Be Aware of New Stittsville Street Names!

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Last year, five Stittsville streets were required to undergo changes due to duplicate and similar sounding names since amalgamation with the City of Ottawa in 2001. Because of the public safety risk this poses with Ottawa’s Emergency Services, the Street Renaming Project was implemented to reconcile these challenges.

 

Names were suggested by members of the community and voted on by households living on the affected streets. The results were published in my November 4th electronic newsletter and on my website, http://www.shadqadri.com.

 

Now, as of March 13th, the names for Bell, Elm, Goulbourn, and Meadowland are now officially renamed.

Bell St (from Stittsville Main-Norway Spruce) is now Bobcat Way, Bell St (from Norway Spruce-West Ridge) is now Snowberry Way, Elm St is now Brae Crescent, Goulbourn St is now Henry Goulburn Way, and Meadowland Way is henceforth Turtleback Way. Long Meadow Way retained its name but residents have undergone a civic number change to the 900-series (ex: 23 Long Meadow Way is now 923 Long Meadow Way).

Please begin to use the new names when referencing the streets to emergency services or addressing mail through Canada Post. For any issues related to Canada Post, please contact Customer Service at 1-800-267-1177. For any other questions or concerns, I encourage residents to contact me and City staff, Rebecca Anderson, at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca and Rebecca.Anderson@ottawa.ca.

Stittsville Street Renaming Date of Implementation

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This week, I received an update from City staff handling the Stittsville Street Renaming project.

 

As you may know, last year, five Stittsville streets were required to undergo changes due to duplicate and similar sounding names since amalgamation with the City of Ottawa in 2001. Because of the public safety risk this poses with Ottawa’s Emergency Services, the Street Renaming Project was implemented to reconcile these challenges.

 

Names were suggested by members of the community and voted on by households living on the affected streets. The results were published in my November 4th electronic newsletter and on my website available here.

 

Now, an official date has been released as to when these changes should take effect.

 

On March 13th, residents of Bell, Elm, Goulbourn, and Meadowland will see their street signs changed.

 

Bell St (from Stittsville Main-Norway Spruce) will become Bobcat Way, Bell St (from Norway Spruce-West Ridge) will become Snowberry Way, Elm St will become Brae Crescent, Goulbourn St will become Henry Goulburn Way, and Meadowland Way will become Turtleback Way. Long Meadow Way will retain its name but undergo a civic number change to the 900-series (ex: 23 Long Meadow Way becomes 923 Long Meadow Way). More instructions as to this procedure will be included in the mailed notice.

 

Notices to the affected residents will be sent out mid-February. Of course, should residents have any questions, I encourage you to contact me and City staff, Rebecca Anderson, at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca and Rebecca.Anderson@ottawa.ca.

Councillor’s View – Stittsville Street Renaming Project Names Chosen

Dear residents,

Due to the amalgamation of the City of Ottawa in 2001, the City identified a number of streets in Stittsville that posed a public safety risk due to duplicate and similar sounding street names. As a result, in January of 2016, the street-renaming project was presented to Stittsville to reconcile the problems which these street names may invoke, not only to residents, but to Emergency Services.

The affected streets are Bell, Elm, Goulbourn, Meadowland, and Long Meadow.

After the first round of consultation, the project deadline was extended to August 12th to provide more opportunity for suggestions from the community.

There were many suggestions made for each street name from the community as well as residents on the affected streets.

Now, I am happy to announce the results of those consultations and the vote. Please note that only residents who own property on the affected streets were eligible to vote and only for their own street. The results are as follows:

Bell St (from Stittsville Main-Norway Spruce) – Receiving 75% (3/4 votes) was Bobcat Way

Bell St (from Norway Spruce-West Ridge) – Receiving 38% (17/45 votes) was Snowberry Way

Elm St – Receiving 73% (44/60 votes) was Brae Crescent

Goulbourn St – Receiving 45% (14/31 votes) was Henry Goulburn Way

Meadowland Way – Receiving 20% (2/10 votes) was Turtleback Way

Long Meadow Way was also presented for a name change, however, the primary concern with this street was in its repeated civic number procession with similar-sounding Lone Meadow Way. As such, this street was unique in that a solution could be found by changing civic numbers to the 900 series (ex: 23 Long Meadow Way becomes 923 Long Meadow Way).

