Author: Martin Stein

Board Notes

Monthly Board Meeting (all residents welcome) – Monday, April…

Fairwinds-Poole Creek Community Association Monthly Meeting
Monday, April 9
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

**Please note the change of location.** We will be at THE KEG at 7:30pm – we have a reservation under “Fairwinds”.

 

All residents are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to info@fairwindscommunity.com.

On the agenda:

  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Minutes from March meeting
  • Recreation & Events
  • Advocacy
  • Finance
  • Membership
  • Other Business & Community Concerns
  • Next board meeting: 

 

Board Notes

FCA Monthly Meeting – Monday, January 8

Fairwinds Community Association Monthly Meeting
Monday, January 8
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Wellings Leasing Centre, 5709 Hazeldean Road (next to the Shopper’s Drug Mart at Hazeldean & Huntmar)

All residents are welcome to join us for the first meeting of 2018. Please RSVP to info@fairwindscommunity.com.

On the agenda:

  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Minutes from October meeting
  • Recreation & Events
    – Bandmaster Park rink update
    – Event grant program idea / discussion
  • Advocacy
    – 195 Huntmar Public Meeting on Wednesday, Jan 10
    – Winter parking pilot
    – Johnwoods closure
  • Finance Update
  • Membership Update
    – Membership drive
  • Other business & Community Concerns
    – 2018 AGM
  • Next board meeting: tbd

 

Community News

RECAP: Grand opening of the Rosehill Expressway!

Autoroute Rosehill Expressway sign

Thanks to everyone who came out to today’s grand opening of the “Rosehill Expressway”.   With the closure of Johnwoods scheduled to happen on Wednesday, this was our tongue-in-cheek celebration to mark the opening of Rosehill to traffic – and with it, an influx of vehicles onto local streets like Rosehill, Santolina, Warmstone, Alon, Mika and others.

If you haven’t signed the traffic safety petition yet, email us at info@fairwindscommunity.com. (Our neighbour Mike is taking the signed petition to City Hall on Tuesday.)

Also, thank you to our neighbours in Bryanston Gate Community Neighbours and the many volunteers who helped with today’s event and the petition signing this week.

Here’s some media coverage of the event so far:

 

Rosehill Expressway

Board Notes

FCA Monthly Meeting – Monday, November 13

Fairwinds Community Association Monthly Meeting
Monday, November 13
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Sobey’s Community Kitchen (Corner of Carp Road & Hazeldean Road)

All residents welcome. Please RSVP to info@fairwindscommunity.com.

Draft Agenda:

  1. Approval of Agenda
  1. Approval of Minutes from October meeting
  1. Recreation & Events
    – Bandmaster Park rink update
    – Idea for events grant program
  1. Advocacy
    – Winter parking pilot
    – Johnwoods closure
    – Richcraft development on Maple Grove
  1. Finance Update
  2. Membership Update
  3. Web site Update
  4. Other business & Community Concerns
    – 2018 AGM in February
  5. Next board meeting: December 11, 2017
Development

Johnwoods closure + Rosehill opening coming this fall

Here’s an update from Councillor Shad Qadri about the status of the closure of Johnwoods / opening of Rosehill. Although his note doesn’t specify a date, we’ve heard mid- to late-November as a likely timeline. The plan is to turn the north end of Johnwoods (from Rosehill to Maple Grove) into a linear park with a recreation path. The concrete barriers on Rosehill would be removed, creating a continuous route from Johnwoods to the traffic circle at Huntmar.

We believe these changes will lead to a significant increase in traffic in our community, particularly along Rosehill between Johnwoods and Huntmar.  Our association has already voiced this concern to Councillor Qadri and city staff, and we’ve asked that appropriate traffic calming measures be put in place on Rosehill to lower the safety risk to our residents. It’s not yet clear if that will happen.

If have any comments, please email Councillor Qadri at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca and/or the Fairwinds Community Association at info@fairwindscommunity.com 

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As was noted to the community in the past, it is still the intention for this closure to be done this Fall. Working with my office, the planning department is preparing a communications package that will be mailed to all residents in the immediate area with further information on the project.  The communications package will include pertinent dates and timelines regarding the project, the landscape plan for the area and a Frequently Asked Questions document. This information will be mailed out in the coming weeks to residents in the following areas: Bryanston Gate, Fairwinds West, Rosehill Drive, Johnwoods Street, Hartin Street and Joseph Circle.

