Community News Returns to Stittsville Doorsteps!

Residents may have noticed a special delivery in their mailboxes earlier this week.

 

Last fall, after the disappointing news broke regarding the closure of Metroland community newspapers such as the Stittsville News, a team of dedicated individuals rallied together to see what could be done to replace this important staple within our communities. Now, the first edition of the Kanata Stittsville Community Voice is officially hot off the presses!

That’s right! The Community Newspaper is back!

 

The paper sports a fresh new look and aims to highlight interesting news stories about the community and the people who live in it. Publications will take place every two weeks and be delivered to all residences within both the Kanata and Stittsville boundaries by Canada Post.

 

Community news is important. It brings people within an area closer together by providing stories worth sharing about neighbours, friends, and loved ones!

 

I would like to provide my sincere thanks to the team of people who helped to make this new paper a reality: publisher, Michael Wollock; and editor, Patrick Ugoccioni. Rounding out the writing team is former Kanata/West Carleton journalist, Jessica Cunha and Stittsville local/former editor-in-chief of the Stittsville News, John Curry!

 

It is great to see a community news presence back in the community. Thank you all for all of your hard work and commitment to providing quality news stories every day.

 

I encourage all residents to pick up their copy in the mail this week and give it a read through! Who knows? There may be a story about someone you know!

Bradley-Craig Barn Update

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Earlier in the year, I updated the community regarding plans for the future of the Bradley-Craig barn. As residents may be aware, there was substantial discussion regarding the barn two years ago when the owner, Richcraft Group of Companies, requested permission from the City for the barn to be relocated to Saunders Farm within a two-year timeframe. That did not come to pass, however, Richcraft announced their plans late last month to secure a tenant to maintain the barn in its present location. With this news, concerns remained regarding the structural integrity of the barn.

 

Now, I am happy to share that Richcraft will be completing the necessary work to sustain the barn. Richcraft understands how important this landmark is to us and over the past couple of years I have worked alongside the City’s Heritage Department and the company to ensure its historical significance is respected.

 

The majority of the deficiencies identified by By-Law Services as per the City’s Property Standards By-Law have now been addressed, however, as they were not addressed within the required timelines, at a legal hearing earlier this week, Richcraft plead guilty to the charges and agreed to pay a fine of $1600.

 

It is important to note that whether or not the barn will be re-painted remains under review.

 

I will continue to update residents with new information as I receive it. If you have some ideas or contacts that you think might be a good fit, please reach out to me at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca. Thank you.

Thank You to Stittsville’s Outdoor Rink Operators

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As the warmer weather draws the City’s Outdoor Rink program to its close for another year, I wanted to take a moment to thank all of the individuals who work hard each year to volunteer their time in ensuring the outdoor rinks in Stittsville are operational every winter season.

It’s not always easy to get up in -30 degree weather to flood the ice at 2:00 AM or to be the first to shovel the morning after a heavy snowfall; and it takes a great deal of effort to maintain the quality of ice and cleanliness of the changing huts for everyone in the community.

These committed volunteers work hard to bring the community together and often do so for the sheer love of what they do without expecting any particular thanks.

So for all that you do and on behalf of the community, I would like to provide a special thanks to:

  • Marc Servant ~ Bandmaster Park
  • Robert Lemoine and Greg Joy ~ Bryanston Gate Park
  • Andre Godin ~ Coyote Park
  • Scott MacLeod ~ Crossing Bridge Park
  • Susan Bolla ~ Mary Durling Park
  • The Jackson Trails Community Association ~ Pioneer Plains Park
  • Josh Fudge ~ Ralph Street Park
  • Jasmin Breton ~ Trustee M. Curry Park
  • Tom Rivett ~ Upcountry Park

As way of saying thanks, the City will be hosting a special outdoor rink volunteer appreciation breakfast this Saturday, February 24th; I hope that all of Stittsville’s operators and their families are able to attend.

The outdoor rink program would not be possible without your continued dedication. Thank you.

Potter’s Key Connections to Jackson Trails

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The first homeowners in Potter’s Key Subdivision are scheduled to move in on March 5 on Geranium Walk. Minto Homes intends to open the road connections from their development to the Jackson Trails subdivision at Kimpton Drive and Bandelier Way, as shown here. The opening of these connections is scheduled for the morning of March 5. The third connection at Eagle Crest Heights will be open by the end of April and the Kimpton Drive connection to Echo Woods will be sometime after that.

 

The construction road access on Hazeldean Road will remain open and Minto Homes will continue to direct their trades to use this access. I have requested Minto Homes ensure all their contractors and the sub-contractors are aware they are not permitted to use the existing residential streets.

 

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact my office and Domenic Idone, Director, Land Development, Minto Homes at Didone@minto.com or 613-786-7922.

Committee of Adjustment Application for 12 & 14 Manchester, 6191 & 6195 Abbott W

The City’s Committee of Adjustment will be considering some planning applications pertaining to Stittsville. The meeting is open to the public and will be held on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, starting at 9:00 a.m. at Ben Franklin Place, The Chamber, Main Floor, 101 Centrepointe Drive.  For more information, please visit here and scroll down to the meeting date.