This idea was put forward to residents as an alternative to Bonfire Way (which received 58% or 7/12 of the initial votes).

In the end, 94% of voting residents (15/16) agreed to remain with Long Meadow Way with a civic number change to the 900 series. As such, Long Meadow Way will not be undergoing a name change.

I would like to thank all residents who took the time to participate in this extensive process and for those of you who contributed street name suggestions to provide options for residents to vote on.

Special thanks go to Rebecca Anderson for compiling this information as well to residents who worked within their streets in determining a consensus from residents on their street.

This has been a long and arduous process and I appreciate residents’ patience throughout it all. As I have mentioned, I too would rather not have to change any street names at all; however, as this is a community safety project taking place across the city to ensure that our Emergency Services operates at its greatest capacity, I do believe that we have finally reached a final result which will benefit our community for generations to come.

Official street renaming will take place in the upcoming weeks and affected residents will receive advance notice to make the necessary preparations. Should residents have any questions in the meantime, I encourage you to contact me and City staff, Rebecca Anderson, at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca and Rebecca.Anderson@ottawa.ca.

-Shad

Councillor’s View – Street Renaming Update

Hello residents,

I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to provide their input on the re-naming of select streets in Stittsville. As you may know by now, I too would prefer to not have to re-name any of our Stittsville streets; however, it has been made clear by the City these changes are necessary in the advocacy of public safety. We are deeply connected to our history here in Stittsville and I think the responses from residents on this topic prove just how important our roots are to us.

The City advised that the following street names are required to undergo changes: Bell Street, Goulbourn Street, Elm Crescent, Long Meadow Way, and Meadowland Drive (Walker Road, which was also subject to the re-naming process, has already undergone the necessary changes to become Henry Walker Grove as per suggestion from the community).

I want to assure you that this street re-naming is taking place throughout the City of Ottawa and it is not only happening to our community of Stittsville. Given the significant interest and feedback from Stittsville residents, the City has taken additional steps in the consultation process and I would like to thank City Staff, Rebecca Anderson, for her extensive amount of work and time committed to this file.

We have now completed two rounds of opportunities for residents to provide their feedback with suggested street names. I feel that through this second round we have collected a considerable number of suitable suggestions.  These suggestions underwent a thorough vetting process and now, all names that have passed this process are being provided to the affected residents. Each property will be able to cast a vote on the name they prefer; affected properties will receive the suggestions and voting information in their mail and only those who are affected will be permitted to cast a vote for their street.

It is important to explain that names received under the commemorative naming process, despite passing the vetting process, are not being provided for this vote.

When we began this process, the opportunity was provided for residents to submit names in honour of an individual or family name for commemorative purposes.  A large number of commemorative naming suggestions were received, many of which had very strong merits and community significance. However, in some cases, multiple suggestions were made for the same street and concerns were shared that this could result in a competition between these well deserving family names. Therefore, in discussion with City staff it was decided that instead it would be recommended to those who submitted a commemorative naming application to have these names used in future Stittsville developments.

I greatly appreciate the feedback we have received and I feel that this new listing of street naming suggestions is a large improvement from the last round provided to residents in June.

The lists in their entirety have not been supplied to residents as they are quite extensive; however, this information – including all name options being provided to residents on affected streets and those names which were submitted and did not pass the vetting process – are available on my website at www.shadqadri.com. Please note that some names considered offensive/derogatory have been removed from the list of names that did not pass vetting.

-Shad

Street Re-Naming Update

As many of you know, some Stittsville streets required new names due to similar sounding names existing within the City since the amalgamation in 2004. The public was invited to give new options to rename Bell, Elm, Goulbourn, Meadowlands and Long Meadow Way and the deadline is now complete.

After the amazing response from the affected residents and extended members of the community, City staff is presently vetting all of the street name submissions for compliance with the street naming guidelines.

Once the vetting is complete a new letter will be sent to the property owners on the affected streets asking them to vote on one of the compliant street name submissions.  One vote will be accepted per property.