Prior to the closure, there will be signs placed in advance in a number of locations near this street and notice will be provided in my electronic Newsletter and in my column in the Stittsville News as well. In addition, I can advise that Rosehill Drive will be opened with traffic calming measures between Johnwoods to Huntmar before Johnwoods is closed.

This is all the information that I have to share at this time. More information will be provided in the coming weeks to the community.

For background information on this item I encourage residents to please review the previous information shared with the community available on my website here – https://shadqadri.com/2016/06/03/johnwoods-street-conversion-to-linear-park-2/

Parking, Traffic and Transit

Recap & FAQ: Winter parking restrictions

Last night about 40 Fairwinds residents attended a meeting to give feedback about the proposed winter parking pilot for about 20 streets in Fairwinds. Councillor Shad Qadri was there along with three of his colleagues from the City of Ottawa: Phil Landry (Traffic Services) Kerry-Lynn Mohr (Traffic Operations) and  Chad Findlay (Road Operations / winter plows).

Staff clarified that this is a pilot project, and that they’ll evaluate the results throughout the winter and afterwards to determine if it continues for next year, or if any changes are required.  The pilot would run from Decmeber 1-March 16.

The City did a similar pilot project last year on five streets in Half Moon Bay in Barrhaven (also built by Mattamy, with a similar road design).  The City received very good feedback from residents.  The surface operations department (snowplows) believes they achieved a more consistent level of service with parking restricted to one side.

There were many people in the audience who were supportive of the pilot, along with several who had specific conerns on their particular streets.

All residents on affected streets have received a letter from the city.  Staff are giving residents until October 13 to share their feedback. They want to hear residents who support the pilot on their street, or who have specific concerns.  If there is a significant number of people on a particular street who do not want parking restrictions, staff will remove that street from the list. A final plan and list of streets will be presented before the pilot is implemented.
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Here’s a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) from Councillor Qadri’s office.

Q: When will this be implemented?

A: The City would like to have it implemented for this winter season. It will be a pilot so after this season it will be reviewed and changes could be made. If once the signs are installed this Fall there is an issue, please report it and it can be reviewed and can be changed if necessary this year.

Q: Why is it proposed to not restrict parking on the side of the street with the sidewalk?

A: Staff are recommending to keep parking on the sidewalk side of the street so there is a safe place to get out of the car which is not blocked by snowbanks.

Q: Where and when will signs be placed?

A: Signs will be installed a maximum of 50 meters apart. An effort will be made to use existing sign posts and streetlights for the no parking signs. Where a new sign will be required they will try to have them installed on property line between houses. Signs will remain in place at all times and will note the seasonal restrictions. It is anticipated that signs would be installed by December 1, 2017.

Q: Why are not all streets in Fairwinds included to have no parking on one side of the street?

A: This is already an aggressive plan, with the number of streets proposed there will be a need for approximately 95 signs. This will be the largest pilot of this type that the City has undertaken, there was as similar successful pilot in Barrhaven with only five streets. There was an interest to concentrate the pilot in the areas north and south of Maple Grove. In future more streets could be reviewed to be included for the pilot.

Q: Could parking be restricted at all times on one side of the street?

A: Yes, but this would require residents to follow the formal petition process. Residents can request a petition form from the City and must receive signatures from 2/3 of the street in support of no parking. For more information contact Councillor Qadri at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca . On streets with no houses fronting, such as Leveche, the petition would require signatures from the residents that abut the street.

Q: Does the City require this to be done?
A: No. The City’s traffic department does not have safety concerns with the current street parking.

The surface operations staff have noted that this would assist with their snow removal and allow them to provide a better clearing of the street. However, if the community does not want to proceed then staff can still manage to remove the snow with street parking on both sides of the streets.

Emergency Services have not identified the street parking as a concern and Fire Department has confirmed they can still access the streets with street parking.

The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority has not identified this as a major concern for the school buses, however we are aware that residents have reported busses having issues.

