Stittsville South Residential Development

 

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The Planning and Growth Management Department has approved the Draft Plan of Subdivision submitted by Novatech on behalf of Thomas Cavanagh Construction Ltd. and Stittsville South Inc. subject to the development conditions.

The applicant has submitted a zoning application for this development which will be considered to the City’s Planning Committee on February 9,  2016.

Stittsville South Rezoning Coming to Planning Committee

City of Ottawa will be considering the Zoning By-law Amendment proposal for the Stittsville South development on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at the Planning Committee. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Champlain Room, City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa. The staff report recommends that Planning Committee and Council approve the rezoning.

The proposed subdivision was draft approved on August 19th, 2015. The draft plan of subdivision is compromised of 650 residential units, two park blocks and a block for a stormwater management pond. As per the conditions of draft approval, a zoning bylaw amendment is required.

The site is currently zoned Rural Residential Subzone 2 (RR2 Zone) and Rural Countryside Zone (RU Zone). The applicant is proposing to rezone the lands to Residential First Density Subzone V (R1V Zone), Residential First Density Subzone V with exception for a 5m no-touch zone (R1V with exception), Residential First Density Subzone Z (R1Z Zone), Residential First Density Subzone Z with exception for a 5m no-touch zone (R1Z with exception), Residential Third Density Subzone Z (R3Z), Residential Fourth Density Subzone Z (R4Z) and Parks and Open Space Zone (O1). The R1V and R1Z zones will permit single detached dwellings only. The R3Z zone will allow townhouse units. The R4Z zone will allow low rise apartments of four storeys. The O1 zone is for two parks and a stormwater management pond.

You are welcome to attend the meeting and present your views, please find the agenda here and you can also listen live online through the City’s website.  To register to speak at Planning Committee or provide comments please contact the Committee Coordinator, Melody Duffenais at Melody.Duffenais@ottawa.ca.

Stittsville South Development Timeline

Please find below the letter provided to nearby residents by The Regional Group and Thomas Cavanagh Construction Limited in regards to the construction timelines for Stittsville South Residential Development.

2015-12-22 Notice to Neighbours

Re: Site Works and Schedule

As you are probably aware, the lands civically known as the ‘Area 6 lands’ (located south of Hartsmere Drive & Friendly Crescent and north of Woodside Acres community) were approved by the City to proceed with the creation of a new residential subdivision that contains a mix of single detached homes, townhomes and terrace homes, along with two parks, a stormwater management pond and several pathway connections.

In order to develop the site a number of things will happen that you should be aware of over the next coming weeks, months and year.

  • From early-January to mid-March 2016 – tree removal and site clearing activities will proceed over the entire site. These activities will follow all requirements identified in the Tree Permit issued by the City. Any trees intended to be preserved will have tree protection fencing installed around them.
    • What to Expect? Construction fencing will be instilled along the perimeter. Some noise from machinery taking down trees, earth movement/hauling, truck movement.
  • From mid-March to early-September 2016 – construction of the sewers, watermain, roads and the storm water management pond.
    • What to Expect? Rock blasting, continued truck movement, hauling of rock, heavy machinery.
  • From early-September into the 2017- new house construction.
    • Delivery of material and normal house construction practices.

Note, all access to the site will be directed to Stittsville Main Street. No trucks are to use any local streets. If you do come across violators please report them to eoconnor@regionalgroup.com . All construction activity will fall within the permitted working hours by the City of Ottawa as set out in the City’s Noise By-law No. 2004-253.

Erin O’Connor

Development Planner

The Regional Group

Tree Removal Permit

In December 2015 the General Manager of Planning and Growth Management has approved a Tree Permit to allow tree removal in the Stittsville South subdivision (File No. D07-16-13-0033), as of January 4, 2016 with conditions listed in the permit.  Tree Permit – 1845-1921 Stittsville Main (Area 6).  For any questions regarding this permission, please contact Forester, Martha Copestake, at Martha.Copestake@ottawa.ca or 613 580 2424 x17922.

