Pancakes in the Park – July 21st

The weather is hot and so are the grills! That means it’s time once again for Pancakes in the Park!

Stop by Blackstone Park between 8:00-10:00 AM on Saturday, July 21st to enjoy some delicious pancakes prepared courtesy of Enbridge.

Come and chat about any City-related questions you may have and check out the many informational booths that will be set up by Ottawa Public Health, Crime Prevention Ottawa, Safer Roads Ottawa, Ottawa Police Services, French Recreational Services, the Stittsville Foodbank, Hydro Ottawa, Ecology Ottawa, the Blackstone/Fernbank Crossing Community Association (BFCCA), Mattamy, Cardel, and EQ Homes!

The BFCCA will be holding a rock painting area for youth while Safer Roads Ottawa will once again be sharing some bicycle safety tips for new cyclists to get out there and enjoy some summer activities so be sure to bring your bikes! A bouncy castle will also be set-up and monitored courtesy of Mattamy Homes.

The event is free but donations to the Stittsville Food Bank will be graciously accepted to help feed other hungry residents in need.

I hope that many residents take the time to stop by and enjoy this annual event to get to know more about our community, its services, and of course, your neighbours!

Motion Approved at City Council

Over the past year, I have been in discussion with City Staff on how the City can best show our appreciation and recognition of our Emergency First Responders. On Wednesday at City Council I asked that the Rules of Procedure be waived to consider the following motion:

WHEREAS first responders, including paramedics, firefighters and police officers, provide an invaluable service to the community; and

WHEREAS first responders in Ottawa help thousands of people each year at some of the most difficult times of their lives; and

WHEREAS the City of Ottawa support the ongoing and tireless efforts of all our first responders; and

WHEREAS first responders are often the unsung heroes of an emergency situation; and

WHEREAS around the world first responders are recognized with appreciation weeks at different times of the year;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Ottawa City Council declare October 8 to 15, 2018 to be First Responder Appreciation Week in the City of Ottawa.

I am pleased to announce that the motion passed with unanimous consent. The week of recognition will appropriately include the first responders event 9RUNRUN – Stittsville’s very own run in support of local emergency services. The event supports mental health programs such as Do It For Daron (DIFD) and Hope Rising at the Queensway Carleton Hospital, bringing together runners, walkers, volunteers and spectators through its partnership with the Ottawa Police, Paramedic and Fire Departments. I’d like to thank Stittsville Volunteer Firefighter and coordinator of 9RUNRUN event, Brenda Tirrell for her support.

Johnwoods Multi-Use-Pathway

Construction work has been on going this past month for the Johnwoods Multi-use-pathway (MUP). The developer is currently working on the granular base for the MUP prior to laying the asphalt. Tree plantings are in progress. The bypass sewer has been installed; with some cleanup work to be completed. The MUP is anticipated to be open for public use at the end of August keeping in mind inclement weather can alter the date.

Mattamy Homes’ contractor will cut the grass after construction is completed. Mattamy and the City of Ottawa will meet to review the completed work and address any deficiencies. Once Mattamy has completed the work to the satisfaction of the City, the Public Works and Environmental Services Department will take over maintenance of the multi-use pathway.

 

Preparation work for Westwood Subdivision Watermain

Some utility construction work is being conducted on two sections of the TransCanada Trail south of Abbott in the coming weeks. This is required to install the watermain and proposed pedestrian pathway as part of the future Westwood subdivision (CRT Lands).

Taggart Construction will need to temporarily shut down the Trail to complete the watermain installation. This time will include tentatively July 23 to August 3rd to install the watermain connecting to Abbott.

 

Carp and Hazeldean Fully-Protected Turn Signals Now Installed

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I wanted to take a quick moment to share the good news that after months of going back and forth with traffic staff and hearing feedback from residents, the intersection of Hazeldean and Carp Rd is now fully equipped with two new fully-protected advance green left turn signals.

Traffic staff have implemented the new fully-protected advance green left turn signals travelling East from Hazeldean onto Carp (moving North toward the 417) and North from Carp onto Hazeldean (moving West).

The new lights are in addition to the fully-protected lights that presently exist when travelling South down Carp and turning East onto Hazeldean.

This is great news for residents who have expressed concern for safety at this intersection when making a left turn without having full visibility of oncoming traffic.

Late last fall, my office conducted a month-long survey on my website, requesting residents to provide their specific vote on what changes, if any, they would like to see at the intersection. 747 votes in total were collected with an impressive majority voting in support of both a Northbound and Eastbound advance turn signal.

Over the winter, I worked with traffic staff to review the results who reiterated their earlier points that by implementing the changes, traffic may be delayed in other directions. I relayed this information back to residents in the spring with charted projections of expected traffic delays during both morning and afternoon rush-hours, requesting residents to share any additional feedback they may have before moving forward with the changes. Most feedback continued to remain in support for the project so I provided staff the green light to begin with the planning.

