5960 Fernbank Road Proposed Commercial Development

The Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department has received a zoning by-law amendment (File No. D02-02-16-0063) application for the property at 5960 Fernbank Road. The site is located at the southwest intersection of Fernbank Road and Shea Road, adjacent to the Davidson Co-Tenancy subdivision, and is designated as Developing Community (Expansion Area) under the City of Ottawa Official Plan. The site is currently vacant with existing hydro towers and lines bisecting the property. The site is identified for commercial uses in the demonstration plan prepared for the development of the Developing Community (Expansion Area) lands known as Stittsville South (Area 6).

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The site is currently zoned Rural Countryside Zone (RU Zone). The applicant is proposing to rezone the lands to General Mixed Use Zone (GM Zone) in order to permit future commercial development consisting of a grocery store, two retail stores and a restaurant. The intention of the current concept plan is for a total of 5,511 square metres of retail space, consisting of a grocery store measuring 3,720 square metres and two retail stores measuring 1,278 and 513 square metres, as well as a restaurant of 550 square metres. A total of 331 parking spaces are proposed to accommodate the commercial uses. The applicant is also proposing modifications to the performance standards of the GM Zone including a reduction, from three metres to zero metres, in the required front yard and corner side yard setback, minimum width of landscaped area and minimum width of landscaped area around a parking lot.

5960 Fernbank Road Concept Plan

5960 Fernbank Application Summary

Additional reports are also available by searching the City’s development applications website at www.ottawa.ca/devapps

Comments are requested by September 29, 2016.

For more information and to provide comments please contact myself and City Planner Mike Schmidt Mike.Schmidt@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2476 ext. 13431.

Stittsville District Lions Club Committee of Adjustment Application

The Owner of the Stittsville District Lions Club building located at 1339 Stittsville Main Street wants to replace the existing covered building entrance with a new 4.19 m x 7.62 m front entrance addition to the existing mixed use building. The proposed addition will include a stairwell and an elevator to provide access to the basement level to serve a banquet hall, as shown on the plans filed with the Committee. In order to proceed, the Owner requires the Authority of the Committee for Minor Variances to the zoning of the property.

The minor variance application will be discussed at the City’s Committee of Adjustment on Wednesday, August 3, 2016, starting at 9:00 a.m., located at Ben Franklin Place, The Chamber, Main Floor, 101 Centrepointe Drive.  For the meeting agenda and for more information on the application please visit here.

Medical Marijuana Dispensary to Open in Stittsville

As some of you may be aware, Ottawa’s sixth medical marijuana dispensary, Magna Terra, was recently announced to open soon on Iber Road.

I feel it is important to state that while it is known to be our current Federal government’s plan to legalize marijuana sale in the near future, the drug – as well as its dispensaries – at the present time still remains illegal. To that end, I am not comfortable with an unlicensed business of this nature operating within our community at the present time.

Although I can appreciate the medicinal qualities and pain relief these products may offer, there are sufficient distribution channels and networks already available to receive those medications such as Tweed, a licensed mail-order dispensary based in Smiths Falls.

If/when these establishments obtain licenses, the federal government will put markers in terms of distribution that will facilitate operations. However, until that time, I will be working very closely with Ottawa Police Service and City of Ottawa By-Law departments to ensure that proper enforcement is in play.

I have been in contact with the owners and have been assured that this particular facility will include a doctor on site and should only be servicing people with pre-existing prescriptions for purchase. In my initial conversations with owner, Franco Vigile, I had mentioned to him to go and consult with our planning department and to hold a public consultation session before moving forward.

I have now been advised that once opened, the owners will be inviting the public in to see their operations as an open house setting with no displays of product.

Until that time, I will remain in communications with Mr. Vigile and will be providing community updates as those conversations progress.

What is Stittsville’s opinion on medical marijuana dispensaries in our area? Please share with me your thoughts and ideas on the matter by emailing me at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca.

No specific date has been set as of yet regarding when the shop will open.

Stittsville Medical Imaging Centre

I am pleased to announce that a new Stittsville Medical Imaging Centre will be opening this fall. Services offered will include X-rays and ultrasound exams, including prenatal 3D ultrasounds.

