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CARP RIVER RISING: Restoration project raises concerns in Arcadia

(ABOVE: Carp River, April 8, 2017. The Arcadia neighbourhood is in the background.)

(Guest post from Daniel J. Kucherhan with the Arcadia Community Association.)

Residents of Arcadia have been watching the Carp River closely over the past few weeks, as record rainfall has caused water levels to submerse pathways, bridges, and trees that were delivered as part of the Carp River Restoration Plan (CRRP). Continue reading


Cardel Homes seeks naming rights for Goulbourn Rec Complex

(Goulbourn Rec Centre, May 2015. Photo by Barry Gray.)

The GRC could soon be known as the CRG if city councillors approve a $600,000 naming rights deal with Cardel Homes.

Next week, the City of Ottawa’s Community and Protective Services Committee will consider a proposal to change the name of the Goulbourn Recreation Complex to “Cardel Rec – Goulbourn”.  In return, Cardel would pay the City $40,000 for the next 15 years. Continue reading


Here’s what to expect during construction for Potter’s Key

Councillor Shad Qadri provided this recap of a public information session held earlier this week about construction for Minto’s Potter’s Key subdivision.  Highlights: construction vehicles can only access the site from Hazeldean Road, and blasting starts on Tuesday, January 17.   Tree cutting on the site began in the fall of 2016 and construction of the subdivision is expected to continue until December 2019.

Related: The deadline for comments on the Feedmill Creek rehabilitation plan is Sunday

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Potter’s Key construction info session on January 11

(via Councillor Shad Qadri)

In efforts to continue communication with the neighbouring communities, Minto will be hosting a Potter’s Key Construction Information Session on Wednesday, January 11th.  The session will be at the Johnny Leroux Community Arena, Upper Hall (2nd floor), from 6:00-8:00 p.m. A presentation regarding the blasting program will be initiated by the contractors, providing attendees the opportunity to ask questions to Minto and their experts at the meeting. Continue reading


Tree cutting starts Monday for Minto’s Potter’s Key

(via Councillor Shad Qadri)

I would like to take a moment to provide a quick update on the tree cutting in Potter’s Key.

Today, the contractors have received their final required permits to undertake these works. As such, tree cutting will commence on Monday, November 21st and is expected to be completed before Christmas. Continue reading


Blanding’s Turtle habitat to be affected by Potter’s Key development

(File photo: Blanding’s Turtle along Hazeldean Road.  Photo by Ken McRae.)

Minto is proposing several measures to protect Blanding’s Turtles at the new Potter’s Key development on Hazeldean Road. They’ve applied to Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) for permission to proceed with the development, which could impact the animals, classified as a Species at Risk in Ontario (SARO). Continue reading


Planning Committee gives ok to Potter’s Key, with conditions

“What we have ultimately ended up with was two victories out of many requests… Councillor Qadri worked really hard, along with some of the other councillors, to negotiate the motion. It’s been a long battle. It was by far the best we were able to get Minto to agree to.” –Omar Sultan, Jackson Trails

The city’s Planning Committee gave their blessing Minto’s Potter’s Key development today, along with several conditions to address some of the concerns from neighbouring residents.

Those conditions include maintaining a gravel road for construction vehicles until at least 2019, and requiring that any homes backing onto existing residential areas must be single family homes. Continue reading


City planners say Hazeldean link not needed for Potter’s Key

As expected, City staff say that a road link from Hazeldean to Minto’s proposed Potter’s Key neighbourhood isn’t necessary to handle traffic from the new subdivision.

Two staff reports were posted today as part of the minutes for a Planning Committee meeting on February 23, when councillors will decide on whether or not to allow the subdivision to proceed as planned.  They’ll be voting on a draft plan of subdivision and a zoning amendment.