Application Information

This site has been referred to as Stittsville South and Area 6 and is municipally known as 1845, 1877, 1883 and 1921 Stittsville Main Street, Part of 6070 Fernbank Road, Part of 5993 Flewellyn Road, and one additional unaddressed contiguous parcel.  The application file number is D07-16-13-0033.

The site is the western portion of the lands within the Stittsville South Urban Expansion Area (Area 6). Surrounding the property, to the north is the Upcountry/West Wind Farms subdivision and to the west across Stittsville Main Street is the Traditions/Harris Lands subdivision.  To the south is the Woodside Acres country estate. To the east is the remaining land of the Urban Expansion Area 6, this site is known as the Area 6 East (Davidson’s land) and a development application was recently submitted by Tartan Homes for these lands at the address of 5970 Fernbank Road (File number D02-02-15-0041 & D07-16-15-0008).

Over the years there has been a large amount of discussion regarding this proposed development and concerns have been expressed by residents in Upcountry/West Wind Farms Community and Woodside Acres.  I am pleased that the following conditions have been included in this development as this should assist in addressing some of the concerns that were raised.  I can appreciate that this is still not be ideal for all residents but I do feel a compromise was found.

  • No construction traffic of any kind will access this subdivision using Hartsmere Drive any time during the construction.  There will also be no construction traffic using Poplarwood as there will not be a road connecting to this street.
  • Street Twelve and Street Thirteen will remain closed between Hartsmere Drive and Street One until such time as a collector road connecting to either Fernbank Road and/or Shea Road through the Area 6 East land (aka Davidson’s land) is available.
  • The owner will be required to install barriers and signage preventing vehicular access to this section of the road. These barriers will be designed to allow for emergency vehicles to access the subdivision, all to the satisfaction of the General Manager of Planning and Growth Management.
  • Prior to a road connection through the Area 6 East land (aka Davidson’s land) to Fernbank Road and/or Shea Road as shown on is constructed, no more than 350 building permits will be issued within this subdivision. Prior to the aforementioned collector road is connected, the Owner may request additional 50 building permits once 250 units are occupied and a traffic count is conducted for the intersection of Stittsville Main and Street One/West Ridge that confirms there is available capacity.
  • The Owner agrees to construct (and enter into cost sharing agreements with the other land owner) a collector road connecting to Fernbank Road and/or Shea Road through the Area 6 East land (aka Davidson’s land), under the circumstances that the aforementioned collector road is not built by the other land owner of Area 6 East land (aka Davidson’s land).

Overview of the changes made to the Plan of Subdivision since original submission Dec 2013

Unit Count

  • The number of detached dwellings within the proposed subdivision has been increased to meet the City’s unit mix requirements.  The total number of high density units has been increased in order to achieve the minimum density requirement of 34 units/net ha, as set out in the City’s Official Plan.  The table below provides a summary of the unit count changes from the previous Draft Plan submissions and the revised May 2015 submission:
Draft Plan Detached Dwellings Townhouses Terrace Homes/Apartments Total Units
Original Submitted  December 2013 309(47.5%) 269(41.4%) 72(11.1%) 650
Revised SubmissionOctober 2014 300(43.8%) 242(35.4%) 142(20.8%) 684
Revised Submission May 2015 338(52.0%) 160(24.6%) 152(23.4%) 650

Roads & Access

  • Street One has been redesigned to a collector standard with a 20-metre right-of-way and sidewalks on both sides of the street.
  • The easterly road connection to Hartsmere Drive has been moved to the block across from the existing park on Hartsmere.  Shifting this connection will maintain neighbourhood continuity, while minimizing the potential for cut-through traffic on Arrowwood Drive and minimizing potential conflicts with the existing school on Hartsmere Drive.

SWM & Parks

  • The revised Draft Plan meets the total parkland requirement for the proposed development (2.17 ha required, 2.18 ha provided).  The westerly park has increased in size. The easterly park has been reconfigured and relocated to abut the SWM pond, providing a regular shape with good visibility and frontage from two public streets.
  • The SWM pond has been enlarged and reconfigured to address City engineering comments.