Now, I am happy to see that the advance signals are officially up and running. This has been a long process and I would like to thank everyone in the community who has taken the time to share their input during this consultation process and reach out to me over the years and for expression your patience while staff and I worked toward a solution that prioritized safety with the consistent flow of traffic. I would also like to thank traffic staff for all of their hard work and diligence in managing this very complicated file for the benefit of residents.

Please let me know your thoughts on these changes over the coming weeks by emailing me at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca as I would be happy to share any comments either positive or negative with traffic staff to better monitor the trend of this important intersection moving forward.

Main St Enhancements Approved at FEDCO

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This week at Finance and Economic Development Committee, the City moved to secure $856,000 in provincial funding for main-street enhancements across the City as part of the Government of Ontario’s $26-million Main Street Revitalization Initiative with the goal of funding public realm enhancements in main street areas that improve energy efficiency, accessibility, aesthetics and the marketability of small businesses.

“Staff wish to thank all of the Ward Councillors and BIAs who submitted project ideas in support of the Ontario’s Main Street Revitalization Initiative.”

I was happy to support this project by working with staff to provide insight and ideas on how our own Stittsville Main St could benefit from additional funding improvements. My suggestions to staff focused on four main objectives:

  1. Commercial Building Façade Improvements
  2. Structural Improvements to Building Upgrades
  3. Emphasis on Accessibility
  4. Streetscape and Landscape Improvements

In my report, I also clarified the importance of retaining Stittsville Main’s heritage design through lighting and building fronts whilst encouraging accessibility and draw for both seniors (due to the multiple homes and residences along the street) and cyclists (as a result of the new bike repair station and water fountain in Village Square Park making Stittsville Main an ideal destination area).

Now, I am pleased to share that $200,000 was expensed to support enhancements along Stittsville Main St including a project to create a new trailhead piazza at the western entrance of the TransCanada Trail.

The proposed piazza will include:

  • New and upgraded seating
  • New landscaping
  • New pavers
  • Upgraded signage and wayfinding
  • Upgraded cycling facilities (parking)

Additional improvements include:

  • New and upgraded benches
  • New bike rings in strategic locations
  • Other components as determined through the design process.

I would like to thank City staff for working so diligently on this project that will benefit future visitors to Stittsville Main for generations to come!

 

I highly encourage all residents to take a look at the proposal images below to get a better idea of what’s to come along Stittsville Main! You can also view the report in its entirety by clicking here.

This item will go to Council on Wednesday, July 11th for final approval.

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195 Huntmar Reminder for Comments

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The Planning Department received a revised Plan of Subdivision and revised reports for the development application in relation to 195 Huntmar application. An email has been sent to everyone who attended the Public Meeting and/or requested to be notified of any revisions and decisions advising them that the revised plans and reports can be viewed on DevApps.

 

The following link is where you can find the Revised Draft Plan of Subdivision and other associated reports. Please note that the revisions are similar to what was presented at the Public Meeting in January 2018.  Any further comments can be submitted to the lead planner for the file Louise Sweet up until July 15, 2018.

Pancakes in the Park – July 21st

The weather is hot and so are the grills! That means it’s time once again for Pancakes in the Park!

 

Stop by Blackstone Park between 8:00-10:00 AM on Saturday, July 21st to enjoy some delicious pancakes prepared courtesy of Enbridge.
Come and chat about any City-related questions you may have and check out the many informational booths that will be set up by Ottawa Public Health, Crime Prevention Ottawa, Safer Roads Ottawa, Ottawa Police Services, the Stittsville Foodbank, Hydro Ottawa, Ecology Ottawa, the Blackstone/Fernbank Crossing Community Association (BFCCA), Mattamy, Cardel, and EQ Homes!

 

The BFCCA will be holding a rock painting area for youth while Safer Roads Ottawa will once again be sharing some bicycle safety tips for new cyclists to get out there and enjoy some summer activities so be sure to bring your bikes!

 

A bouncy castle will also be set-up and monitored courtesy of Mattamy Homes.

 

The event is free but donations to the Stittsville Food Bank will be graciously accepted to help feed other hungry residents in need.

 

I hope that many residents take the time to stop by and enjoy this annual event to get to know more about our community, its services, and of course, your neighbours!

Thank You to All for Canada Day Celebrations

Albeit very hot, this year’s Canada Day saw sunny skies and beautiful weather.

I would like to take a moment to thank everyone in Stittsville who helped to contribute to the success of events across the City with special thanks to Tanya Hein and the Stittsville Village Association. As always, it was a sparkling success with great times enjoyed by many families within our community.

Canada Day is certainly a time for togetherness and every year, I am reminded just what that looks like by all of our residents, old and young, coming out to celebrate what it means to be Canadian. From the bottom of my heart, thank you, and I hope everyone enjoyed the day as much as I did.