 

The Owner has submitted an application to demolish the existing dwelling at 12 Manchester and construct four, one-storey detached dwellings, as shown on plans filed with the Committee. As noted on the legal description, the property consists of four full lots on a Plan of Subdivision. The Consent of the Committee is not required to facilitate the construction of the four proposed dwellings. The property is located here and residents in the immediate area of the site have been notified.

 

In order to proceed, the Owner requires the Authority of the Committee for Minor Variances from the Zoning By-law as follows:

A-00024: (12) Manchester Street, (Lot 12) on the Plan of Survey filed with the applications, proposed detached dwelling.

  • To permit a reduced lot width of 17.68 metres whereas the By-law requires a minimum lot width of 20 metres.
  • To permit a reduced lot area of 558 square metres whereas the By-law requires a minimum lot area of 600 square metres.

 

A-00025: (14) Manchester Street (Lot 11) on the plan filed, proposed detached dwelling.

  • To permit a reduced lot width of 17.68 metres whereas the By-law requires a minimum lot width of 20 metres.
  • To permit a reduced lot area of 558 square metres whereas the By-law requires a minimum lot area of 600 square metres.

 

A-00026: (6191) Abbott Street West (Lot 5) on the plan filed, proposed detached dwelling

  • To permit a reduced lot width of 17.69 metres whereas the By-law requires a minimum lot width of 20 metres.
  • To permit a reduced lot area of 558 square metres whereas the By-law requires a minimum lot area of 600 square metres.

A-00027: (6195) Abbott Street West (Lot 6) on the plan filed, proposed detached dwelling

  • To permit a reduced lot width of 17.69 metres whereas the By-law requires a minimum lot width of 20 metres.
  • To permit a reduced lot area of 558 square metres whereas the By-law requires a minimum lot area of 600 square metres

195 Huntmar Lands Work Underway

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I would like to remind residents that work is underway at the development site at 195 Huntmar.

 

Earlier in January, I advised residents that tree clearing would be taking place in the area highlighted in blue on the Property Location Map (see below).

 

For more background information on this item please visit my website here.

I would like to remind residents to please exercise caution and avoid this area.  I know some residents enjoy walking in these areas but please remember all the lands in this area are private property. Thank you.

Last Week to Apply for Summer Employment Opportunities with the City!

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The Ottawa 2018 Summer Student Employment Program will be accepting online applications until February 28, 2018.

 

If you are interested in taking on exciting challenges and making a difference in your community, explore the City of Ottawa’s summer job opportunities in a wide range of fields!

 

I highly encourage all eligible youth to consider applying for a great future career improving the City you live in! The City of Ottawa would like to extend a thank you to all those who apply, however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

 

For more information and to apply, please visit https://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/jobs-city/summer-employment-recruitment

 

Looking for more opportunities? You can also check out positions from the Federal Student Work Experience Program at https://www.canada.ca/en/public-service-commission/jobs/services/recruitment/students/federal-student-work-program.html or Ontario student job positions at https://www.gojobs.gov.on.ca/Pages/SEODatesAndResources.aspx

Stittsville OC Transpo Open House

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I am happy to invite residents to a public information session and open house on March 22nd at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex to discuss OC Transpo service in Stittsville.

The Director of OC Transpo Transit Customer Systems and Planning, Pat Scrimgeour, will be on desk answering customer questions/concerns and providing a short presentation on transit service in suburban wards.

The meeting will take place in Hall A at the GRC (1500 Shea Road) and will run from approximately 6:00-9:00 PM.

Residents are asked to RSVP by email to me at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca or visit https://shadqadri.com/rsvp-to-oc-transpo-information-session-open-house/

More information will be provided in my newsletter closer to the date. I hope to see you there!

Coldest Night of the Year Walk

The Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre is hosting the Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) fundraiser WALK for Chrysalis House on February 24th. Chrysalis House is a 25-bed shelter in western Ottawa for women and their dependents fleeing violence in the home.

CNOY is a 2, 5 and 10 km winter walk-a-thon starting at the Kanata Recreation Complex at 5:30 p.m. (registration starts at 4:30 p.m.). A hot, light meal is served between 6:00-8:00. Sign up to walk or to start a team by following the link here.

For more information, please visit https://cnoy.org/location/kanata or call 613-591-3686 ext. 286.

March Break Camps at the Goulbourn Museum

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The Goulbourn Museum has a wonderful line-up of craft workshops planned for March Break.

Workshops take place from 1-4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, Wednesday March 14, and Thursday, March 15 for children aged 6-11.

Camps cost $25 per day or $65 for all three workshops (snacks and materials are included). Kits’ Club members’ rate is $20 per day.

Call 613-831-2393 or email register@goulbournmuseum.ca to sign up.

It is important to note that due to ongoing renovations at the Museum, March Break Craft Camp will be held at the Goulbourn Municipal Building located at 2135 Huntley Rd., Stittsville.

For more information, please visit https://mailchi.mp/e530e9a323a2/march-break-craft-camp?e=[UNIQID]