Potter’s Key Parks Consultation


The Potter’s Key subdivision at 6111 and 6141 Hazeldean Road is set up for two future parks to be built and Minto has opened the public consultation period for each on the City of Ottawa website this week!


Joe Lewis Park will be a 0.97-hectare neighbourhood park located off Eagle Crest Heights, between Overland Drive and Samantha Eastop Avenue.  The proximity to Feedmill Creek to the south of the park will influence the theme and character of the park by bringing a naturalized area into the park. A significant portion of the wooded area within the park block will be retained.  A multi-use hard surface court, play structures, sand play and passive recreation (pathways) are being proposed for construction within the future park.


Eaglehead Park will be a 0.37-hectare parkette off Eaglehead Crescent, north off Kimpton Drive. The park is located directly adjacent to Feedmill Creek, and will connect to the recreational trail system to be constructed south along the Feedmill Creek corridor. A themed climbing structure, a duel saucer swing and other play structure amenities are being proposed for construction within the future park.


Both parks are scheduled to be constructed in 2019. Comments should be sent to the City Planner at Mike.Russett@ottawa.ca by June 25th. Thank you.

5969 Fernbank Road Public Information Meeting

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On Monday June 11th, City Planning staff in coordination with my office will be holding a public information session for a zoning by-law amendment (D02-02-18-0042) and subdivision application (D07-16-18-00009) that has been filed for 5969 Fernbank Road. The session is taking place in the Board Room on the second floor of the Goulbourn Recreation Complex located at 1500 Shea Road at 7:00 PM.

The purpose of the application is to develop a subdivision containing 357 units: 119 single detached dwellings, 2 semi-detached units and 236 townhouse units. Included is a 2.45 hectare school site and 1.36 hectare park.


The zoning by-law amendment requests to bring the site into conformity with the General Urban Area designation of the Official Plan and to implement the approved Fernbank Community Design Plan.


The target date for draft approval of the subdivision is July 19, 2018.  The zoning by-law amendment cannot proceed until the subdivision has received draft approval.
For full application details, please click here and here.


Should you have any questions in relation to this file you may contact the lead planner Laurel McCreight at Laurel.McCreight@ottawa.ca or my office at shad.qadri@ottawa.ca

Fernbank Road Watermain Construction


Municipal Consent has been granted for work to commence at the Fernbank Road Watermain.

The project is located on Fernbank Road between Shea Road and the Hartsmere Drive/Liard Street intersection, approximately 200 meters West of Shea Road. Work on this project involves construction of approximately 500 meters of 400 mm diameter including valves and the removal of approximately 250 meters of existing 200 mm diameter watermain on Fernbank Road to service the proposed Davidson Lands residential subdivision located on the south side of Fernbank Road.

The new watermain will connect to the existing main just east of the Hartsmere Drive/Liard Street intersection and extend to provide three connections to the Davidson Lands watermain system. The five existing residents on Fernbank Road will be fed by a temporary watermain during construction and reconnected to the new main.

Construction is anticipated to begin this summer, tentatively scheduled for July 3-November 23 (weather permitting).

The proponent of this project is Tartan Land Corporation, and the consultant engineer is IBI Group. Should you have any questions, please reach out to Lance Erion, P.Eng, at lerion@IBIGroup.com

1981 Maple Grove Plan of Subdivision and Zoning By-law Amendment Application

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The City of Ottawa has received a concurrent Plan of Subdivision and Zoning By-law Amendment application to permit the development of a 196-unit subdivision comprised of 57 single-detached dwellings, 101 townhomes and 38 back-to-back townhomes.


The property is located at the northeast corner of Stittsville Main Street and Maple Grove Road within the Kanata West Concept Plan. The site is approximately 7.58 hectares and is currently vacant with groupings of tree coverage. The property is surrounded by vacant lands to the north, east and west, existing low-rise residential subdivision to the south and one single-detached home immediately to the east along Maple Grove Road. On the vacant land directly north of the site, there is currently an active subdivision application by Cavanagh / Shenkman, municipally addressed as 195 Huntmar Drive.


The land is currently zoned Development Reserve Zone (DR) and designated as General Urban Area in the City’s Official Plan. The DR zoning recognizes lands intended for future urban development in area designated as General Urban Area of the City’s Official Plan. The applicant is proposing to rezone the lands to Residential Third Density Zone, Subzone Z (R3Z) and Parks and Open Space Zone (O1) to permit the development of the proposed subdivision. The proposed R3Z zoning allows a mix of residential building forms ranging from detached to townhouse dwellings and the O1 zoning permits the development of a park within the site.