If you have any questions or comments on this application please feel free to contact myself and the City Planner, Lily Xu at 613-580-2424 ext 27505 or Lily.Xu@ottawa.ca .

For more information you can review the reports by searching the City’s development applications website at www.ottawa.ca/devapps

Stittsville South Zoning By-law Report Planning Committee February 8 2016

Stittsville South Zoning By-law Application Summary

Stittsville South Approved Plan of Subdivision

Stittsville South Approved Conditions

Stittsville South 3rd Submission Demonstration Plan Spring 2015
Stittsville South Meeting Presentation June 3, 2015
Stittsville South 3rd Submission 2015 – Draft Plan
Stittsville South Meeting Pres March 4 2014
Stittsville South Meeting Minutes March 4 2014
Stittsville South Plan of Subdivision 2014
Stittsville South Demonstration Plan
Stittsville South Application Summary 2014

Stittsville South Rezoning Coming to Planning Committee

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City of Ottawa will be considering the Zoning By-law Amendment proposal for the Stittsville South development on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at the Planning Committee. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Champlain Room, City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa. The staff report recommends that Planning Committee and Council approve the rezoning.

The proposed subdivision was draft approved on August 19th, 2015. The draft plan of subdivision is compromised of 650 residential units, two park blocks and a block for a stormwater management pond. As per the conditions of draft approval, a zoning bylaw amendment is required.

The site is currently zoned Rural Residential Subzone 2 (RR2 Zone) and Rural Countryside Zone (RU Zone). The applicant is proposing to rezone the lands to Residential First Density Subzone V (R1V Zone), Residential First Density Subzone V with exception for a 5m no-touch zone (R1V with exception), Residential First Density Subzone Z (R1Z Zone), Residential First Density Subzone Z with exception for a 5m no-touch zone (R1Z with exception), Residential Third Density Subzone Z (R3Z), Residential Fourth Density Subzone Z (R4Z) and Parks and Open Space Zone (O1). The R1V and R1Z zones will permit single detached dwellings only. The R3Z zone will allow townhouse units. The R4Z zone will allow low rise apartments of four storeys. The O1 zone is for two parks and a stormwater management pond.

You are welcome to attend the meeting and present your views, please find the agenda here and you can also listen live online through the City’s website.  To register to speak at Planning Committee or provide comments please contact the Committee Coordinator, Melody Duffenais at Melody.Duffenais@ottawa.ca.  I encourage you to also provided your comments to Councillor Scott Moffatt at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca  and myself at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca .

Public Meeting: Proposed Retirement Residence on former Flea Market lands

 

The City of Ottawa has received a Site Plan application for 6176 Hazeldean Road (File Number D07-12-15-0201).  The site is the location of the former Stittsville Flea Market bordered by Hazeldean Rd. to the north and Neil Ave. to the south. The applicant is proposing a five-storey retirement residence in two phases. Phase 1 will consist of 173 units and Phase 2 of 57 units. 110 parking spaces are being proposed.  For more information please visit my website here.

Residents in the area have raised transportation concerns with plans for this development and I am working to address these concerns with the community. A public meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 9 starting at 6pm at the Stittsville Library Branch located at 1637 Stittsville Main Street.   

Ash Woodlot Rehabilitation Program Ladybird Park at 65 Sirocco Crescent in the Timbermere Subdivision

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The City is continuing with its removal of Ash trees as a result of the Emerald Ash Borer.  The removal area for this location is 0.7 hectares, and is concentrated on removing hazardous trees along the edge of the pathways and behind the homes.

For public safety reasons, identified areas of the park and pathways will be closed to the public during all ash tree removals.

Site preparation timing (debris/brush clean-up, invasive species control, etc): Winter and spring 2016

Maintained areas of the park will be cleared of small woody debris once the snow has melted and conditions are dry enough for equipment access.

Wood is good! Small to medium sized wood pieces within the woodlot are to remain on site to provide habitat for a wide range of wildlife and invertebrates, to retain growing sites for plants and fungi, to supply a slow release of nutrients to the soil, to absorb and retain moisture for the benefit of newly planted trees, to minimize soil compaction and to deter woodlot users away from newly planted sites.