The street names presented to the property owners will be:

  • listed alphabetically;
  • identify the intended meaning for the name; and
  • identify whether it was submitted by a resident of the street or not.

Any street name intended to recognize an individual must have been successfully approved for commemoration.  Throughout the submission process we have received a number of street names acknowledging meritorious members of the community. These names will not be included as part of the vote as the approved commemorative street names will instead be applied to new streets within new development areas in Stittsville.

A new name will be selected based on the street name with the highest number of votes.  A subsequent letter will be sent to the affected residents notifying them of their new street name and implementation date and of course, I will be announcing all updates in my weekly column.

Stittsville Street Re-naming Suggestions Deadline Approaches

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I want to thank all of you who have provided feedback on the street re-naming process being undertaken for Bell, Elm, Goulbourn, Meadowlands and Long Meadow Way. This has been a long process and I would like to invite all residents who have new name suggestions and have not already submitted them to do so before the deadline of August 12th.

It’s important to note that names must be vetted through the City and that is why you may not have seen some of your previous suggestions provided as options.  You can view the names that have already been suggested and vetted here.

In making your suggestions it is useful to review the City’s website regarding Street Name Changes which also includes the Criteria for Street Naming, please visitwww.ottawa.ca/streetnames.

I also encourage you to visit Geo Ottawa as you will be able to determine if a street name already exists: http://maps.ottawa.ca/geoOttawa.

Residents do also have the opportunity to submit a commemorative name through the City’s Commemorative Naming process.

Please direct your suggested street names to Rebecca Anderson by August 12, 2016 via email to Rebecca.Anderson@ottawa.ca and you may also send it to my email at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca .  Alternatively you can also mail your recommendations to Rebecca Anderson, City of Ottawa, 3rd Floor, 101 Centrepointe Drive (04-11), Ottawa, ON  K2G 5K7.

Residents of the affected streets will receive mailed letters in September seeking their feedback on another round of names.

Final decisions will be made by the end of 2016.

If you have further questions please feel free to contact myself and Rebecca Anderson at Rebecca.Anderson@ottawa.ca. Affected residents on these streets being re-named will also receive this information and a letter from the City in the mail.

I want to thank all of you who have provided feedback on the street re-naming process being undertaken for Bell, Elm, Goulbourn, Meadowlands and Long Meadow Way. This has been a long process and I would like to invite all residents who have new name suggestions and have not already submitted them to do so before the deadline of August 12th.

It’s important to note that names must be vetted through the City and that is why you may not have seen some of your previous suggestions provided as options.  You can view the names that have already been suggested and vetted here.

In making your suggestions it is useful to review the City’s website regarding Street Name Changes which also includes the Criteria for Street Naming, please visitwww.ottawa.ca/streetnames.

I also encourage you to visit Geo Ottawa as you will be able to determine if a street name already exists: http://maps.ottawa.ca/geoOttawa.

Residents do also have the opportunity to submit a commemorative name through the City’s Commemorative Naming process.

Please direct your suggested street names to Rebecca Anderson by August 12, 2016 via email to Rebecca.Anderson@ottawa.ca and you may also send it to my email at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca .  Alternatively you can also mail your recommendations to Rebecca Anderson, City of Ottawa, 3rd Floor, 101 Centrepointe Drive (04-11), Ottawa, ON  K2G 5K7.

Residents of the affected streets will receive mailed letters in September seeking their feedback on another round of names.

Final decisions will be made by the end of 2016.

If you have further questions please feel free to contact myself and Rebecca Anderson at Rebecca.Anderson@ottawa.ca. Affected residents on these streets being re-named will also receive this information and a letter from the City in the mail.

Councillor’s View – Street Renaming Update

Dear Residents,

I want to thank all of you who have provided feedback on the street re-naming process being undertaken for Bell, Elm, Goulbourn, Meadowlands and Long Meadow Way.  I hope that you can appreciate this is a difficult process and that I too would prefer the names to remain the same as they have been long standing names in our community.

