The Future of Shea Road Woods at Planning Committee

This week, I had the great pleasure of joining Mayor Watson, City Planning Staff, Tanya Hein (President of the Stittsville Village Association), Adrienne Charlton (President of the Blackstone-Fernbank Crossing Community Association), and other interested Stittsville residents on-site for a special announcement regarding the acquisition and protection of the Shea Road Woods.

 

As it stands, the woods are a privately-owned natural area and could legally be developed without acquisition by the City. The woods are known by many as the unofficial dog park of Stittsville and are located south of Abbott Street East and east of Shea Road near Holy Spirit Parish.

 

Working on retaining this property has been a priority project of mine for quite some time and with Stitttsville growing at the rate that it is, I understand how important it is to preserve our natural environment wherever possible. As such, I have continued to push in finding potential solutions in how to ensure that this area remains protected.

This was one of the first items I brought forward to Mayor Watson’s attention when he resumed office and I would like to provide my sincere thanks for his support. I would also like to thank City staff and all engaged residents for their contributions in establishing this project.

 

On October 24th, Planning Committee will consider the first step in the long-term acquisition and protection of Shea Road Woods.  The report and recommendations to Planning Committee seek approval of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the owners, CRT Developments Inc., for purchase of the woodlot through a combination of cash and parkland dedication.

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As part of all subdivision agreements, Ottawa requires each developer to design and build parks on behalf of the City. As part of a subdivision adjacent to the Shea Road Woods, CRT Developments had already planned a 3.28-hectare park. In exchange for the Shea Road Woods property, the City will allow that land to instead be developed with low-density housing. The City would pay cash for the remaining 1.72 hectares, at an estimated cost of $1,577,573. Funding for that purchase would come from the Environmental Resource Area Acquisition Reserve Fund, which Council established to help acquire and protect features like Shea Road Woods.

 

A final purchase agreement would be conditional upon the City obtaining permission from Hydro One to relocate playing fields and other park facilities to a nearby transmission line corridor, so that the community can still enjoy a full range of recreational, health, and fitness opportunities.  Such a move will require engineering studies and possible design measures to ensure the community that health and safety will never be compromised.

 

This is great news for residents as the Shea Woods have become a popular natural feature in Stittsville, providing our communities with beautiful scenery and nature walks. The area is already frequented by many who walk their dogs and while the details of the future uses will still need to be discussed, it is my intention to maintain the area to permit off leash dogs. I would like to thank all staff who have contributed in bringing this project to the point it is at now for all of their hard work. I would also like to send a sincere thank you to all of the residents of the Stittsville community who have been engaged in this item throughout this process for sharing their thoughts and their commitment to preserving Stittsville’s natural features.

 

If Planning Committee and City Council approves the MOU, then City staff will move quickly to carry out the necessary studies and create a plan for the woodlot and park.  Although challenges remain to the final protection of Shea Road Woods, the City and CRT Developments are committed to the principle of preserving it for future generations.

 

For additional background, you can view official report submitted to Planning Committee here.

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Share your voice in supporting the City’s purchase of the Shea Road Woods

This item will be voted on at the City’s Planning Committee on October 24th starting at 9:30 am.  Residents can show their support by submitting comments to the Planning Committee Coordinator, Melody Duffenais at melody.duffenais@ottawa.ca.  Melody will ensure that all comments are circulated to the members of the committee.

 

Residents are also welcome to attend the meeting and they can choose to register to speak to the item for 5 minutes as well, however, there is no immediate necessity as I will be certain to draw the committee’s attention to the written comments that have been submitted.

 

Residents will also be able to listen live to the Committee meeting too through the City’s website here.

 

I would like to thank all residents for their positive feedback this week in regards to this item. The community’s support of our natural features really goes to show that sometimes the most highly-regarded venues of our ward are also the most natural.

The Future of Shea Road Woods at Planning Committee

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Today, I had the great pleasure of joining Mayor Watson, City Biologist Dr. Nick Stow, and interested Stittsville residents on-site for a special announcement regarding the acquisition and protection of the Shea Road Woods.

 

As it stands, the woods are a privately-owned natural area and could legally be developed without acquisition by the City.

