Next Phases for Blackstone Development Proposed

Blackstone Phases 4-8 Concept Plan

The City of Ottawa has received applications for a Draft Plan of Subdivision, as well as a Zoning By-law Amendment to permit the construction of the next phases of the Blackstone subdivision.   The subject lands are located in the southeast corner of the Fernbank Community and are approximately 42.5 hectares in size and are currently vacant with some vegetation and trees.

 

Mattamy Homes and Cardel Homes proposed to develop the subject lands with approximately 950 residential dwellings. The plan of subdivision proposes approximately 425 lots for detached dwellings and 27 blocks for townhouses. The townhouses are primarily located along the future collector streets and in the southerly portion of the subdivision, close to Fernbank Road. One high density block for condominium apartments or stacked units is proposed at the southeast corner of Fernbank Road and Rouncey Road.

Blackstone Phases 4-8 Areal View

The Blackstone development will incorporate a number of open space amenities including, two 1-hectare parks hectare parks, one of the southwest corner of the site and one in the southeast. Pathway blocks will provide connections to the Monahan Drain, the parks, and the two school sites. A stormwater management block will be located in the northeast corner of the site, immediately south of the Monahan Drain. An Ottawa Carleton District School Board elementary school site is proposed at the southwest corner of Cope Drive and Rouncey Road, and an Ottawa Catholic School Board high school site is proposed at the southeast corner of the subdivision, adjacent to the existing commercial development.

 

The proposed street network is based on the Fernbank Community Design Plan. Through the subdivision Cope Drive, Tapadero Avenue, and Rouncey Road will be extended. A roundabout will be located at the intersection of Cope Drive and Rouncey Road.

 

I am pleased to see these next phases of development proposed as it includes additional amenities that will be beneficial to the community including the extension of Cope Road, a safer pedestrian access for area residents to access the commercial shopping area, additional parks and pathways as well as some proposed schools.

 

To provide comments by July 14 or for questions please contact my office and City Planner Kathy Rygus at Kathy.Rygus@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2424 x28318.  A public meeting will also be held at a later date which will also provide another opportunity for the public to provide input as well.

 

Application Summary

Plan of Subdivision

Planning Rational

Transportation Impact Study

 

For additional planning documents regarding the application please visit here.

Extendicare Long-Term Home Public Consultation

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) is reviewing the issuance of a license undertaking to Extendicare for the development of a replacement long-term care home (currently a 240-bed home located at 2179 Elmira Drive) to 5731 Hazeldean Rd.

 

As part of the licensing process, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is holding a public consultation meeting on Tuesday, June 27th from 10:00 – 11:00 AM at the Algonquin College Banquet Room, the details of which are attached here. Residents are also welcome to submit their comments in writing prior to the event with subject line “Project #18-017” by mail to:

Director under the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Licensing and Policy Branch

1075 Bay Street, 11th Floor

Toronto, ON, M5S 2B1

Email: LTCHomes.Licensing@ontario.ca

 

The public meetings will provide an opportunity for the public to share their feedback with the Ministry who will take it into consideration when making the licensing decision. Representatives from Extendicare will be there and made available for questions from the attendees if there are any.

 

I hope that interested residents take the time to share their thoughts on this project.

Committee of Adjustment Applications for 28 Turtleback and 5731 Hazeldean

The City’s Committee of Adjustment will be considering an applications for 28 Turtleback and 5731 Hazeldean in Stittsville.

 

The application for 28 Turtleback (formerly called Meadowlands) is to subdivide the property into two separate parcels of land in order to create one new residential lot for future development. If the severance is approved a Minor Variance to permit a reduced lot width for the new parcel of land is required as the proposed parcel will not be in conformity with the requirements of the Zoning By-law following the proposed severance.

 

The application for 5731 Hazeldean Road is for the Wellings of Stittsville Development as is to subdivide the property into two separate parcels of land in order to create two new lots for a mixed use development consisting of four buildings; two, two-storey commercial buildings; a four-storey residential care facility and a five-storey retirement home.

 

The meeting is open to the public and will be held on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, starting at 9:00 a.m. at Ben Franklin Place, The Chamber, Main Floor, 101 Centrepointe Drive.  For more information please visit here and scroll down to the meeting.

Fernbank Crossing Zoning Application

Zoning map

The City of Ottawa has received a Zoning By-law Amendment to rezone lands within Phase 4 of the Fernbank Crossing subdivision, you can view the application summary here. The Fernbank Crossing subdivision received Draft Approval in 2012 and previous phases are completed or in progress.  The subject lands are bounded by Fernbank Road to the south, Cope Drive to the north and Robert Grant Avenue to the west. The lands within this phase are approximately12 hectares in area and are currently zoned Development Reserve (DR) which is applied to lands intended for urban development.  West of the subject lands is a portion of the Phase 3 development which is currently under development. South of Fernbank Road are rural lands outside the urban boundary.