The reports say that two existing streets, Kimpton and Echowoods, have more than enough capacity to safely handle traffic from the Potter’s Key subvidision:

“Kimpton Drive and Echowoods Avenue have been long designated as part of a collector roadway system in successive updates to the Transportation Master Plan. A collector road is considered in the City road classification system to link neighbourhoods together, and offers a wider right-of-way than a local street to accommodate a larger 5 road surface and sidewalks to allow more volume of traffic and transit movements, up to a maximum of 600 to 800 vehicles per hour. The forecasted traffic, developed in line with all City guidelines and requirements for traffic impact analyses, indicates that the Kimpton/Echowoods connection will be well within the capacity available for this road network at 200 vehicles per hour or three vehicles per minute.”

In recent weeks, Councillor Shad Qadri has said staff supported Minto’s plans.  He stated his opposition to the plan in the report:

“As Councillor for the Stittsville community, I do not support the recommendations in this report and do not support the development moving forward as currently proposed. This is a large subdivision development and there are outstanding items that the community and I feel have not been properly addressed. This large development does not have sufficient transportation connections to an arterial road which will be problematic for future and existing residents in the area. Traffic concerns are one of the largest issues that many communities face in the City of Ottawa and this development will increase pressures on the City’s Traffic and Police Department. The developer has also not fulfilled the request to have the same form of housing abutting all existing single detached homes. There are a number of additional issues that have not been addressed including pathway connectivity, a request for a landscape buffer and a appropriate plan for construction vehicle access.”

The Planning Committee will also receive a petition with 81 signatures from residents in Echowoods and Jackson Trails expressing their opposition to the traffic plan.

Councillor Qadri is asking residents to send in comments or attend next week’s meeting in person. His staff is dropping off notices to neighbouring homes this week.

“As the community has continued to raise concerns with this development, I will not be in support of the development when it comes forward to Planning Committee and Council. That said, it is also very important that my Committee/Council colleagues hear from the residents…. I strongly encourage residents to register in advance to speak and please advise me if you plan to attend to ensure that the venue will be large enough to comfortably accommodate members of the public,” he wrote on Facebook.

Click here for background about the Potter’s Key traffic issue….


Jackson Trails residents ask for compromise on Minto subdivision

Jackson Trails Community Association (JTCA) president Omar Sultan believes there’s still an opportunity for Minto to change their plan for Potter’s Key, before it goes to the city’s Planning Committee on February 23.

He’s written a 19-page letter on behalf of the JTCA outlining 11 community requests for including the subdivision plan that’s proposed just west of Jackson Trails. The letter includes a variety of requests and proposed solutions to mitigate concerns about issues like traffic, housing density, pedestrian safety, compatibility, and parkland. Continue reading


LETTER: Councillor and residents must push back on Potter’s Key plans

Re: QADRI: OMB will likely side with Minto on Potter’s Key road access

“If prolonging the process is the best that can be done when developers exercise their influence over City Hall – than that’s what we need to do, and that’s what we need our elected representative to continue to do.”

It’s great for “traffic specialists” to say from their office towers downtown that the community can support a specific amount of traffic based on their “transportation modelling”, however they do not LIVE here, they don’t pay taxes on property here, and their lives certainly won’t be impacted by any changes to our community.
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QADRI: OMB will likely side with Minto on Potter’s Key road access

“I can lobby my council colleagues to support me and the community in opposing this development… Based on my experience with developments going before the OMB and given that the City and Transportation experts support the current plan it would be very unlikely that the OMB would not allow the development to go forward…”

EDITOR’S NOTE: Councillor Shad Qadri responded on Facebook today to resident comments about Hazeldean Road access to the proposed Potter’s Key subdivision.

The temporary connection would be made through the site on Hazeldean Road and would connect into the road network of the development so this would be through an area of land that is shown to have residential development (the exact location has not been confirmed), after the timelines expires then they could develop those lots.

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Minto proposes gravel road access from Potter’s Key to Hazeldean

Councillor Shad Qadri provided an update today about the ongoing negotiations between Minto and city staff over the proposed Potter’s Key development.

The development would be located between Echowoods and Jackson Trails, and residents in those existing communities have voiced a number of concerns about the proposal.  One of the big beefs is about a lack of road access from Hazeldean Road.