 

Working on retaining this property has been a priority project of mine for quite some time and with Stitttsville growing at the rate that it is, I understand how important it is to preserve our natural environment wherever possible. As such, I have continued to push in finding potential solutions in how to ensure that this area remains protected.

 

On October 24th, Planning Committee will consider the first step in the long-term acquisition and protection of Shea Road Woods.  The report and recommendations to Planning Committee seek approval of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the owners, CRT Developments Inc., for purchase of the woodlot through a combination of cash and parkland dedication.

 

As part of all subdivision agreements, Ottawa requires each developer to design and build parks on behalf of the City. As part of a subdivision adjacent to the Shea Road Woods, CRT Developments had already planned a 3.28-hectare park. In exchange for the Shea Road Woods property, the City will allow that land to instead be developed with low-density housing. The City would pay cash for the remaining 1.72 hectares, at an estimated cost of $1,577,573. Funding for that purchase would come from the Environmental Resource Area Acquisition Reserve Fund, which Council established to help acquire and protect features like Shea Road Woods.

A final purchase agreement would be conditional upon the City obtaining permission from Hydro One to relocate playing fields and other park facilities to a nearby transmission line corridor, so that the community can still enjoy a full range of recreational, health, and fitness opportunities.  Such a move will require engineering studies and possible design measures to ensure the community that health and safety will never be compromised.

 

This is great news for residents as the Shea Woods have become a popular natural feature in Stittsville, providing our communities with beautiful scenery and nature walks. I would like to thank all staff who have contributed in bringing this project to the point it is at now for all of their hard work. I would also like to send a sincere thank you to all of the residents of the Stittsville community who have been engaged in this item throughout this process for sharing their thoughts and their commitment to preserving Stittsville’s natural features.

 

 

If Planning Committee and City Council approves the MOU, then City staff will move quickly to carry out the necessary studies and create a plan for the woodlot and park.  Although challenges remain to the final protection of Shea Road Woods, the City and CRT Developments are committed to the principle of preserving it for future generations.

Public Meeting for Future Blackstone Development Phases

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I am happy to invite residents to attend a Public Meeting regarding a proposed plan of subdivision by Mattamy Homes Ltd. for the property at 5505 Fernbank Road.

 

Thursday October 12, 2017

Open House 6:30 pm, Presentation 7:00 pm

Goulbourn Recreation Complex (Hall A)

1500 Shea Road

 

The Plan of Subdivision proposes the development of approximately 950 residential units, with 425 detached dwellings, 27 blocks for townhouses, and one block for condominium apartments or stacked units. The subdivision includes lands for an elementary school and a high school. Two 1-hectare parks are proposed as well as pathway blocks to provide connections to the Monahan Drain and throughout the site.

 

For more details on this development please click here.

Planning Committee Stittsville Items

On October 10th the City’s Planning Committee will be considering two planning applications in Stittsville.   Please see the below information on these items and for additional information I encourage you to review the full reports which are available here .

 

Zoning By-law Amendment – 5960 Fernbank Road

  • The property is municipally known as 5960 Fernbank Road and is located southwest of the intersection of Fernbank Road and Shea Road at the southeastern edge of the community of Stittsville. The site is located within the urban area and is designated as General Urban Area and Developing Community (Expansion Area) under the City of Ottawa Official Plan.
  • The site is approximately 2.77 hectares in size and has approximately 204 metres of frontage along Fernbank Road and 161 metres of frontage along Shea Road. The site is currently vacant with minimal tree coverage and existing hydro towers and lines bisect the property.
  • The site is currently zoned Rural Countryside Zone. The application proposes to rezone the property from Rural Countryside Zone (RU) to General Mixed Use Zone (GM) in order to permit future commercial development consisting of a grocery store, two retail stores and a restaurant. The GM Zone will permit the proposed grocery store, retail and restaurant uses, as well as other commercial, residential and institutional uses.
  • For more information on the site plan please visit my website here.