 

The City of Ottawa has received a Zoning By-law Amendment to rezone lands within Phase 4 of the Fernbank Crossing subdivision. The Fernbank Crossing subdivision received Draft Approval in 2012 and previous phases are completed or in progress, you can view the draft plan here.

 

The subject lands are bounded by Fernbank Road to the south, Cope Drive to the north and Robert Grant Avenue to the west. The lands within this phase are approximately12 hectares in area and are currently zoned Development Reserve (DR) which is applied to lands intended for urban development. West of the subject lands is a portion of the Phase 3 development which is currently under development. South of Fernbank Road are rural lands outside the urban boundary.

 

For questions and to provide comments by June 22, 2017 please contact myself and City Planner Kathy Rygus at Kathy.Rygus@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2424 x23818.

Poole Creek Village Zoning By-law Amendment

The City of Ottawa has received a Zoning By-law Amendment to adjust the boundary between the O1 and R3Z zone for a small portion of the lands in Phase 3 of the Poole Creek Village subdivision to reflect updated floodplain mapping for the Poole Creek Corridor.  The subject site is located in the southerly portion of the Poole Creek Village subdivision, adjacent to the west side of the Poole Creek corridor. The lands to the north and the west of the subject site are zoned for future residential development while lands to the east will remain within the Poole Creek corridor.

 

The Poole Creek Village development located at 5831 Hazeldean Road received draft approval in 2012 (see plan of subdivision for full plan).  At the time of the original zoning by-law amendment for the subdivision, the subject lands were within the floodplain overlay for Poole Creek and were zoned Parks and Open Space (O1). As a result of the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority and the City updating floodplain maps in 2016, the floodplain overlay was removed from the subject lands.

 

The applicant has submitted a Zoning By-law Amendment application  proposing to re-zone the lands from O1 to Residential Third Density Zone Subzone Z. Re-zoning the area would allow the realignment of Vivera Place and reconfiguration of the lots adjacent to the creek corridor. Three residential lots would be within the area formerly zoned O1, and a total of 6 additional units are being provided in the subdivision. Technical studies have been submitted in support of the amendment.  The following image shows the difference from the approved plan (left) and the proposed changes (right).

Zoning changes OP to R

For questions or to provide comments by June 21, 2017 please contact myself and City Planner Kathy Rygus Kathy.rygus@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2424 x 28318.

Committee of Adjustment Application for 28 Jonathan Pack

The City’s Committee of Adjustment will be considering an application for 28 Jonathan Pack to subdivide the property into two separate parcels of land in order to create one new residential lot for future development. The existing house at 28 Jonathan Pack will remain but the shed will be removed.

 

If the severance is approved this will have the effect of creating two parcels of land which will not be in conformity with the Zoning By-law. Therefore, the owners have also submitted a minor variance application for 28B Jonathan Pack (Part 1 – vacant) to permit a reduced lot width of 14.75 metres whereas the By-law requires a minimum lot width of 20 metres.   And the application includes a request for 28 Jonathan Pack (Part 2 – existing dwelling) for a reduced lot width of 15.73 metres whereas the By-law requires a minimum lot width of 20 metres.

 

The meeting is open to the public and will be held on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, starting at 9:00 a.m. at Ben Franklin Place, The Chamber, Main Floor, 101 Centrepointe Drive.  For more information please visit here and scroll down to the meeting.

5897 Fernbank Road

A Zoning by-law amendment application has been filed for 5897 Fernbank Road. The site is located northeast of the Shea and Fernbank roundabout.

 

The purpose of the application is to permit non-residential uses on the subject lands. The amendment of the Zoning By-law would permit a medical facility to be established in the existing heritage dwelling as well as 5,550 square metres of retail space.

 

The applicant is proposing to re-zone the site from DR to General Mixed Use (GM) thereby allowing for residential, commercial and institutional uses. At this time, there has been no site plan application filed.  The target date this application is to be considered by Planning Committee is August 22, 2017.

 

This application is subject to public consultation.

 

More updates will be available in my newsletter as they come.

Committee sees progress on building better and smarter suburbs

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This week, the City’s Planning Committee heard about progress on the Building Better and Smarter Suburbs initiative which is aimed at making new suburban communities more liveable, sustainable and affordable by finding efficiencies that reduce costs for construction, maintenance and replacement of infrastructure.

