I am pleased to inform you that Village Square Park located at Abbott Street and Stittsville Main Street is one of three locations in Ottawa that the City is initiating zoning by-law amendments to permit farmers’ markets on City owned properties. The markets will be operated by Ottawa Farmers’ Markets as they have expressed an interested in expanding their markets in the City and would work with local farmers and residents in the operation of a market in Stittsville. The idea of a Farmers’ Market in Stittsville has been raised in the past and there have been some markets in the past in the community. The suggestion of Village Square Park as a location came forward when the Ottawa Farmers’ Market approached me with the idea to operate a market in this location. I am very pleased with this proposal and look forward to market making its roots in Stittsville.
The subject lands are currently zoned O1- Open Space. It is proposed to rezone the lands to add an exception to permit a farmers’ market. The proposed market in Stittsville planned to operate on Fridays between June and October, noon to 6:00 pm. There would be 10 to 20 vendors at this location. Operation of the markets will be controlled through agreements between Ottawa Farmers’ Markets and the City of Ottawa.
The other two locations are the Byron Farmers’ Market, located on the south side of Richmond Road between Broadview Avenue and Golden Avenue and the Riverview Park and Ride, which is located on the south side of Earl Armstrong Road, east of River Road. It is anticipated that this re-zoning will come forward to the City’s Planning Committee on March 28 and to City Council on April 12.
For additional information I encourage you to review the application summary. To provide comments by January 21 or for more information, you may also contact myself and the City Planner, Carol Ruddy at Carol.Ruddy@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2424 x28457.