Reforestation timing will commence in Fall 2016 planting season and the area of 0.7ha will be reforested. Typical reforestation species that will be considered are: red maple, sugar maple, silver maple, serviceberry, hackberry, white pine, burr oak, red oak, American elder, white cedar, basswood, nannyberry, large tooth aspen, trembling aspen, dogwood and speckled alder.

The Emerald Ash Borer is a non-native, highly destructive wood-boring beetle that feeds under the bark of ash trees. All species of ash are susceptible to attack, except mountain ash, which is not a true ash species. Since it was first identified in Michigan in 2002, EAB has killed millions of ash trees in Ontario and many parts of the United States. It poses a major economic and environmental threat to urban and forested areas. It was confirmed in Ottawa in 2008 and its impacts can be clearly seen spreading from the St. Laurent area. Since the insect spends most of its lifecycle under the bark of trees, it can be easily moved with firewood or other tree materials such as nursery stock, logs, brush and larger wood chips. This insect is able to fly, but since its spread has been primarily along major highways and transport routes, it is clear that humans are the main vector of dispersal.

To learn more about the Emerald Ash Bore and the City’s strategy you can visit here

Temporary Traffic Calming Measures

In 2015 the City of Ottawa, Traffic Services Branch, initiated a pilot project of Temporary (seasonal) Traffic Calming (TTC) treatments on a number of local and collector streets. The TTC treatment refers to the installation of flexible delineator signs or flex-stakes, on the centerline of a roadway, typically within school or playground areas.

 

The initial results showed the effectiveness of the TTC devices in reducing speed and increasing driver compliance with the posted speed limit. As the treatments are seasonal only, they were implemented in late June 2015 and were removed by December 2015.

 

Ward

 

Councillor

Total 2015 Expenditure ($)
1 Monette 12,908
2 Mitic 4,895
3 Harder 1,764
4 Wilkinson 5,501
5 El-Chantiry 0
6 Qadri 7,053
7 Taylor 2,087
8 Chiarelli 0
9 Egli 14,226
10 Deans 16,680
11 Tierney 2,572
12 Fleury 14,268
13 Nussbaum 0
14 McKenney 8,851
15 Leiper 960
16 Brockington 3,859
17 Chernushenko 3,799
18 Cloutier 9,295
19 Blais 22,315
20 Darouze 27,220
21 Moffat 1,392
22 Qaqish 13,124
23 Hubley 3,341
Grand Total 176,102

 

The City of Ottawa’s Strategic Plan and the accompanying Strategic Initiatives were approved by Council in July, and the Department established the management of the program in August.

 

The total expenditure for Ottawa’s 23 wards equalled $176,102 of which Ward Six, Stittsville, utilized $7,053. Wards were allotted a maximum expenditure of $40,000 each which will be accrued into the 2016 calendar year.

Between August and December, most Councillors purchased, ordered, and/or installed several traffic calming measures, including the following:

– Centreline flex stake delineators

– Speed pavement markings

– Speed display boards

– Planter boxes

– Cyclo-zone delineators to create chicanes (artificial narrowing of a roadway)

 

The three streets in Stittsville that participated in the TTC Program received the following speed data as a result of the TTC project;

 

 

 

 

Kittiwake

Pre TTC project, operating speed 56km/h, 7% compliance to posted 40km/h speed limit; During TTC project, operating speed 37km/h, 94% compliance to 40km/h speed limit;
Hartsmere

Pre TTC project, operating speed 48km/h, 54% compliance to posted 40km/h speed limit; During TTC project, operating speed 45km/h, 63% compliance to 40km/h speed limit;

 

Fringewood

Pre TTC project, operating speed 53km/h, 18% compliance to posted 40km/h speed limit; During TTC project, operating speed 47km/h, 57% compliance to 40km/h speed limit;

This TTC project is a very low cost solution to speeding, that can be installed very easily and does not require any costly modifications to the roadway

 

In addition to these three streets;  Liard, Hartsmere, Hobin and two sections of  Westridge Drive (Deer Run and Coyote Park areas) participated this past season.  Once the results are available I will share this information with the community.