Q: Would it be more cost efficient to instead provide more funding for snow removal improvements?

A: No. Operations staff noted it would be considerably more expensive to provide increased snow clearing service. By eliminating the parking on one side it will improve operations as it will prevent the ploughs from weaving between the cars parked on the side of the streets.

Q: Is the City considering these parking issues in future planned developments?

A: Yes. Through the City’s Building Better Smarter Suburbs initiative and the Infrastructure Standards Review, the City has worked with developers and the utilities to implement changes and identify opportunities to ease the pressure within the right of way. This has included identifying a mix of housing types that would reduce parking pressure, pairing driveways to increase the availability of on-street parking and other initiatives.

The City has standard road cross sections, that help drive the design of the subdivisions. These cross sections take into account the width of the actual road, but also a number of other factors, such as underground services, utilities, trees, and the required setbacks for each of these. In the Fairwinds development the parking requirements for the area are met, accounting for parking within the garage and the driveways. Often, residents re-purpose their garage for storage etc, which contributes to the desire for on-street parking.

While there have been some issues with respect to the way the area was planned, it is also very important to note that residents should be aware that their units only provide a certain amount of parking. Fairwinds was one of the first areas of Stittsville to be a denser development which provided affordable units in our community. With these affordable units, this does result in smaller units, units closer together, less outdoor space and also less parking being provided compared other areas of Stittsville.

Residents do need to have some responsibility in ensuring they understand the parking provided and use their provided space provided, and allow space on the street for visitors to park. Residents may think there is no harm to always park on the street but this can create frustrated neighbours as it can make it difficult for other neighbours to back out of their laneways and also for their snow removal.

Q: How will the City measure the success of the program?

A: Primarily the program will be assessed through feedback from the residents sent to the Councillor’s office and 311. Will also see feedback from Surface Operations staff. There are no set measures for determining the success of the pilot program.

Q: How do you provide feedback?

A: We would like to hear from as many residents as possible. If you support the plan let us know and if you have concerns, please bring them to our attention.

If we only receive negative comments from a street, then we will NOT proceed with implementing the winter no parking on that street. If there is a mix of comments on a street, then staff will review it on a case by case basis.

Deadline for comments is Friday, October 13th and please email both Shad Qadri at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca and Kerry-Lynn Mohr at Kerry-Lynn.Mohr@ottawa.ca .

Future updates on the project will be provided through Councillor Qadri’s eNewsletter, sign up to receive this newsletter please visit https://shadqadri.com/contact/ .

 

Winter Parking Pilot Project - Map 1
Winter Parking Pilot Project – Map 1 – View as PDF
Winter Parking Pilot Project - Map 2
Winter Parking Pilot Project – Map 2 – View as PDF
Events

Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet at Par la Ville Park…

(press release)
Please join us for Shakespeare in the Park! Passions soar and hearts break in this production of Romeo & Juliet, brought to you by Bear & Co. Join us outdoors to celebrate the long evenings and warm weather, and theatre that stands the test of time. Bring a picnic, a blanket or lawn chairs, raingear in case it mizzles, and bug spray, and watch six actors conjure the warring families of Verona in front of your eyes.
Read more “Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet at Par la Ville Park on July 16”

Board Notes

Fairwinds Community Association Constitution

The Fairwinds Community Association has a constitution to which we govern ourselves since March 2014. We’re a group of residents who volunteer our time to build an even better community. We organize neighbourhood events and advocate for residents on issues that are important to Fairwinds. Please consider joining as a member to support events and activities in our community.

Below is our Mission and Objectives along with a link to our constitution.

Mission and Objectives

  1. To provide for residents of Fairwinds, a representative body to be responsive to issues within that community, and to communicate those issues to municipal authorities or any other level of government, as appropriate.
  2. Where appropriate, to organize or contribute to the organization of social, cultural, or celebratory events designed to promote and enhance the sense of community within Fairwinds.
  3. To the greatest extent possible, the Fairwinds Community Association shall be representative of the streets within Fairwinds so that there is no appearance of bias in the interests pursued by
    the Association.

Full Constitution

We welcome your comments at president@fairwindscommunity.com