Last year I connected with the business’ new owners and asked for Stittsville’s thoughts on such a service which was received with an overwhelmingly positive response. Now, I will continue to work closely with the owners to ensure that the needs of Stittsville continue to be met.

The branch will be located at 1609 Stittsville Main St and I will be certain to provide more details including a grand opening date as the time nears.

If you are interested in learning more about the services being offered or if you are a talented sonographer, X-ray technician or administrative staff who live in the area looking for full time or part time work, please contact Dr. Gregory Davies at gdavies@stittsvilleimaging.ca.

Myers Nissan Dealership Proposed at Palladium Auto Park

 

An application for Site Plan Control has been submitted in order to construct a new Myers Nissan automobile dealership, including an accessory office, automobile service station, showroom, car wash and parking lot area.

The two-storey building will have a footprint of approximately 2,461 m2 and a gross floor area of approximately 3,022 m2. The main access to the site will be made through an entranceway located at the north-west corner of the parcel and two private accesses will be provided midway through the frontage and at the southern corner of the site. A total of 82 visitor and employee parking spaces are proposed, as well as 125 parking spaces for the storage of vehicles. Two loading spaces are proposed along the eastern and rear sides of the building.

For more information please review the Application Summary, Site Plan and Elevations.

Please provide comments by June 24 to myself and City Planner, Jean-Charles Renaud at Jean-Charles.Renaud@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2424 ext. 27629.

180 Huntmar is the official New Home for Kanata Academy

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On Wednesday June 1st I had the pleasure to participate in the official sod/gravel turning for the new home of the Kanata Academy (KA) private school at 180 Huntmar. The school had previously been situated in the Beaverbrook Mall located in Kanata-South.
Principal Shannon Rattray along with her husband and partner Dr. Kevin Rattray purchased the KA in 2011. With their student demands and population increasing, the school was quickly outgrowing its location and needed to find a new home.
KA was originally established in the late 1990’s. With its 26 years of history, the owners do not have any plans to change the name of the academy but have expressed a keen interest in working closely with the Stittsville community to ensure that its location and commitment to residents is strong.
Currently the Kanata Academy offers pre-school to grade eight programs. The new facility will enable the addition of high school grades, with grade nine being added this fall and 10-12 moving forward. The new facility will have a mini-soccer field at the rear.
The KA hopes to open their doors for the September 2016 school year. The Kanata Academy follows the curriculum set out by the Ontario Ministry of Education.

Please provide comments for 5731 Hazeldean Road Proposal

The Planning and Growth Management Department has received a site plan control application for the property municipally known as 5731 Hazeldean Road.

Site Information

The subject site is located northwest of the intersection of Huntmar Drive and Hazeldean Road in the community of Stittsville (see location map here). The site falls within land covered by the Kanata West Concept Plan.

 

The subject site is approximately 4.6 hectares in size and has 132.6 metres of frontage along Hazeldean Road. The site is currently vacant and well treed throughout with the highest concentration of trees located within northern portion of the site. Poole Creek traverses the northern part of the site, which has been identified as an Urban Natural Area (UNA185 – Poole Creek North).

 

The surrounding land uses include to the north the Fairwinds community and Tempest Park, and to the east, west and south area vacant lands intended for commercial development.

 

Application Proposal

The application proposes for a mixed use development consisting of four buildings; two two-storey buildings consisting of commercial uses; a four-storey residential care facility and a five-storey retirement home (see site plan here).

 

Along the Hazeldean Road frontage are two two-storey commercial buildings with a combined gross floor area (GFA) of 1290m2. It is anticipated that these buildings will have retail uses on the ground floor and offices on the second floor. Located behind the commercial buildings along the eastern property line is a four-storey residential care facility consisting of 256 units and along the western property line is a five-storey retirement home consisting of 185 units. An internal landscaped courtyard is proposed in-between these two buildings.