 

It should be noted that although 3 wards were unable to finalize purchases by December 31, all Councillors had identified locations for review and implementation prior to the end of 2015. Since most of the temporary traffic calming measures, such as flex stakes, must be removed for the winter season, many of the initiatives were either installed for a short period of time or put on hold until spring 2016. Approximately 80 additional locations were identified for review and implementation in late 2015 for seasonal measures. The remaining funds will carry forward to 2016.

 

Currently, the Temporary Traffic Calming Program Coordinators are meeting with each Councillor to determine the plan for installing temporary traffic calming measures in 2016. Upon completion of these meetings, action plans will be developed and will include details on costs and timing of installation. The plans will include measures funded under both 2015 and 2016 funding envelopes.

Furthermore, Councillors will receive updates on the status of their action plans and any relevant data that is ascertained from the field.

 

For any suggestions or inquiries regarding the Temporary Traffic Calming Program, please don’t hesitate to contact me at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca.

S.T.E.P. into Road Safety

2016-step-theme-engThe Ottawa Police Service is proud to be part of the Safer Roads Ottawa Program and is a leading partnership between the City of Ottawa, Fire Services, Paramedic Service, Public Health and Public Works Department.

Ottawa’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (S.T.E.P.) is implemented under the banner of Safer Roads Ottawa. Each month, two traffic safety priorities (themes) are highlighted for additional enforcement.

The Ottawa Police Traffic Enforcement Unit recently gained 18 new police officers to make our city’s roads safer for everyone. The addition of these officers is a significant component of the City’s Safer Roads Ottawa Program.

The program aims to:

  • Reduce collisions on Ottawa’s roads
  • Raise public awareness of road safety issues.
  • Integrate the work of City departments responsible for road safety.
  • Improve communication, cooperation and collaboration among road safety agencies.

The program is based on a “3E” approach: Engineering, Education and Enforcement.

  • Engineering to improve road safety through the use of improved techniques in designing traffic signs, signals and roads.
  • Education to help equip all road users with the necessary skills to travel safely on our roadways.
  • Enforcement to increase road users awareness of the law and to realize the results of failing to obey it.

For the month of February, please ensure to use additional caution when thinking about vehicle occupant restraints and take an extra moment to stop for red lights.

For more information, please visit the Ottawa Police Department website here.

Bradley Craig Barn

This past Wednesday Ottawa City Council approved the application to move the Bradley Craig Barn to Saunders Farm.  Council in addition supported the motion that I had put forward at Planning Committee on January 26th which included a number of conditions associated with the move.

 

For background information on why I have supported the relocation of Bradley Craig Barn from Hazeldean Road to Saunders Farm you can visit here.

 

I would like to thank all the residents and staff who have been involved in this file.

 

The Bradley Craig barn is part of the Bradley Craig farmstead, a property consisting of the large dairy barn, a Gothic Revival style brick farmhouse and the associated farm yard. The property is located at 590 Hazeldean Road between Terry Fox Drive and Iber Road.  The property owner submitted an application to demolish the Bradley/Craig Barn and reconstruct it approximately 20 kilometers away at Saunders Farm.

Goulbourn Recreation Complex Legal Review

Here is the most recent update from our City’s legal staff in relation to the motion that I put forward requesting a legal review of the potential for the City to seek compensation, in relation to the remediation works that were required to be carried out at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex,  regarding the swimming pool. The remediation work commenced in fall of 2013. Based on the detailed information below Staff have recommended that no further legal action be taken on this matter.

On Tuesday February 2nd, the Finance and Economic Development Committee (FEDCO) will receive the  Comprehensive Legal Services Report for the Period July 1 to December 31, 2015 which includes the GRC review starting on page 13.    The agenda for the committee meeting can also  be found here.

