadri shared an update about the closure of the north end of Johnwoods on his web site earlier today.   The plan is to turn that section of road into a linear park with a recreation path running north-south, and re-route traffic via Rosehill and Santolina to-and-from Maple Grove.

Here’s how the City explains it: “This work must be completed to satisfy a condition in Mattamy Homes’ Fairwinds West subdivision agreement. The idea to downgrade Johnwoods Street from a major road to a local street has long been supported in several Council-approved documents like the Official Plan, Transportation Master Plan, Kanata West Concept Plan, Cycling Plan, and Pedestrian Plan.
Historically, Johnwoods Street has experienced issues with cut-through traffic as population growth has outpaced the development of the arterial road network in the community. The construction of the Huntmar Drive extension and the Hazeldean Road widening have helped to alleviate some of these concerns. The partial closure of Johnwoods Street will further improve the situation.”

Despite all those council-approved documents, news of the closure will likely surprise many residents in the area, particularly in the Bryanston Gate and Fairwinds neighbourhoods.  It was a surprise to many of the 100 people who showed up at a raucous meeting in May 2016, after which the City of Ottawa’s planning department apologized for poor communication about the project.

Here’s what’s happening in the next few weeks:

  • Starting around November 8, concrete barriers at Rosehill near Warmstone will be removed, and temporary traffic calming measures will be installed. (Just what those measures are hasn’t been revealed.) Then on November 15, Johnwoods will be closed for construction. Removable bollards and barriers will be in place to stop vehicle traffic.
  • The park will be landscaped with a 3-metre asphalt path, four new benches, post and rail wood fences at the Maple Grove and Rosehill entrances, and small trees and shrubs.  The existing street lights along Johnwoods will be retained for park lighting. A letter to residents says that a future pathway could be built by the City to connect to Bryanston Gate via the pumping station property on Mika.
  • The closure will also result in a change for the 162 bus route.  They’ll travel along Santonlina beween Maple Grove Street and Rosehill Avenue, with two new bus stops on Santolina Street, one close to 151 Santolina Street and the other behind 346 Astelia Crescent.

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Here’s the update from the councillor’s web site:

Starting on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, Johnwoods Street will be permanently closed to vehicular traffic from Maple Grove Road to Rosehill Avenue and will be rebuilt as a multi-use pathway for pedestrians and cyclists.

This work will add a safe and accessible recreational amenity, more greenspace and direct connections for pedestrians and cyclists in your community. The pathway will also enhance privacy and livability for nearby residents by reducing vehicle traffic noise and headlight glare.

I encourage residents to please review the following documents which have also been mailed to residents in the immediate area.

Johnwoods Closure Notice 2017

Johnwoods Closure Frequently Asked Questions 2017 

Johnwoods Linear Park Design


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OCT 11: Bryanston Gate Community Association AGM

The Bryanston Gate Community Association will be holding its’ Annual General Meeting this week.

BGCA Annual General Meeting
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 7:00 PM
Carolark Canine Training Centre, corner of Hartin St. and Hazeldean Rd.
Guest Speaker: Councillor Shad Qadri
Everyone Welcome!

Come out and join us to see what your community association has accomplished this year. How are your funds being used? What issues can we address moving forward? What matters to YOU?

We are looking for new voices and new ideas to help us represent Bryanston Gate in the year ahead.

Councillor Qadri will be speaking to the issues concerning our neighbourhood and the city in general. If you have questions or concerns, this is your opportunity to get the facts and share your ideas.

We look forward to seeing you!

The Executive of the Bryanston Gate Community Association.


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Bryanston Gate Community Association meets on December 7

(via BGCA)

The next BGCA Executive Meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 7 at 7 pm. Dave and Shelley Lynch at 6 Alon Street will be hosting the meeting. According to our Constitution, residents may attend if there is something specific that they would like to discuss; however, three days written notice is required in order to ensure adequate space is available for everyone. Please RSVP via bryanstongatecommunity@gmail.com Continue reading


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Bryanston Gate Community Association (BGCA) meets on October 4

BGCA Annual General Meeting

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016, 7:00 PM
Carolark Dog Training Centre, 5933 Hazeldean Road (Please use back entrance)
 
This important meeting will give us the opportunity to provide an overview of the community association structure & constitution by-laws, as well as learn more about what you want this organization to focus on over the next year. A large turnout will help us better represent you.
If you haven’t already, there will be plenty of opportunity to register your household as members of the association before the meeting is called to order.
As a reminder, we’re also planning a Pumpkin Social event for October 15th, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, at Bryanston Gate Park. We’ve planned a free BBQ, activities for kids, and a raffle with many great prizes.
If at anytime you have any questions or comments for us, please don’t hesitate to drop us a line.

Looking forward to seeing you!

(From the BGCA Interim Executive Committee)


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Bryanston Gate community meeting on June 16

Neighbours in the Bryanston Gate community are organizing a meeting on Thursday, June 16.

“Join us, your neighbours, to discuss some current municipal issues. From local concerns, such as repurposing the northern end of Johnwoods Street into a linear park, to changes in the City of Ottawa’s water rate structure, we need to be in on the discussion.

This meeting is completely community-led, and will have a loosely structured agenda. After all, the purpose is to determine what the collective neighbourhood wants to discuss. We’ll also gauge interest in establishing regularly scheduled meetings, or perhaps even a more formal community association.

Whether a formal group is established or not, the ability to communicate with one another inclusively and efficiently is important.”

The meeting will be held at 7:00pm at the Carolark Canine Training Centre (5933 Hazeldean) in the lower level classroom – please use the back entrance off Hartin Street.

You can also sign up to the Bryanston Gate Community E-mail List by sending a request to: BryanstonGateCommunity@gmail.com

For more information you can use the email above or call 613-816-0166.

Neighbours organizing the meeting include Alison, Shelley & David Lynch, Carol and Mike Lenz and Cherlene McEnery.


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What’s happening with the Maple Grove link to Jackson Trails?

Today, the west end of Maple Grove Road is just a dead-end dumping ground for construction waste and dog poop bags. Someday, it could be a road connection to Stittsville Main Street.

It’s an idea that’s been talked about for several years, and it shows up from time to time on planning maps, but there’s no specific timeline.

It came up recently during the discussions about Minto’s Potter’s Key subdivision. Some homeowners in Jackson Trails have suggested that Maple Grove could provide a second exit from their community, although many residents don’t want it opened up just yet. Continue reading


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LETTER: Hold planning staff accountable for “epic fail”

Re: Qadri and planners get rough ride over Johnwoods “proposal”

As a former political staffer to Bob Chiarelli from 1987 – 1990 and again in 1999, I have seen some great work down by bureaucrats at the provincial level and at the former Region of Ottawa-Carleton (ROC). I went out of my way to thank staff when they were of assistance to the MPP and then Regional Chair as well as helping me in my role. Continue reading


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