Fernbank Community Design Plan

The Fernbank Community is proposed to encompass approximately 650 hectares of land between the established communities of Stittsville and Kanata South. This site is located north of Fernbank Road, West of Shea Road and Iber Road, east of the Carp River and south of Hazeldean Road.

The objective of the Community Design Plan (CDP) is to create a blueprint that will help shape the Fernbank Community as a liveable community with a land use plan, a parks and recreation plan, an open space plan, an infrastructure plan, and design guidelines.

This development will impact the existing Stittsville community as it will substantially increase the population in the area. The development of these lands will also increase infrastructure and services to residents, such as:

  •  Anumber of proposed elementary schools from all Ottawa public school boards and three proposed secondary school boards have expressed interest (Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, Ottawa Catholic School Board and Le Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est);

  •  Plans include the development of a district park whichwill include recreational facilities based on public consultation and programming at existing recreation complexes (ex:arena, swimming pool, soccer field and other recreational facilities). There are also a number of community and neighbourhood parks and recreational pathways;

  •  Transportation infrastructure will also benefit Stittsville with the development of the North-South Arterial Road. This road will run from Fernbank Rd to Hazeldean Rd and eventually onwards to the Palladium Dr. Highway 417 interchange. The North-South Arterial Road when completed will be 4 lanes and will provide a bypass to the east of Stittsville. It is assumed that a key primary condition of development will be early implementation of the first two lanes of the North-South Arterial between Hazeldean Road and Fernbank Road. The Fernbank CDP also plans for Abbott St. W. to be extended eastbound and will connect to the North-South Arterial Road.

In 2009 the Fernbank CDP was approved by City Council and landowners can now move forward and submitdevelopment applications to the City. The timing of the development is ultimately up to the primary developers of the site.

To view the planning applications that have been submitted in the Fernbank CDP area please visit the Residential Development and Commercial Development sections of my website.