Mattamy will start filling in the temporary stormwater pond along Maple Grove Road this week. The pond is located just east of the Fairwinds subdivision, adjacent to Harmattan Avenue and Helm Circle. The work is expected to continue until September. Continue reading →
FARMERS’ MARKET UPDATE
There’s still no date set for the opening of the “official” Ottawa Farmers’ Market at Village Square Park, but Suzanne Bird is forging ahead anyways with a mini market next door at “The Barn”. Bird owns the old log building on the east side of Village Square Park. The first event will be on Friday, June 30 from 4:00pm-7:00pm, and will feature two Ontario CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farmers. More info here…
MORE THEFTS AT CARP ROAD PARK & RIDE
Last month Devyn Barrie reported on a man who had all four of the wheels stolen from his car during the day while it was parked at the Carp Road Park & Ride. This week, there were reports of two thefts of catalytic converters from cars. In one case, thieves sliced through the vehicle and took the catalytic converter, a section of the exhaust system and cables from a 2017 Nissan Titan.
Councillor Shad Qadri wrote in his newsletter this week that city officials are looking into the feasibility of adding security cameras to the lot. (The lot is technically in Rideau-Goulbourn, not Stittsville.)
Meanwhile, the City is planning to pave the lot, and increase the number of spaces from 115 to 150.
*** UPDATED PLANS FOR 5505 FERNBANK
The City of Ottawa has posted applications for a Draft Plan of Subdivision and Zoning By-law Amendment for a new phase of the Blackstone subdivision. You can read about the plans here, and submit comments and questions to City of Ottawa staff.
The piece of land is at the southeast corner of the Fernbank area, adjacent to the Walmart.Cardel and Mattamy are the developers, and the plan is to develop 950 housing units, including detached homes and townhouses, and apartments. The proposed development includes two parks, a stormwater management block, a public elementary school site and a future Catholic high school site.
It’s probably worth pointing out that even though there’s land designated for future schools, there’s no guarantee they will ever be built, and there’s a window of at least seven years for the school boards to exercise their options on the land. The master plan for the entire Fernbank area includes land for 11 schools, including a public high school further west.
Councillor Shad Qadri says City staff provided him with “misleading information” about the plan to convert Johnwoods Street into a park, and that he won’t be asking the Planning Committee to stop it. Continue reading →
Councillor Shad Qadri told the Fairwinds Community Association on Wednesday night that the park will be built by the developers (Mattamy, Tartan and Tamarack) at a cost of around $550,000.
“The neighborhood park being built in Fairwinds West and Poole Creek Village, Stittsville is being planned. The park is located at the corner of Rosehill Avenue and Vivera Place. The park features a mini soccer field, a senior and junior play structure with swings and a toddlers sand play area, greenspace, landscaping pathways, benches and the opportunity for a future rink. Extensive effort has been made to save some of the existing vegetation in this park particularly along the western edge of the park.”
Mattamy Homes has advised that they are planning to place the toplift of asphalt on Johnwoods next week. Once they paved the road with base course asphalt they had to allow time to account for settlement.
They have scheduled a crew to place the toplift, weather permitting on Tuesday, October 27th, however it is possible it may occur another day during the week. It is anticipated that the work will only take one day, and during that day there will be a lane closure with flag men to direct traffic.
The construction on the street was due to installation of watermain loops for the Fairwinds West community.
DOG PARK SIGNAGE
Earlier this year we published a map of off-leash dog parks in Stittsville, using data pulled from the City of Ottawa’s web site. Recently, a reader pointed out that signage in several of the parks did not match the information from the city’s web site.
We asked the city about it, and it turns out that some of the signage in parks may in fact be wrong. Here’s a response from the City, attributed to Roger Chapman, Chief, By-law and Regulatory Services:
“By-law and Regulatory Services will review the web information and the history of the designation of Coyote Run, to confirm the approved designation, and make any necessary adjustments accordingly.”
The City says that the online information is correct, and takes precedence over the signage.
Over 80% of eligible voters in Carleton cast ballot in Monday’s election, the third-highest in Canada.
Overall voter turn-out in Canada was 68.49%, the highest since 1993.
6279 FERNBANK UPDATE FOR PLANNING COMMITTEE The City’s Planning Committee will get an update Tuesday on zoning & plan of subdivision for 6279 Fernbank. Usually reports are posted with the meeting agenda but not this time – the agenda notes that the “Report to be issued separately prior to the meeting.”
Jillian McKim, who represented the community that surrounds the development property, gave us an update last week and says that the developer and the City appear to have resolved the disagreements that led to an OMB hearing last spring.
570 HAZELDEAN ROAD DEVELOPMENT APPROVED
Shad Qadri reports that Mattamy’s proposed residential development at 570 Hazeldean Road, north of the Trans Canada Trail in the Fernbank area, has been approved. It will include 600 residential units including detached homes and townhomes.
UPDATE NOVEMBER 11: Melissa Côté from Tartan Homes tells StittsvilleCentral.ca 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. Continue reading →