We’ve had a few inquiries from neighbours about the stormwater management ponds in Fairwinds. There’s one on the south side of Maple Grove, and another next to Brigatine. We asked city councillor Shad Qadri to provide an update. Here’s his email response:
“A new stormwater management pond, including a new outlet to the Carp River, is being constructed within the property at 1635 -1655 Maple Grove Road, between Silver Seven Road and Huntmar Drive. The need for this stormwater management pond, known as Pond 4, was identified in the Kanata West Master Servicing Study and is required to support ongoing residential development in the area. This pond will service the future development area between Palladium Drive and Poole Creek on the west side of the Carp River and is being constructed now to facilitate two new subdivisions being developed along Maple Grove Road by Mattamy and Tartan/Tamarack. This pond will allow Mattamy Homes to decommission their existing pond servicing Fairwinds South that is located along Maple Grove Road. All aspects of the proposal have been reviewed by the City, the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority and the Ministry of Environment. Required permits for the infrastructure project were recently issued and work on-site began in February. The project is expected to be completed by and operational for home construction within Q2 of this year.
The pond adjacent to Brigatine Avenue was designed and approved to be an interim pond to service the Mattamy lands South of Poole Creek, because the ultimate facility called Pond 5 per the Kanata West Master Servicing Study is to be located on the adjacent Richcraft lands. The Richcraft lands are not under development and therefore couldn’t meet the development timing being proposed by Mattamy. The Brigatine pond will remain in service until the stormpond on the Richcraft lands has been brought into service. As for timing, this is dependent on the developer’s schedule; however, City staff have been in discussions with Richcraft with respect to the design.
The decommission process of the pond requires many internal and external stakeholders’ input and review, and as such, staff are not able to answer that question until a detailed work plan is prepared by Mattamy and their consulting team. Once the City and the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority have issued approval to decommission and abandon the infrastructure, we will be in a position to answer this question. The lands where the stormpond is currently located were registered under the Fairwinds Phase 1 subdivision agreement and are zoned R3YY and are expected to be developed with townhouse dwellings. The final layout has not been determined and the timing of construction will be up to the developer.”
So what exactly does decommissioning mean?
“The two existing stormwater ponds in Fairwinds are interim ponds. When the ponds have been decommissioned, the lands will be developed for residential purposes. The plan of subdivision that was registered for Fairwinds Phase 1 indicated the ultimate street layout, as shown in the excerpt below. The land is zoned for residential purposes (R3YY ) and will be developed with townhouses in accordance with that zoning. The final layout has not been determined and the timing of construction will be up to the developer. The stormwater management ponds are not intended to become a park or open space. All the required Park and Open Space dedication was taken at the time of the subdivision registration, including the active parks and the open space corridor along Poole Creek.”
UPDATE JULY 4: Shad Qadri provided the following update in his email newsletter this week:
1. Decommissioning of temporary stormwater management ponds in Fairwinds
a. Temporary Pond North of Poole Creek (Maple Grove Road is an adjacent road)
i. With the recent completion of the ultimate pond on City of Ottawa land (adjacent to the City Works yard on Maple Grove Road), this temporary stormwater management pond will no longer be in use as a stormwater facility. We will shortly be clearing the pond area, and will then be filling in the area as per our geotechnical engineer’s recommendations. Eventually there will be a mix of detached homes and townhomes constructed in this area; however, construction of the homes will only occur a few years from now as homes in this area currently require the Kanata West Pump Station to be completed. As the water levels of the pond have decreased, we will be installing construction fence around the pond area to ensure the public does not enter the area. Once we have determined timing for when the work would start to fill in the pond, I will provide a schedule to share with homeowners in the area.
b. Temporary Pond South of Poole Creek (Brigatine Heights is an adjacent road)
i. This pond will be decommissioned when the ultimate pond is constructed on our neighbouring owner’s property – we currently anticipate this will be at least four (4) to five (5) years from development, as the neighbouring property is dependent on the completion of the Kanata West Pump Station. When the pond is decommissioned, it will be filled in as per our geotechnical engineer’s recommendation, and then approximately 35 detached homes will be constructed in this area.