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NOTEBOOK: Three reasons why OMB reforms are good for our community

Great to see that the Ontario Government is pushing ahead to reform the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), with a proposal to replace it with a Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. Three quick thoughts on why this will be good for our community – both Stittsville, and more broadly, all of Ottawa. Continue reading


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Can a video game engage youth in community planning?

(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


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Slow sales push back construction of Stittsville Walk condos

Despite a change of ownership and a total rebranding, the condo development at 1491 Stittsville Main Street is still struggling to find buyers, pushing the expected completion date to mid-2017.

Taylor Bennett, sales representative for Bennett Property Shop Realty, has been in charge of the account since December and admits it’s difficult to sell homes in the current environment.

“It’s not the greatest time for real estate,” he explains. “So we haven’t done a huge amount of marketing yet.”

The site was rebranded as Stittsville Walk after a change in ownership in the summer of 2015.

However construction isn’t expected to begin until the end of 2016 and it could be later if there’s not enough interest.

“It really depends on how sales go,” says Bennett. “Once we have a little more than half sold out they can start building it, which will take six months.”

Construction for an original project called Reverie Quarters ceased in 2013, and the original design sparked community backlash that eventually led to the drafting of a new Community Design Plan (CDP) for Stittsville Main Street.

Bennett says a reason behind the current rebrand is to “make it more accepted.”

The original site plan called for four of the condo buildings, plus a fifth multi-story commercial building along Stittsville Main Street. Bennett confirmed that while there are no plans to eliminate any of the five buildings in the original plan, they will all be redesigned.

To this end, the company has introduced new 1,500-square foot bungalow units with indoor parking in addition to the two-storey terrace townhouses originally advertised.

The rebrand had to include the structure from the previous development, complicating the process for Bennett and his team.

“We didn’t have total freedom,” he explains. “Ideally we wanted to have a bunch of one-level living styles, but we were confined to the existing building.”

Nevertheless he says the new plan will be appropriate for Stittsville Main as envisioned in the new CDP.

“I think the bungalows will be well received,” says Bennett. “We think this fits the demographic looking to live in Stittsville a little better.”

Artist conception of what the new Stittsville Walk will look like.
Artist conception of what the new Stittsville Walk will look like.

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COMMENT: Seven reasons why a proposed drive-thru doesn’t fit on Stittsville Main

Is a drive-thru appropriate on a traditional main street? In some places yes, but the drive-thru proposed for Stittsville Main Street falls far short of what city planners say should be allowed.

A fast food drive-thru is proposed for Stittsville Main in front of Brown’s Independent. It will be the first real test of the new Stittsville Main Community Design Plan (CDP). Approved in 2015, the CDP (and its cousin, the Stittsville Main Street Secondary Plan) is supposed to provide a framework for development over the next few decades on our traditional main street. Continue reading


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Bits and Baits closes its doors on September 5

The owners of Bits and Baits will be putting up a “gone fishing” sign for good when they close down at the start of September.

The bait and tackle store owned by Marise Dubé and husband Gord Long (pictured above in front of their store) has been operating for just over 10 years out of a little white house on Stittsville Main Street. Dube says their property and the Stittsville Travel building next door have been purchased by Rivera, the company the owns the neighbouring retirement home. Continue reading


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