POSTPONED 195 Huntmar Drive Proposed Development Public Meeting


The public meeting scheduled for November 30th as been POSTPONED till Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 with an open house at 6:30 pm with a presentation 7:00 pm at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex (Hall A), located at 1500 Shea Road


The public meeting is regarding a proposed plan of subdivision by Shenkman/Cavanagh for the property at 195 Huntmar Drive, which is located west of Huntmar Drive and south of Highway 417 as shown on the Location Map (File No.: D07-16-16-0011).


The Plan of Subdivision proposes the development of approximately 1120 detached, townhouse, stacked townhouse, and low-rise apartment residential units. The subdivision also includes blocks for commercial development to accommodate a range of small scale retail, restaurant, and service commercial uses and automobile dealerships. A secondary school (OCDSB) and parks, including the Kanata West District Park, are also proposed.


For additional information you can visit my website here.  Please note that in the future a revised Draft Plan of Subdivision will be available on my website and on .


For more information, please contact myself and City Planner Louise Sweet at 613-580-2424 ext. 27586 or

Johnwoods Closure Update

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This week Johnwoods Street was closed between Rosehill and Maple Grove.  Residents are strongly encouraged to avoid this area and only use the area for local traffic.

I am aware that residents in the surrounding areas have experienced additional traffic on their residential streets following the closure.  This is no longer a direct route for drivers to access Highway 417 and over time this should become apparent to drivers and they should seek alternate direct routes.

There has been large variable messaging lit up signs on Hazeldean/Johnwoods, Huntmar/Maple Grove, Maple Grove/Johnwoods and Johnwoods/Rosehill advising drivers that Johnwoods is closed and to use Huntmar instead.  I have also requested the messaging sign at the Maple Grove/Johnwoods be moved further east, closer to Warmstone to provide advance warning to drivers.

At my request, and due to input from some residents, another messaging sign was placed on Huntmar north of Maple Grove to also advise drivers the road is closed and to use Huntmar.  In addition, ‘local traffic only’ signs were placed at Alon and Maple Grove near Santolina.  I requested this additional signage specifically knowing there was an Ottawa Senator home game last night.  I also requested Ottawa Police Services to assist in directing traffic to use Huntmar last night as well.

I am aware that there were reports of OC Transpo busses traveling through some streets which they should not be, and this is being resolved.  The developers for Fairwinds West and Poole Creek Village have also been reminded again to ensure that all of their construction equipment and contractors do not use existing neighbourhood.  Traffic counts are also being taken in the communities surrounding Johnwoods and these results will be made available to the community through my eNewsletter.

Johnwoods Closing November 15th

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I would like to remind residents that Johnwoods Street will be permanently closing on November 15th. Commuters are encouraged to use Huntmar Road and other alternate routes.


I have continued to receive questions and comments on this road closure and working with staff I have the following information that I can share with the community.


Traffic Calming Measures

  • Flex stakes were installed this week on Rosehill Drive, these are temporary and were installed by the developer.  In my electronic newsletter last week, I advised the community that the long term plan is for chicanes to be permanently installed on the street next year – chicanes are a proven form of traffic calming which narrows a roadway to encourage drivers to slow down.
  • In addition, there are already plans underway to have a speed board in this area on the street as soon as it is received.I will also be requesting additional Police presence in the area after Johnwoods closes.
  • This week, I met with Transportation Staff regarding traffic calming for the other portions of Rosehill Drive and this will be included for traffic calming initiatives as well.
  • Permanent traffic calming measures are done through the Area Traffic Management (ATM) group at the City.  For a roadway to receive permanent traffic calming measures, it first must meet a set of Council approved screening criteria. If a roadway does meet the screening criteria, it is then prioritized against other locations that have also meet the screening criteria. It is difficult to say when a roadway that meets the screening criteria will receive permanent traffic calming measures.  Approximately seven studies are done a year by the ATM group and at last count they had over 40 locations on their list of locations eligible for review with more locations being added that can change the priority ranking.


Traffic Counts

  • Traffic counts have already been done for the area and in addition to those counts, the City is also collecting data through the use of road tubes (ATR) which collect speed and volume data (this is planned for this Fall, weather permitting).
  • As referenced in the documents on my website, there was a Traffic Impact Study completed for the Fairwinds West subdivision (33 Johnwoods) and this study has been available on the City of Ottawa Development Application website. In addition, there was also a traffic review done for the temporary and permanent traffic calming measures installed on the street. The City did undertake traffic counts recently in the area (including on a Senators game night) and will conduct traffic counts after the closure as well. I also had a private consultant conduct a traffic count on Johnwoods.
  • After the traffic count following the closure is completed, I will share all this information with the community.


