Johnwoods Linear Park Update

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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:

 

Blasting

 

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

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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.

Committee approves $730,000 for Stittsville Infrastructure Projects

Committee approves $730,000 for Stittsville Infrastructure Projects

On February 6, 2018, 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.  I am pleased Stittsville will be receiving funding of approximately $730,000 for infrastructure projects.  I look forward to supporting the report and recommendations when it comes forward to City Council on February 14, 2018 for final approval.  For more information please review the report below.

Funding for Renewal of Tax-Supported Assets

Stittsville Infrastructure Projects 

Buildings

Facility Address Description Budget $
Stittsville Library 1637 Stittsville Main Replace furnaces and A/C units 55,000
Johnny Leroux Stittsville Arena & CC 10 Warner Colpitts Lane Full modernization of elevator 200,000
Maple Grove Depot Office and Garage 1655 Maple Grove Road Replace doors/flooring/repair & repaint walls – pressure washing bay 100,000
TOTAL 355,000

 

Parks

Facility Address Description Budget $
Fringewood Park Playground 14 Fringewood Drive Replace senior playstructure and play equipment 180,000
West Ridge Park A Playground 20 West Ridge Drive Replace senior playstructure and play equipment 195,000
TOTAL 375,000

Blasting in Stittsville Subdivision Developments

2018 Feb Blasting areas

Developers are blasting in two areas of Stittsville for the following subdivision developments:

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.

Additional investigations have been conducted due to resident concerns and the contractor has installed an additional two seismographs on residential properties in the area to monitor all blast-induced vibrations. An up-to-date review of the blast induced vibration monitoring data indicate vibration levels of less than 4 mm/s (well below the threshold for possibility of cosmetic cracking in drywall, plaster, etc..). Please be advised that the threshold/allowable limit for possibility of cosmetic cracking in drywall, plaster etc. is 50 mm/s as per City of Ottawa Special Provision S.P. No.: F-1201, and that of OPSS-120.

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 take 6 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.

195 Huntmar Lands Work Underway this Week

I have been advised that work is now underway at the development site at 195 Huntmar.

 

Earlier in January, I advised residents that tree clearing would be taking place in the area highlighted in blue on the Property Location Map (see below).

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A partial tree buffer along the eastern boundary will be retained. The permit will allow for the removal of all the trees within the block. An Environmental Impact Statement and Tree Conservation Report was supplied along with supporting geotechnical reports.

 

Tree removal is necessary to accommodate the substantial earthworks (filling/grading/soil loading) required within the on-property portion of the Feedmill Creek flood plain. Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority has approved the earthworks which are expected to start as soon as tree clearing is finished. Access to the site will be off Palladium Drive. Approvals from the Province (species at risk) have been granted. Future permits requests are expected for this development.

 

I would like to remind residents to please exercise caution and avoid this area.  I know some residents enjoy walking in these areas but please remember all the lands in this area are private property. Thank you.

 

Amberway Park Renewal

Amberway Park has been identified for lifecycle renewal in the City’s plans for 2018.  On an annual basis, the City reviews the existing park infrastructure and determines which park structures should be replaced based on a variety of factors. Amberway Park is located at 11 Denham Way in the Amberway community of Stittsville.

A concept plan has been prepared and the City is looking forward to hearing from residents on this plan.  The new structures and playground features will replace the existing structures adding new, updated play elements to the park. The existing swing bay will remain while updating the swings to include an accessible swing, bucket swing and 2 belt swings. New accessible wood fibre fall surface (woodchips) will replace sand, meeting CSA standards and making the play structures and swings accessible. A new asphalt pathway and ramp, bench and litter container will complete the project.

 

Amberway Park Concept Plan

The City is encouraging residents to provide their feedback on the proposed plans to the following:

 

For more information, residents are invited to attend the upcoming Stittsville Parks Information Session on February 8th with an Open House from 6:30-8:45pm with a Presentation at 7pm in Hall A at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex at 1500 Shea Road in Stittsville.

 

Following the public information session, the plans will be posted on the City’s website in bilingual and accessible formats and an official deadline for the comments will be set.

Bryanston Gate Park Renewal

Bryanston Gate Park has been identified for lifecycle renewal in the City’s plans for 2018.  On an annual basis, the City reviews the existing park infrastructure and determines which park structures should be replaced based on a variety of factors. Bryanston Gate Park is located at 23 Alon Street in the Bryanston Gate community of Stittsville.

 

A concept plan has been prepared and the City is looking forward to hearing from residents on this plan.  The concept includes new structures and playground features to replace the existing structures and adding new, updated play elements to the park. The two bay swing will be updated to include an accessible swing, bucket swing and two belt swings. New accessible wood fibre fall surface (woodchips) will replace sand, meeting CSA standards and making the play structures and swings accessible. An additional asphalt pathway and ramps, bench and litter container will complete the project.

 

Bryanston Gate Park Concept Plan

The City is encouraging residents to provide their feedback on the proposed plans to the following:

 

For more information, residents are invited to attend the upcoming Stittsville Parks Information Session on February 8th with an Open House from 6:30-8:45pm with a Presentation at 7pm in Hall A at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex at 1500 Shea Road in Stittsville.

 

Following the public information session, the plans will be posted on the City’s website in bilingual and accessible formats and an official deadline for the comments will be set.