Minto’s original plans for the subdivision included road access to Hazeldean, but that’s been dropped. Minto doesn’t own the land the road would go through, and hasn’t been able to negotiate a sale with the landowner. Continue reading


Bee hives go missing from Arcadia neighbourhood

A pair of bee hives — each one containing up to 15,000 bees – were taken from a field near the Arcadia subdivision in Kanata before Christmas, and their owner is asking the public for help find them.

Here’s part of an email interview with Marianne Gee, one of the owners of Dunrobin-based Gees Bees Honey Company. Continue reading


Minto’s Potter’s Key goes to Planning Committee February 23

Councillor Shad Qadri posted a note to several local Facebook groups today about the next step for Minto’s proposed Potter’s Key subdivision.

Residents packed a public meeting back in November to air their concerns about the development, particularly around the lack of direct road access to Hazeldean Road, and the impact the development would have on the Echowoods and Jackson Trails communities.  City staff asked Minto to provide additional traffic data.  (A map of the plan presented in November is pictured above.) Continue reading


QADRI: Potter’s Key tree cutting

From Councillor Shad Qadri:

“Earlier today I was advised by Minto Homes that they will be undertaking tree clearing today to remove the permitted trees on their commercial parcel of land fronting Hazeldean Road for the purposes of the Potter’s Key sales office. They do have a tree cutting permit (issued September 3, 2015) that allows Minto to remove a portion of the trees on the parcel. Minto Homes, their tree contractor and a City Forester met today to stack out the limit of the tree clearing as per the permit. Minto Homes advised they would be starting at noon today and should be completed by late Thursday or early Friday of this week.

Discussions are still ongoing with respect this proposed development and no final decisions have been made at this time. I will continue to update the community through my community e-column on this development and you may visit my website at the following link for more information.”


Where to see great Christmas lights in Stittsville

(Above: Christmas lights on Renshaw Avenue, 2014. Photo by Barry Gray.)

Have you noticed the Christmas stars along Stittsville Main Street?  They’re looking a lot brighter this year thanks to the Stittsville Lions Club and a donation from Minto.

Minto kicked in about $1,300 that helped pay for new garland and new lights for the 17 stars that adorn the lamp posts along Main.  It’s been at least 15 years since they first were put up and this is the first time they’ve been refurbished. Continue reading


City staff asks Minto for more traffic data for Potter’s Key

Here’s an update from Councillor Shad Qadri on Minto’s proposed Potter’s Key development.

Discussions have continued with City staff, Minto Homes and myself regarding the proposed Potter’s Key residential subdivision to be located the communities of Jackson Trails and Echowoods.

City staff have provided a summary letter with an overall status update of various issues of concern to the community surrounding Potters Key.  In addition to this information City staff have requested that Minto provide the following items over the next several weeks:

  • License plate survey of traffic passing through Lloydalex and echowoods to determine current shortcutting issues.
  • Review of other subdivisions with a similar mix of units to determine and “real world test” the trip generation rates as used in the traffic analysis for potters key.
  • Review of similar collector road situations in the City with traffic volumes similar to those forecast for Kimpton and Echowoods.

In addition staff will be reviewing requirements for future traffic impacts including measures to limit short-cutting, traffic calming on Kimpton, and any on and off site traffic improvements necessary to mitigate any impact from the increased volume.

In addition, staff are continuing to work on other elements of the plan, including park design and selection of unit types within the plan, including those backing along Overland.

The fact that the proposed development is still missing a direct connection to Hazeldean Road is still a major concern and I will be continuing to pursue this item further with City Staff and Minto Homes.

For more information on this proposed development please visit my website here .


Over 100 Echowoods residents sign petition against Minto development

(Photo: Over 100 residents signed a petition against the traffic plan for Potter’s Key.  The image has been blurred to protect the privacy of residents.)

Echowoods resident Chris Levesque could have spent yesterday’s sunny Sunday afternoon putting up his Christmas lights.  Instead, he helped collect over 100 signatures on a petition against Minto’s traffic plan for the proposed Potter’s Key subdivision. Continue reading