A concurrent Plan of Subdivision application was also submitted to permit the development of a 196-unit subdivision comprised of 57 single-detached dwellings, 101 townhomes and 38 back-to-back townhomes. As part of this subdivison, there is a 0.68 hectare park proposed at the northeast corner of the site. The park will be built as a “parkette” park type and transferred to the City as a requirement of parkland dedication. The street network shown on the draft plan of subdivision proposes a grid-pattern layout which includes seven local roads used to service the site. There will be five accesses into the subdivision, one on Maple Grove Road, three along the future Stittsville Main Street extension to the west, and one access from the future Kanata West Main Street to the north.

Johnwoods Sewer Work


My office has received notice that the diversion sewer project along the Johnwoods pathway will be starting on May 7th. Please be cognizant when in the area.


Preliminary work on this project took place in the Fall to expedite the estimated pathway completion by the end of Summer.


Notice of this work was shared in my newsletter last March. For more information, please visit https://shadqadri.com/2017/12/08/john-street-johnwoods-sanitary-pumping-station-decommissioning-project-2/

Johnwoods Linear Park Update


The Planning Department has received the revised plan for the Johnwoods Linear Park which will be located between Rosehill Drive and Maple Grove Road on the closed portion of Johnwoods Street.  The revisions to the plans involve additional landscaping and modification of all streetlights to low spillage LED bulbs as per the public comments. I encourage residents to review the plans and the response to public comments.


Work will continue in the Spring on this project with the anticipated completion this summer.  This section of Johnwoods was closed in the Fall as it allowed for preliminary work to take place so in the spring, work can be expedited with the plan to have the pathway completed in the summer. While approvals are still being finalized for the co-ordination of the works for the diversion pipe, I have confirmed with City staff that there are no current delays to the project timeline for the pathway construction.

Potter’s Key Connections to Jackson Trails

Potters Key

The first homeowners in Potter’s Key Subdivision are scheduled to move in on March 5 on Geranium Walk. Minto Homes intends to open the road connections from their development to the Jackson Trails subdivision at Kimpton Drive and Bandelier Way, as shown here. The opening of these connections is scheduled for the morning of March 5. The third connection at Eagle Crest Heights will be open by the end of April and the Kimpton Drive connection to Echo Woods will be sometime after that.


The construction road access on Hazeldean Road will remain open and Minto Homes will continue to direct their trades to use this access. I have requested Minto Homes ensure all their contractors and the sub-contractors are aware they are not permitted to use the existing residential streets.


If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact my office and Domenic Idone, Director, Land Development, Minto Homes at Didone@minto.com or 613-786-7922.

Blasting in Stittsville

Residents continue to contact my office regarding blasting in Stittsville.  Developers are blasting in two areas of Stittsville for the following subdivision developments:

2018 Feb Blasting areas

CRT Fernbank Lands – 5786 Fernbank Road

Blasting is anticipated to be complete by the end of March at this property located west of Robert Grant Avenue, north of Fernbank and south of Abbott Street. For more background information, please review previous community updates.

This week City staff advised that all blasts within the last 2 weeks are within the City Specifications as conditioned in the developers Subdivision Draft Plan approval.  A review of the blast induced vibration monitoring data (February 1- February 14, 2018) indicate vibration levels of less than 4 mm/s (well below the threshold for possibility of cosmetic cracking in drywall, plaster, etc.).  DST Consulting, the third party consultant, recommended that the two additional seismographs remain in place to the end of the blasting operations.  It is their professional opinion given the sensitivity of the project, the amount of public complaints and concerns I have raised, that this additional data would further assist in evaluating potential claims.


A revised letter went out to residents indicating the revised scheduled with the completion date anticipated for the end of March; the letter was sent to all residents within the 150m radius of the blasting area, as per conditioned in their Subdivision Draft Plan approval.

If residents have concerns with the blasting operations please feel free to contact my office and DST Consulting Engineers Inc. at 613-748-1415 or ottawa@dstgroup.com. If residents are concerned with damage to their properties due to the blasting, they can contact the above individual or submit a claim through the City.  For more information on the City’s claim process, please visit here.


Poole Creek Village

Tartan Homes has advised that their contractor will commence blasting activity in the Poole Creek Phase 3 subdivision. The blasting is required for the final servicing phase in the subdivision and is expected to require 4 more weeks. Over 70 pre-blast surveys were completed and notice has been provided to all the adjacent homeowners.

The Poole Creek Village development at 5831 Hazeldean Road received draft approval in 2012 (see plan of subdivision for full plan). The lands are located north of Poole Creek/Hazeldean Road and south of Maple Grove Road. It is located in between the Fairwinds and the Fairwinds West subdivision.

If you have questions or concerns please feel free to contact my office and you may contact Wayne Kennedy, Franks Drilling and Blasting at 613-561-6443.  If residents are concerned with damage to their properties due to the blasting, they can also contact the above individual or submit a claim through the City.