 

The City launched the Building Better and Smarter Suburbs initiative in 2013 to explore suburban design challenges. City staff highlighted work done in collaboration with Councillors and community stakeholders to address challenges like how to best locate City parks, get more trees on streets and handle stormwater in ways that will better use the land and make new communities more liveable. Staff also reported on the Infrastructure Standards Review, designed to complement Building Better and Smarter Suburbs. The Committee heard about how the review will result in reduced costs to build and maintain infrastructure in new and existing communities while still meeting standards to ensure public health and safety.

 

In recent years, the City has seen increasingly compact forms of development. While this may be typified by better known urban development like new condominium apartment buildings downtown, near rapid transit stations and along Traditional Mainstreets, the suburbs have also moved in lockstep, seeing residential densities increase by 70 per cent in less than 15 years. This increase in suburban density has supported Official Plan goals of diversification of housing types, housing affordability, and increasing mode share of public transit use.

 

However, these new compact communities have not appeared without growing pains. As land is used more productively, conflicts have arisen between utilities, trees, sidewalks, parking, snow storage and suburban design challenges have been created. The City also has seen increased budgetary pressures on operating services as a result of conventional design standards.

 

In Stittsville, we have definitely had our share of growing pains in our compact neighbourhoods and that is why I was involved in the creation of the Building Better and Smarter Suburbs initiative. There are a number of issues that have been reviewed and solutions have been implemented and I encourage you to review the May 8th Report and Presentation.

 

While I am pleased with the steps this initiative has taken there is still more to do.  One of the outstanding issues that had not been thoroughly reviewed which is a major concern in our area is the issue of adequate parking.  To meet the goals of the City’s Official Plan and the Provincial Policy Statement we are seeing denser suburban development.  While ideally the City would like to see residents reduce their reliance on cars we know this is not a realistic expectation for the suburbs.  I will be pursing this issue further with City to ensure that can find solutions to parking issues in the new suburban developments.

Site Alteration Activity north of Jackson Trails and Potter’s Key

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I have recently been contacted by residents in the area regarding some activity they have noticed on the lands within the Ward 21 Urban Expansion Area that is located north of Jackson Trails and Potter’s Key.  I am still waiting for additional information with respect to any plans for the property in the future but did want to share the following information with residents.

 

The property is located in Councillor Scott Moffatt’s ward and both Councillor Moffatt and I are not aware of any development applications that have been submitted for this property. I can advise that this land is identified in the City’s Official Plan as within the urban boundary and is designated “Developing Community Expansion Area”. Therefore, it can be expected that at some time the area of land could be developed.

 

With respect to the recent tree/brush clearing on the property I can advise that it is private property and the owners do have the rights to undertake work on their property but do have to adhere to the Urban Tree Conservation By-law which does require a permit for any removal of a tree that is 10cm or greater in diameter.

 

While a significant area of vegetation has been removed, Mark Richardson, Planning Forester with the City has informed me that he hasn’t observed a violation of the Bylaw. The trees were originally removed from the site several years ago before it came into the Urban Boundary and at that time, a tree removal permit was not required because the land was classified as rural. Now that it is within the Urban Boundary, the removal of any tree that is 10cm in diameter or larger at 1.2 meters from the ground would require a tree permit. While on-site, Forestry staff did speak with the contractor and ensured they were aware of the requirements of the Tree Cutting By-Law.

 

The City has been in touch with the land owner and was informed that they were removing the brush. Mr. Richardson has been on site several times and continues to monitor the activity but so far he has not verified the removal or any living trees larger than 10cm.

 

In December 2016 there were some inquiries to my office regarding some clearing that took place and I provided information in my eNewsletter that provides additional information that you can view here.

 

Given the increase in activity on this site recently I will be working to receive more information from the landowner on their intentions for the property and if I receive any further information I will provide it in my eNewsletter.

 

In the interim, residents with concerns may contact Mark Richardson at mark.richardson@ottawa.ca, Councillor Scott Moffat at Scott.moffat@ottawa.ca, or myself at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca with any questions.

Come Visit Me for a City Chat at the GRC

GRC

At the Stittsville Planning Primer, a large amount of information was presented showing the complexity of the planning process.

 

For a complete picture of the active and pending development applications in Stittsville I encourage you to review the Ward 6 Development Applications Map. You can search the development name or file number on my website www.shadqadri.com or on the City’s Development Application site www.ottawa.ca/devapps.

 

I would like to invite residents to join me on Saturday, April 22 from 10am-Noon in the Lobby of the Goulbourn Recreation Complex at 1500 Shea Road for a City Chat on Planning and Development.

 

My City Chat sessions offer an informal setting where I can speak to residents one-on-one on topics of interest.

 

I would also like to get a better understanding of what topics are most of interest to Stittsville residents in regards to development. I would like to request that you take 10 seconds out of your day and give your feedback on our Planning and Development Poll available here.

 

Thank you for keeping involved and I look forward to chatting with residents on April 22.