Unfortunately we must understand the reality that these changes must be done and that one of the main reasons for the change is due to safety concerns expressed by Emergency Services as similar names could result in staff being allocated to the wrong address.  There was consideration made as to which street in the City would be required to be changed and the City reviewed a number of factors when deciding which street to re-name, the comparison can be seen here.

Given the feedback we have received, Rebecca Anderson in Building Code Services and I have agreed to re-open the discussion and allow another opportunity for residents to provide more suggestions for potential street names.  I want to stress that this situation is not being taken lightly by the City and that I am very pleased that Rebecca Anderson is willing to re-open the item and allow for more suggestions to be considered.  I do request that residents please remember to be respectful of City staff and understand that they are here to work with us on this matter.

It’s important to note that names must be vetted through the City and that is why you may not have seen some of your previous suggestions provided as options.  You can view the names that have already been suggested and vetted here.

In making your suggestions it is useful to review the City’s website regarding Street Name Changes which also includes the Criteria for Street Naming, please visit www.ottawa.ca/streetnames.

I also encourage you to visit Geo Ottawa as you will be able to determine if a street name already exists: http://maps.ottawa.ca/geoOttawa.

Residents do also have the opportunity to submit a commemorative name through the City’s Commemorative Naming process.

In the first round of street name suggestions the City did receive commemorative naming applications, some of which passed the City’s vetting process and could be suitable for use.  As two of the names were submitted for the same street I was concerned that this could create tension between the families if both names were provided as options and therefore did not provide any of the commemorative names as options.  That being said, I have been in contact with some of the families to further discuss their applications and at this time I do hope to provide them as options in the next round of request for feedback for names.

Please direct your suggested street names to Rebecca Anderson by August 12, 2016 via email to Rebecca.Anderson@ottawa.ca and you may also send it to my email at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca .  Alternatively you can also mail your recommendations to Rebecca Anderson, City of Ottawa, 3rd Floor, 101 Centrepointe Drive (04-11), Ottawa, ON  K2G 5K7.

Residents of the affected streets will receive mailed letters in September seeking their feedback on another round of names.

Final decision to be made by the end of 2017.

If you have further questions please feel free to contact myself and Rebecca Anderson at Rebecca.Anderson@ottawa.ca .  Affected residents on these streets being re-named will also receive this information and a letter from the City in the mail.

-Shad

Stittsville Street Re-Naming

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Earlier this year in my column I advised the community that City Staff initiated a project to re-name a number of street names in Stittsville.

As a result of amalgamation there were many duplicate and similar sounding street names which can provide confusion to residents and present a safety risk to residents when confusion is caused by the City’s Emergency Services.

Stittsville has 6 street names that are similar and or identical to other streets within the City of Ottawa.  The decision to re-name these streets in Stittsville was made by comparing a number of characteristics of the streets.  You can review the comparison chart here.  The property owners of the affected streets who will be specifically affected were notified by mail earlier this year of the requirement to change their street name.

In their notice the residents were asked to provide suggestions for the new name for their street, and I also asked residents of Stittsville to provide suggestions in my column.  City staff reviewed all replacement street name suggestions and they were screened to ensure they are appropriate and meet the City’s standards.  Unfortunately a number of the suggested names did not meet the City’s screening process.  To review all the suggested names please review the Vetting Suggested Street Names June 2016 which identifies the reason why some suggested names were unable to be used.

After a thorough review by City staff the below suggestions were made for each street and a notice was recently delivered to all affected properties requesting that residents please provide their selection of the potential names.

Bell Street

Goulbourn Street

Elm Crescent

Long Meadow Way

Meadowland Drive

Walker Road – Renamed to Henry Walker Grove (This was a community suggestion and has already been approved and changed).

SUGGESTED NAMES

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If you live on one of the affected streets please make sure to provide your input.  Please note the deadline has been extended to July 11, 2016.

This all being said, I have heard from residents who are not pleased with the proposed names and I will continue to work with staff on this matter further.  If you have concerns or comments you can direct them myself and Rebecca Anderson, Program and Project Management Officer, with the Building Code Services Branch at rebecca.anderson@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2424, ext. 28121.