Rosehill Capacity

  • Rosehill was built and planned as a collector road which has the capacity to hold additional traffic volume and can accommodate buses as well. While I sympathize with residents on Rosehill that they may not have realized the road was planned for this, it was noted in the development plans for the subdivisions and in the purchase and sale agreements.
    • In the subdivision agreement (instrument number OC1658889) for the Mattamy’s Fairwinds West subdivision (draft approved on October 2013 and registered on August 13, 2014), both Rosehill Avenue and Santolina Street have been identified for potential transit services.
    • Rosehill Avenue between Huntmar Drive and Johnwoods Street is designated as a Collector street within the City’s Transportation Master Plan and is planned to function as a connection between Huntmar Drive and Johnwoods Street.
    • Rosehill Avenue, beginning with the portion within the original Mattamy Fairwinds subdivision (draft approved in 2006) has always been built to a 21.5 metre right of way width, with sidewalks on both sides and designed to accommodate bus traffic.


As I disclosed last year, the City did make an oversight in not completing the last stage of the consultation before granting the final decision to close the road. However, this road closure was considered because of the complaints from residents through the Kanata West Concept Plan discussions when the Fairwinds West development application was submitted. I encourage you to review the reports such as the Delegated Authority Report and the Traffic Impact Study where the residents’ concerns are noted.


If you would like additional background information please visit my website at The documents on my website include detailed information regarding the decision to close Johnwoods and in the reports there is also a summary of the concerns raised by the residents in the area which led to the recommendation to close the road.

Richcraft Homes Zoning Approved for development at 1620 and 1636 Maple Grove Road

This week at City Council the zoning application for the Richcraft Homes development at 1620 and 1636 Maple Grove Road was approved. This site is located south of Maple Grove Road, west of the Carp River and north of the Grant Shopping Plaza (Lowes).


The zoning amendment they submitted is to permit a residential subdivision for proposes 945 units that include a mix of single-detached, townhouses, back-to-back townhouses, stacked townhouses and low-rise apartments. A school, a commercial block and three parks are proposed.  A holding symbol on a portion of the land along the Carp River can only be lifted once conditions related to Carp River restoration works have been met. The lands will be rezoned but the holding provision will be carried forward until conditions are met.


Planning Committee Zoning Report

Plan of Subdivision


The development applications for this site were submitted in 2004 and public consultation was undertaken during that time. There was a concern expressed by some in the community that there was not adequate time for the community to provide comments on the zoning application.  Concerned residents requested the item be deferred to the following Planning Committee and given the concerns I did put a motion forward requesting a deferral.  However, my motion was not supported by the committee and the committee approved the zoning application with my dissention on the report.  I also dissented on the report at City Council where it was approved.


Johnwoods Closure Update

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I have received a number of questions and comments from residents regarding the Johnwoods Street Closure which will be taking place on November 15th. For background, including information on the decision to close the road, I encourage residents to ensure they have reviewed the information posted on my website here.


Working with City staff, the following responses have been prepared for some of the questions that have been raised. I am continuing to work with City staff on the questions that have been raised and will share more information with the community in the coming weeks as we move forward in this process.


There have been requests for a delay to the closure and at this time there are no plans to delay the closure of the road.  It is anticipated that this entire project will be completed by the end of June 2018.

Linear Park Design Comments:

  • Some residents have requested an extension to the comment deadline for the design details of the park.  The deadline for design comments has been extended until November 30th, 2017.
  • Following the deadline of November 30th, comments will be consolidated and reviewed. Responses and any revisions will be posted in my eNewsletter.

Road Inquires:

  • Residents have raised concerns with some of the road conditions in the area.  Santolina and the portion of Rosehill within the Fairwinds West subdivision is complete with top lift of asphalt. Top lift on the remaining portion of Rosehill is estimated for summer 2018 due to continuous work on the Poole Creek subdivision.  The barricade on Rosehill will be open without the top lift being completed. A request has been placed with Tartan to help fix some of the potholes near Rosehill and Warmstone to provide a better driving condition.
  • There have been inquiries regarding the classifications of roads in this area and on the map it notes that Maple Grove Road is a Major Collector Road and that the southern portion of Johnwoods and Rosehill are classified as Collector Roads. A reminder that an extensive list of all road classifications in Stittsville is available on the “Ward Maps” section of my website under the “Community” header or by clicking here.
  • Rosehill and Santolina were designed to accommodate transit service and this was also noted in the purchase and sales agreements of the homes on these streets.

Road Classification

Rosehill Traffic Calming:

  • Rosehill Drive will have traffic calming measures installed on the street. Please see the map available here, showing the location of the permanent and temporary traffic calming measures planned for the street.
  • The long term permanent plan is to have traffic calming chicanes installed on the street. These will be installed once the entire street receives the top lift of asphalt in 2018.  The final design for these is in the process of being completed and will be shared with the community once complete.
  • In the interim, by November 8th there will be flex stakes placed in 5 locations on Rosehill Drive. These will remain in place until the snow falls this season and if necessary will be re-installed in the Spring 2018 before the chicanes are installed.