 

Zoning By-law Amendment – Part of 5831 Hazeldean Road

  • The site is located in the southerly portion of the Poole Creek Village subdivision between Hazeldean Road and Rosehill Avenue, west of the Poole Creek corridor. The Plan of Subdivision received Draft Approval in 2012 and the first two phases are under construction. The lands are in the third and final phase. The land proposed to be rezoned are approximately 0.25 hectares in size and are currently vacant. The lands north of Rosehill Avenue are occupied by a mix of detached and townhouse dwellings, while the lands immediately to the north and west of the site will be developed as the third phase of the subdivision. Lands to the east are within the portion of the Poole Creek corridor being dedicated to the City through the subdivision. Lands to the south are occupied by a used automobile sales operation.
  • The site is currently zoned Parks and Open Space (O1), and forms part of the lands within the Poole Creek corridor. The applicant has requested that the site be rezoned to Residential Third Density Zone Subzone Z Exception 2017, holding provision, (R3Z[2017]-h) to permit residential development. The R3 Zone permits detached, semi-detached and townhouse dwellings, while Subzone Z establishes zoning provisions for minimum lot width, area, coverage, setbacks, and maximum building height. Exception 2017 denotes a holding provision that prohibits all uses until it has been demonstrated that the existing infrastructure has the necessary capacity to allow for development of the subject lands.
  • Rezoning the subject parcel would allow for a slight realignment of one street (Vivera Place) and the reconfiguration of a few lots adjacent to the creek corridor. Three residential lots would be created within the area currently zoned O1.
  • The Maple Grove Co-Tenancy subdivision now known as Poole Creek Village received draft approval in 2012. At the time of the original zoning by-law amendment for the subdivision in 2013, the subject lands were affected by the floodplain overlay for Poole Creek and were therefore zoned O1 because development within the floodplain is not permitted.
  • In 2016, the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority and the City updated floodplain mapping for a number of creeks and rivers within the City boundaries. Council approved these updates on May 11, 2016, resulting in amendments to the Official Plan and Zoning By-law. Through this process, the Poole Creek floodplain overlay was removed from the subject site, resulting in additional lands being available for development. The floodplain had been the most restrictive setback for the limit of development to the west of the Poole Creek corridor.
  • For additional information please review the zoning report on the agenda and you may wish to visit information on my website here.

 

Residents are welcome to attend the meeting or can listen live through the City’s website.  The meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 10th at 9:30am in Champlain Room at City Hall.  Residents can also submit comments to my office and to the Committee Coordinator Melody Duffenais at 613-580-2424 x20113 or
Melody.duffenais@ottawa.ca

Public Meeting for Future Blackstone Development Phases

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I am happy to invite residents to attend a Public Meeting regarding a proposed plan of subdivision by Mattamy Homes Ltd. for the property at 5505 Fernbank Road.

 

Thursday October 12, 2017

Open House 6:30 pm, Presentation 7:00 pm

Goulbourn Recreation Complex (Hall A)

1500 Shea Road

 

The Plan of Subdivision proposes the development of approximately 950 residential units, with 425 detached dwellings, 27 blocks for townhouses, and one block for condominium apartments or stacked units. The subdivision includes lands for an elementary school and a high school. Two 1-hectare parks are proposed as well as pathway blocks to provide connections to the Monahan Drain and throughout the site.

 

For more details on this development please click here.

Zoning By-law Amendment Proposal for 5615 Fernbank

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On Tuesday, August 22nd, the City`s Planning Committee will be considering a Zoning By-law amendment proposal for Zoning – 5615 Fernbank Road (formerly known as 5786 Fernbank Road) to permit a residential subdivision with school site, Emergency Services facility and transit station.

 

The site is a vacant 12-hectare parcel within the Fernbank Crossing subdivision. It is bounded by Fernbank Road to the south, Cope Drive to the north, Robert Grant Avenue to the west and vacant land to the east that will be developed as future phases of the Blackstone subdivision The lands form the fourth and final phase of the Fernbank Crossing subdivision.

 

The Fernbank Crossing subdivision received draft approval on February 2, 2012, and previous phases have been registered, with the third phase of development currently under construction. This final phase of the Fernbank Crossing subdivision proposes the development of approximately 107 detached dwellings, four blocks for townhouses, an elementary school site, paramedic post and transit station with a park-and-ride facility.