General Blasting Information


Both City Special Provisions – F-1201 and Ontario Provincial Specifications and Standards (OPSS) 120 include similar and detailed requirements for the Contractor to inform residents at several time points in the project.

The municipality does not regulate blasting. The City does impose the City of Ottawa’s standard S.P. No: F-1201 Use of Explosives specifications on all owners applying for plan of subdivision approval. These specifications require the owner to hire a third party consultant to complete the pre-blast survey, and monitor vibrations to make sure they are compliant with the specifications. The specification is also in place for insurance purposes to protect the City, residents, and the blasting company where there are any damage claims.


Blasting data and information is submitted to the City based upon request. Please note that the information is not submitted by the Contractor, but an independent Blasting Consultant that completes the vibration monitoring. When the City receives complaints, they request confirmation from the Blasting Consultant that the blasting operations are following City Standards. As the consultant are the subject experts and they are certifying the information, the City accepts this information as it is provided by a professionally designated company.


When the City receives complaints, the City will put residents in touch with the Blasting Consultant. Typically, if there is a report of damage, the Blasting Consultant will investigate as it may become a legal claim against the Developer/Blaster/City. If it is to report a vibration concern, the Blasting Consultant will typically contact the resident and explain over the phone their monitoring procedures and confirm if the blasts are within City Standards.


A standard blasting condition is used in each set of Subdivision Draft Approval Conditions. These conditions refer to the Developer to follow the City Specifications. There is no unique blasting review completed by the City on a project-by-project basis. As blasting is an acceptable construction practice in the Province of Ontario, the private developers have the option to blast as they deem fit for their projects provided they follow the City specifications.


Please note below the standard condition all developers must agree to before receiving draft approval of a subdivision and please find attached the City’s specification:




B1       The Owner agrees that all blasting activities will conform to the City of Ottawa’s standard S.P. No: F-1201 Use of Explosives. Prior to any blasting activities, a pre-blast survey shall be prepared as per F-1201, at the Owner expense for all buildings, utilities, structures, water wells, and facilities likely to be affected by the blast and those within 75 m of the location where explosives are to be used. The standard inspection procedure shall include the provision of an explanatory letter to the owner or occupant and owner with a formal request for permission to carry out an inspection. 


The Owner agree to provide a Notification Letter in compliance with City specification F-1201. Specification indicates that a minimum of 15 business days prior to blasting the Contractor shall provide written notice to all owner(s) and tenants of buildings or facilities within a minimum of 150m of the blasting location.  The Owner agrees to submit a copy of the Notification Letter to the City.


My colleague Councillor Wilkinson recently hosted a public meeting regarding blasting in Kanata North. There is some information in this video residents may find useful on the blasting process. You can view this video at: https://www.facebook.com/marianne4kanata/videos/414201385703705/


For more information from the City of Ottawa regarding blasting, please visit the City website Blasting in the City of Ottawa.

Council Approves Additional Infrastructure Renewal Projects

In last week’s newsletter, I informed the community that the City’s Finance and Economic Development Committee approved the staff report and recommendations for the Additional Infrastructure Funding for the Renewal of Tax-Supported Assets including an additional $730,000 to go toward Stittsville infrastructure projects.


Now, I am happy to share that this funding was approved at today’s City Council meeting. A total of $10 million of additional funding will be put toward infrastructure renewal projects across the city.


The approved list of projects for tax-supported assets includes roads, sidewalks, multi-use pathways, parks and buildings across the city. The list is in addition to the projects identified in Budget 2018. The additional funding allocates $6.66 million to renew roads, $3 million to renew buildings and parks, and $340,000 to renew sidewalks and pathways.


For a list of approved Stittsville Infrastructure Projects, please revisit last week’s article here. For more information, please review the report here.

Site Plan for Addition at 5906 Hazeldean Road


The City of Ottawa has received a Site Plan application for an addition at the back of the existing Stittsville Window and Doors building at 5609 Hazeldean Road.  The site is currently occupied by the existing 1-storey commercial building and is located on the south side of Hazeldean Road between Victor Street and Savage Drive. The property is surrounded by commercial and office uses along Hazeldean Road and low-rise residential homes to the south.


Site Plan

Elevations (North and East)

Elevations (South and West)


The proposed addition at the back of the existing building will have a height of 6.4 metres and comprised of a 99 square metre retail component and a 96 square metre space for storage. The existing access from Hazeldean will be maintained to service the 10 proposed vehicle and 8 bicycle parking spaces. Loading and garbage bin will both be located at the rear of the property screened with a 2 metres high opaque fence.


The site plan is not subject to a public consultation, however residents are welcome to provide their comments to my office at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca and I will provide them to the City.