 

Vehicular access to the site will be via signalized access off Hazeldean Road. This access is to be shared with the site to the west. A total 454 parking spaces are proposed to accommodate the four buildings, the majority of which will be located within an underground parking garage with the exception of approximately 30 surface parking spaces.

 

Pedestrian pathways and sidewalks are proposed throughout the site providing connections to the public sidewalk on Hazeldean Road, each of the four buildings and the internal courtyard.

 

Located at the rear of the site is an area zoned Parks and Open Space Subzone R (O1R) comprising of 1.55 hectares of the total 4.6 hectares. This area includes a portion of Poole Creek and UNA 185 and will be transferred to the City of Ottawa to ensure its protection and preservation. Within the Poole Creek corridor an interconnected nature trail system has been planned. Through the site plan application process the appropriate location of a nature trail within these lands will be determined. The addition of this portion of the trail will provide a missing connection to the adjacent lands, including the Fairwinds community and Tempest Park.

 

Please provide comments by June 3, 2016 to myself and City Planner Mike Schmidt at Mike.Schmidt@ottawa.ca or 613.580.2424 x13431.

5731 Hazeldean Road Proposed Commercial Development

The Planning and Growth Management Department has received a site plan control application for the property municipally known as 5731 Hazeldean Road.

Site Information

The subject site is located northwest of the intersection of Huntmar Drive and Hazeldean Road in the community of Stittsville (see location map here). The site falls within land covered by the Kanata West Concept Plan.

The subject site is approximately 4.6 hectares in size and has 132.6 metres of frontage along Hazeldean Road. The site is currently vacant and well treed throughout with the highest concentration of trees located within northern portion of the site. Poole Creek traverses the northern part of the site, which has been identified as an Urban Natural Area (UNA185 – Poole Creek North).

The surrounding land uses include to the north the Fairwinds community and Tempest Park, and to the east, west and south area vacant lands intended for commercial development.

Application Proposal

The application proposes for a mixed use development consisting of four buildings; two two-storey buildings consisting of commercial uses; a four-storey residential care facility and a five-storey retirement home (see site plan here).

Along the Hazeldean Road frontage are two two-storey commercial buildings with a combined gross floor area (GFA) of 1290m2. It is anticipated that these buildings will have retail uses on the ground floor and offices on the second floor. Located behind the commercial buildings along the eastern property line is a four-storey residential care facility consisting of 256 units and along the western property line is a five-storey retirement home consisting of 185 units. An internal landscaped courtyard is proposed in-between these two buildings.

Vehicular access to the site will be via signalized access off Hazeldean Road. This access is to be shared with the site to the west. A total 454 parking spaces are proposed to accommodate the four buildings, the majority of which will be located within an underground parking garage with the exception of approximately 30 surface parking spaces.

Pedestrian pathways and sidewalks are proposed throughout the site providing connections to the public sidewalk on Hazeldean Road, each of the four buildings and the internal courtyard.

Located at the rear of the site is an area zoned Parks and Open Space Subzone R (O1R) comprising of 1.55 hectares of the total 4.6 hectares. This area includes a portion of Poole Creek and UNA 185 and will be transferred to the City of Ottawa to ensure its protection and preservation. Within the Poole Creek corridor an interconnected nature trail system has been planned. Through the site plan application process the appropriate location of a nature trail within these lands will be determined. The addition of this portion of the trail will provide a missing connection to the adjacent lands, including the Fairwinds community and Tempest Park.

Urban Design Review Panel (UDRP)

The site is located within an Arterial Main Street designation which is considered a Design Priority Area which requires the application to go to the Urban Design Review Panel (UDRP) for review and comment. This item has not formally been added to the UDRP schedule yet however the applicant is targeting the June 2nd meeting. More information on the UDRP can be found at the following link:

http://ottawa.ca/en/development-application-review-process-0/urban-design-review-panel

A formal circulation providing further details will be provided in the future which will include a time period to provide comments on the proposal development. More information will be available in the coming weeks on my website and on www.ottawa.ca/devaps.

The City Planner assigned to this file is Mike Schmidt who can be reached via email at Mike.Schmidt@ottawa.ca or 613.580.2424 x13431.