Stittsville Street Re-Naming

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Earlier this year in my column I advised the community that City Staff initiated a project to re-name a number of street names in Stittsville.

As a result of amalgamation there were many duplicate and similar sounding street names which can provide confusion to residents and present a safety risk to residents when confusion is caused by the City’s Emergency Services.

Stittsville has 6 street names that are similar and or identical to other streets within the City of Ottawa.  The decision to re-name these streets in Stittsville was made by comparing a number of characteristics of the streets.  You can review the comparison chart here.  The property owners of the affected streets who will be specifically affected were notified by mail earlier this year of the requirement to change their street name.

In their notice the residents were asked to provide suggestions for the new name for their street, and I also asked residents of Stittsville to provide suggestions in my column.  City staff reviewed all replacement street name suggestions and they were screened to ensure they are appropriate and meet the City’s standards.  Unfortunately a number of the suggested names did not meet the City’s screening process.  To review all the suggested names please review the Vetting Suggested Street Names June 2016 which identifies the reason why some suggested names were unable to be used.

After a thorough review by City staff the below suggestions were made for each street and a notice was recently delivered to all affected properties requesting that residents please provide their selection of the potential names.

Bell Street

Goulbourn Street

Elm Crescent

Long Meadow Way

Meadowland Drive

Walker Road – Renamed to Henry Walker Grove (This was a community suggestion and has already been approved and changed).

SUGGESTED NAMES

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If you live on one of the affected streets please make sure to provide your input.  Please note the deadline has been extended to July 11, 2016.

This all being said, I have heard from residents who are not pleased with the proposed names and I will continue to work with staff on this matter further.  If you have concerns or comments you can direct them myself and Rebecca Anderson, Program and Project Management Officer, with the Building Code Services Branch at rebecca.anderson@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2424, ext. 28121.