Goulbourn Recreation Complex Legal Review

 

On June 11th, 2014, City Council approved a recommendation by the Finance and Economic Development Committee for the allocation of $4 million from the City-Wide Reserve to fund increased remediation works for the Goulbourn Recreation Complex. The report (ACS2014-PAI-INF-0006) detailed the fact that those additional works were necessitated by deterioration of some structural elements of the building caused by water infiltration into the building envelope. Concurrent with the consideration of that Report, the City Clerk and Solicitor undertook to review whether all or a portion of the costs of the remedial works might be recovered by any of the external contractors or consultants involved in the design and/or construction of the Goulbourn Recreation Complex.

 

In keeping with that undertaking, the City Clerk and Solicitor retained external counsel to conduct a comprehensive review all of the background documentation and circumstances in the matter with a view to determining whether the City might effectively advance a legal claim against any party to which responsibility for the deterioration of the Goulbourn Recreation Complex might be attributed. That review was completed in the latter portion of 2015.

 

Based on an analysis of all of the available documentation, as well as interviews with City staff, the review determined that the City did not have a reasonable likelihood of establishing liability against any of the parties potentially responsible for the problems that prompted the recent remediation of the Goulbourn Recreation Complex structure. This view was heavily influenced by the fact that similar problems had been identified shortly after the initial construction, which had prompted the City in June 2006 to pursue a $1 million action against the parties responsible for the design and construction of the facility. The settlement of that litigation and the execution of full and final releases between the City and the respective defendants effectively prevent the City from pursuing further litigation against those same parties. As well, the fact that evidence of water infiltration and corrosion had been discovered during a building assessment in 2010 suggests that any claim advanced by the City in 2014 would face a limitations defence on the part of any defendant that the City might pursue to recover the costs of the remedial works.

Statement of Claim Ottawa v MP Lundy et al Goulbourn Rec Complex 29 Jun 06

In light of the conclusions reached by the external legal review, and recognizing the significant costs associated with litigating older matters involving issues of engineering, design and construction (e.g. legal fees, expert opinions, etc.), the City Clerk and Solicitor determined that there was no reasonable likelihood of recovering all or a portion of the cost of the remediation works required for the Goulbourn Recreation Complex, from any other party and that commencing litigation might serve only to increase the overall cost to the City of the matter.

 

Should you have any questions regarding this update don’t not hesitate to contact my office.

 

Site Preparations underway on development lands

Chenier Property at 6270 Fernbank Road

 

Thomas Cavanagh Construction as advised that their tree clearing of this site is scheduled to commence on Monday February 1st, 2016.  A tree cutting permit has been issued by the City of Ottawa for this project and Cavanagh will be following the conditions associated with that permit.  Any concerns should be directed to the City.

 

 

Metric Homes Property at 950 Terry Fox Drive

 

The City has approved the application for tree removal for this site of approximately 14ha in size with most of the trees concentrated along Terry Fox.

 

A City Forester will be visiting these sites as the work is underway and please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.

Proposed Drive-Through Restaurant at 1251 Stittsville Main Street

The City of Ottawa has received a Site Plan application to permit the development of a new one storey restaurant with associated drive-through (File Number D07-12-15-0198).  Located at the northeast corner of Stittsville Main Street and Carp Road, the subject site is currently occupied by the Browns Your Independent Grocery Store.

The purpose of this application is to permit the development of a new one storey restaurant, with associated drive-through, within the southwest corner of the subject site. The tenants of the building have not been confirmed at the time.  The proposed building is to be located along Stittsville Main Street, so as to help define the street edge, and has been designed to reflect the ‘village’ character of the area. No additional vehicular accesses are proposed, parking will be shared with the existing retail food store, and the proposed drive-through has been located to the rear of the building.

 

The site is designated Traditional Mainstreet pursuant to the City of Ottawa Official Plan, Traditional Mainstreet within the Crossing Bridge Precinct in the Stittsville Main Street Secondary Plan and Community Design Plan, and is zoned Traditional Mainstreet Subzone 9, Exception 2270.  Please note that the City cannot dictate what specific business is established, but it will have the follow the City’s approved uses in the zoning by-law.

 

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

 

The public is encouraged to provide comments and questions by February 24th to myself and City Planner, Amanda Marsh at Amanda.Marsh@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2424, ext. 13409.