Stittsville Street Names Requiring Renaming

In 2001, 11 former cities and townships were amalgamated into the new City of Ottawa. Combining these municipalities resulted in many duplicate and similar sounding street names as many of our communities share local history and geography.

Following amalgamation, the primary focus for resolving street name problems was the elimination of identical street names and street type designation (i.e. Main Street former Goulbourn and Main Street former Ottawa, and is now known as Stittsville Main Street).

However, Stittsville as well as the City of Ottawa as a whole, still has a number of street names that can cause confusion, not only to area residents but to Emergency Services, and require resolution.

Stittsville has 6 street names that are similar and or identical to other streets within the City of Ottawa which can be problematic and are now in the process of accepting replacement street names. The lists of streets listed below have been confirmed and will require name or civic number changes.

Property owners who will be specifically affected will be notified by mail.

They are as follows:

  • Bell Street
  • Goulbourn Street
  • Elm Crescent
  • Long Meadow Way
  • Meadowland Drive
  • Walker Road

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Stittsville Road Renaming Map PDF

The City’s most important objective in rectifying the confusing street names is to attain a balance between creating the most optimal solution from a wayfinding and public safety standpoint, while minimizing the impact to residents and businesses. Therefore the primary factor in making the decision is based on the number of addresses affected that is the street with the lower number of addresses would be the one to change.  With that said, there is also sensitivity to the fact that there are other important attributes associated with each street name.

In the event that the number of addresses affected is relatively close between the pair or group of confusing street names, we do consider the following other factors: historical significance of the name of the street, when the street was developed, the function and amount of traffic the street is to carry, and landmarks.  Since in every situation for the six streets affected in Stittsville the other factors were very similar to the other streets being compared, it is the number of properties affected that is the deciding factor in each case.

A comparison of the street data is available below:

Street Comparison Chart

Next Steps

 

City staff are accepting replacement street name suggestions which will then be screened to ensure they are appropriate. Information about the street name change process and how you can be involved in the selection of a new name for these streets is available on the City’s website at www.ottawa.ca/streetchanges . Those submitting names to recognize a person will also be required to submit an application for Commemorative Naming approval. The replacement street names will be reviewed by the City and a final decision will be made by the Director of Building Code Services under delegated authority from Council and following consultation with myself.

 

If you are interested in submitting a street name change for the aforementioned streets in Stittsville please provide your recommendations by February 8th, 2016 to Rebecca Anderson, Program and Project Management Officer, with the Building Code Services Branch at rebecca.anderson@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2424, ext. 28121.

 

Stittsville Street Names Requiring Renaming

In 2001, 11 former cities and townships were amalgamated into the new City of Ottawa. Combining these municipalities resulted in many duplicate and similar sounding street names as many of our communities share local history and geography.

Following amalgamation, the primary focus for resolving street name problems was the elimination of identical street names and street type designation (i.e. Main Street former Goulbourn and Main Street former Ottawa, and is now known as Stittsville Main Street).

However, Stittsville as well as the City of Ottawa as a whole, still has a number of street names that can cause confusion, not only to area residents but to Emergency Services, and require resolution.

Stittsville has 6 street names that are similar and or identical to other streets within the City of Ottawa which can be problematic and are now in the process of accepting replacement street names.  The lists of streets listed below have been confirmed and will require name or civic number changes.

Property owners who will be specifically affected will be notified by mail.

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They are as follows:

  • Bell Street
  • Goulbourn Street
  • Elm Crescent
  • Long Meadow Way
  • Meadowland Drive
  • Walker Road

Next Steps

City staff are accepting replacement street name suggestions which will then be screened to ensure they are appropriate. Information about the street name change process and how you can be involved in the selection of a new name for these streets is available on the City’s website at www.ottawa.ca/streetchanges . Those submitting names to recognize a person will also be required to submit an application for Commemorative Naming approval. The replacement street names will be reviewed by the City and a final decision will be made by the Director of Building Code Services under delegated authority from Council and following consultation with myself.

If you are interested in submitting a street name change for the aforementioned streets in Stittsville please provide your recommendations by February 1st, 2016 to Rebecca Anderson, Program and Project Management Officer, with the Building Code Services Branch at rebecca.anderson@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2424, ext. 28121.