Traffic Counts for Johnwoods

  • Transportation staff are reviewing the traffic data submitted by the community.  This data is being compared to the City’s existing data as well as data which I contracted to have done on the street. The City’s Transportation Department has also recently taken a traffic count during Ottawa Senators home games and this data is currently being processed.


Closure Notice Signage


Update to Mapping Programs

  • The City’s mapping program will be updated and the City has also been in contact with mapping agencies such as Google Maps.

Committee Votes to Protect Shea Road Woods

As mentioned in last week’s column, this week, Planning Committee discussed and approved an agreement that would see the City acquire about five hectares of Shea Road Woods, a popular local greenspace in Stittsville’s Fernbank Community south of Abbott Street East and east of Shea Road near Holy Spirit Parish.


This is great news for the community as the woods – deemed Stittsville’s “unofficial dogpark” – are a beautiful green space in which residents often take their dogs for long walks to soak in some of our community’s natural beauty.


City Council committed to acquiring this important natural area in 2009, to ensure area residents have access to high quality outdoor recreational space. The agreement with CRT Developments would see the City pay cash for about one third of the property. The remaining two thirds would be transferred in exchange for another parcel of land that was to be developed as a City park.


As part of subdivision agreements, Ottawa requires each developer to design and build parks on behalf of the City. As part of a subdivision next 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 would allow that land to instead be developed with low-density housing. There would be no net loss of recreational park facilities within the Fernbank Community as CRT Developments would pay for parks facilities next to the Shea Road Woods.


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 natural features like Shea Road Woods.


I would like to thank all residents for their overwhelmingly positive response to this item leading into Planning Committee. Your comments certainly made a lasting impression on the Committee members and truly shed a light on how important residents feel about preserving our natural areas.

All existing comments sent to Planning Committee will be circulated to members of Council for discussion and final approval at the November 8th City Council meeting.  If there are residents who did not have an opportunity to submit comments earlier they can email those to Caitlin Salter-MacDonald, Program Manager, Committee & Council Services at .


As this item progresses, I will be certain to share any updates in my weekly newsletter.

Exercise Caution at Active Development Site at CRT Fernbank Lands near Shea Road Woods


I would like to urge residents to please exercise caution in the area of the CRT Fernbank development lands located at 5786 Fernbank Road. This development site is located west of Robert Grant Avenue, south of the Trans Canada Trail and east of the Shea Road Woods / unofficial dog park area. Due to concern expressed by residents regarding the safety of residents who may be accessing this area I have requested the developer to please install additional signage in the area.


It is important that residents are aware that these lands are still privately owned and are indeed part of an active construction site.  There is currently blasting and tree removal work being done in this area.


For information on the construction taking place please visit my recent update here and for additional information on the development plans please visit here.

Johnwoods Street Closure for Multi-Use Pathway from Maple Grove to Rosehill Avenue

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Starting on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, Johnwoods Street will be permanently closed to vehicular traffic from Maple Grove Road to Rosehill Avenue and will be rebuilt as a multi-use pathway for pedestrians and cyclists.


This work will add a safe and accessible recreational amenity, more greenspace and direct connections for pedestrians and cyclists in your community. The pathway will also enhance privacy and livability for nearby residents by reducing vehicle traffic noise and headlight glare.


For more information on this project, including history regarding the decision I encourage residents to please review the documents available on my website.


Blackstone Community Park Update


I have recently received inquiries from residents regarding the Community Park to be constructed in the Blackstone Subdivision.   The large community park in Blackstone will be 3.25 hectares (8 acres +/-) and will service a large area of the Fernbank community and will be located southwest of the intersection of Rouncey Road and Groningen Street.

The park will be constructed by the developers working with the City of Ottawa and the trigger for the park to be built is 50% of the building permits for the area it services. The developer has advised that they aim to start construction in 2018.


As with any new park, there is an opportunity for public comment on the park features.  A plan is in the process of being developed and then it will be circulated to the community for their comments.  The public will be able to comment on the type of park features to have in the park.  At this time the following amenities are being considered however please note these could still change: double tennis court; intermediate and full size soccer field; small skate park, puddle rink, splash pad, parking lot and shade shelter.


It was brought to my attention that one of the developers was sharing the Fit Plan for the park at their sales office, however this is not the final plan and should not have been shared at this time to the public.


For more information on the park development process please view the following image from page 50 of the City’s Park Development Manual (2nd Edition) the outlining the steps involved in designing and building a new park.


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.


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.


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 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.