 

To view the report in full, please click here. For questions or to provide comments, please contact myself and City Planner Kathy Rygus Kathy.rygus@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2424 x 28318.

Councillor’s View – Stittsville BIA Meeting Recap

Dear Residents,

 

Last Tuesday night, I met with some Stittsville business owners for an excellent discussion at the information session regarding the potential Stittsville Business Improvement Area (BIA).

 

A BIA is important for the growing business community in Stittsville to have access to the resources which help them to thrive.

 

The session was well attended and some valuable points were brought up by some of the attendees.

 

I would like to thank the steering committee and all potential members who joined to share their insight, particularly Jim Walker for taking the lead as Chair person.

 

I have attached a copy of the presentation made at the meeting for your information available by clicking here.

 

A number of businesses have volunteered to be part of the Stittsville BIA Steering Committee to engage the discussion in the community and seek input. Now, it is very important that the Steering Committee hears from Stittsville’s business leaders to provide their input. All types of feedback are important and welcomed from every area of our diverse business community. Businesses and commercial property owners are requested to please complete an online survey available at the below links:

 

Please note that the survey will close on August 4

 

I strongly support the establishment of a BIA in Stittsville as I see there are many benefits that it would provide and it would be a valuable investment for businesses.  All decisions of the BIA would be made by the businesses and it is the businesses that would elect a Board made up of Stittsville businesses.

 

Another meeting is being planned and will hopefully take place later this autumn. More information on that will be shared in my newsletter as it is received.

 

For more information or to provide additional comments please contact myself and the Stittsville BIA Steering Committee at stittsvillebia@gmail.com. If you have specific questions regarding the assessment of your property and potential levy please feel free to contact the City’s Economic Development Officer Brian Simpson at Brian.Simpson@ottawa.ca.

-Shad

 

 

Kanata West Pump Station and Forcemain Project and Maple Grove Closure – UPDATE

I would like to provide a quick update regarding the ongoing construction work for the Kanata West Pump Station and Forcemain Project Maple Grove Road between Terry Fox Road and Huntmar Road.

 

As mentioned in last week’s newsletter, the segment between Terry Fox and Silver Seven was reopened last Friday.

 

However, due to weather, I have been advised that the sewer installation work and subsequent road closure between Silver Seven and Huntmar scheduled for completion July 21st has been extended to August 4th to allow more time for road reinstatement and paving.

 

I would like to thank affected residents for their patience at this time.

 

The Contractor will take every precaution necessary to minimize interruptions to residents but as you can appreciate, there may be some inconvenience during the course of the work, such as delays and traffic detours when travelling through the construction zone, noise, dust and vibration.

 

Signed detours for vehicles and bicyclists will be in place during the duration of the road closure.

Sidewalk Construction on Hazeldean

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I would like to update residents on the construction of a sidewalk on Hazeldean to take place later this year.

 

The overall project involves the construction of a new 2.0m wide asphalt sidewalk along the north side of Hazeldean Road east of Kittiwake Drive. The new sidewalk will connect to the existing sidewalk at the intersection of Hazeldean Road and Kittiwake Drive at the western limit and the existing sidewalk connection from Abaca Way at the eastern limit. The sidewalk will be located behind the existing shoulder and streetlighting within the existing grass boulevard.

 

Schedule is unknown at this point, but the sidewalk is anticipated to be constructed before the end of 2017. It is noted that while the design is being completed by the City, construction will be undertaken by the Developer of Bulat Court.

 

For the construction of sidewalk, traffic should not be impacted and therefore no long duration lane closures will be required. Pedestrian access and construction site control will be per the City’s latest requirements.

 

I will be certain to provide updates in my weekly newsletter on this project as they become available.

Fernbank Rd Culvert Installation

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I would like to advise residents that Fernbank Road will be closed from Shea to Robert Grant between Tuesday, August 8th and Tuesday, August 22nd.

 

The contractor, Taggart Construction, will be installing a box culvert across the roadway for future storm water management.

 

Notification signs will be posted in advance of the closure with additional signs posted during the affected period. Local and emergency vehicle access will be maintained.

 

I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.