Author: Martin Stein

Events

Fairwinds Community Garage Sale

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IT’S TIME TO DECLUTTER!!! Our yearly community garage sale will be on SATURDAY JUNE 3. Please email info@fairwindscommunity.com with your street name below if you would like to participate. And we would really love any volunteers in promoting this event (official poster to be released at a later date)

So far, some of the participating streets are:

Vendevale
Palmeto Court
Harmattan Avenue
Limnos Lane
Michael Williams
Brisote Lane
Burnaby Drive
Brigatine Ave
Escallonia Court
Messor Cres
Maestro Avenue
Par-La-Ville Circle
Grenadine Street
Mistral Way
Rosehill Ave

Thank you!

Board Notes

Welcome to our new and returning board members!

Thank you to all of the residents who attended last night’s Annual General Meeting.

Special thanks to:

  • Lamitta and family, attending on behalf of Lamitta’s Wish
  • Councillor Shad Qadri and Erin McClelland
  • Sobey’s Stittsville for providing the venue

Welcome to all of our new and returning board members for 2017:

  • Rochelle Buenviaje
  • Alex Chen
  • Eric Felhaber
  • Glen Gower
  • Karrie Granger
  • Jennifer Holmes
  • Tara Jowett
  • Kim Pyefinch
  • Martin Stein
  • Sean Toogood

Also thank you to outgoing board members Bridgette Alchawa and Joe Boughner.

You can read the President’s Report from last night’s meeting here, and see notes from Councillor Shad Qadri here.

You can support FCA activities with a $5/year membership. Click here to join…

 

Lamitta draws a winning raffle prize number at the 2017 Fairwinds AGM.
Lamitta draws a winning raffle prize number at the 2017 Fairwinds AGM.

 

Councillor Shad Qadri talks to residents at the 2017 Fairwinds AGM.
Councillor Shad Qadri talks to residents at the 2017 Fairwinds AGM.
Board Notes

2017 President’s Report

(Presented at our Annual General Meeting on March 1, 2017)

This is the fifth AGM for the Fairwinds Community Association, and it caps off another strong year for our community:

  • A highlight was our annual Fairwinds BBQ in September. It looked like it was going to rain all day but Mother Nature co-operated in the end. We had approx. 500-600 people attend, and we were able to make a donation of $550 to the “Lamitta’s Wish” fundraiser from the proceeds.
  • Our other major planned event this year was the Outdoor Movie Night in August. Mother Nature didn’t co-operate for this one and unfortunately it was rained out, but The Grounds Café graciously let us move it inside.
  • Our annual June garage sale had about 40-50 houses participating.
  • The FCA continues to be the sponsor/operator of the skating rink at Bandmaster Park. The rink is run by a dedicated group of volunteers – many of them new volunteers this year.
  • We’ve always strived to make our events free for the community, and we are able to do that with the strong support from our business community. Special thanks to: Geoff & Bobby McGowan from Remax; Kal’s Place Family Restaurant; Kanata Collision, Kate Dawes Real Estate, The Grounds, CIBC, Councillor Shad Qadri, and the many other organizations who have supported.

From development side, it’s been a somewhat quiet year but there are a number of ongoing developments we’re watching:

  • We hosted a presentation from the “Wellings of Stittsville”, a large seniors complex on Hazeldean Road.
  • We reviewed two large mixed use developments: a) to the north of us at 195 Huntmar Drive at Palladium b) to the south of us at 5618 Hazelean Road near Iber. These are both large sites with a mix of homes and businesses, both still in the planning stage.
  • We’ve reviewed and provided comments on several smaller development applications, mostly for retail developments near our neighbourhood.
  • In June, we had a presentation from Melissa Jort-Conway, City of Ottawa Community Association Liaisons (CAL) It’s a new program that provides a planning resource to community associations.
  • We also expect to hear soon from the Ottawa Senators on their plans for the redevelopment/re-use of Canadian Tire Centre when the Sens move downtown.

Other issues that we have been focused on:

  • Road safety and traffic, including advocating for traffic calming initiatives on roads including Huntmar, Maple Grove and Rosehill. (We are also keeping an eye on the city’s plans to close Johnwoods once Rosehill is open to traffic.)
  • Neighbourhood Watch. We hosted a well-attended meeting in the spring with tips on how to get a Neighbourhood Watch going. There is a program established on Tempest and several other streets are in the process of starting up NW programs.

This year I hope that as a group we can continue get residents more engaged and involved in the community, by building our volunteer base and membership base. Now that our new web site is online (thanks Martin), we plan on launching a focused membership campaign.

In closing, I would like to thank all of our directors. Of the five years that I’ve been involved in this association, this has been the most consistent and stable group we’ve ever had. Thank you in particular to two of our members who have decided to step down: Joe and Bridgette. I’m thankful to all of you who take time out of your busy schedules to contribute to our community.

 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

Glen Gower

President, Fairwinds Community Association

Board Notes

Annual General Meeting – March 1, 2017

Join us on Wednesday, March 1 for our Annual General Meeting.
We’re meeting from 7:30pm-8:30pm in the Sobeys Kitchen on Carp Road.

  • Meet your neighbours
  • Learn how you can get involved in events and activities in our neighbourhood in 2017
  • Prize draw for “Lamitta’s Wish” wine basket fundraiser
  • Join our volunteer board of directors
  • Memberships $5

Interested in joining as a volunteer board member? Email us at info@fairwindscommunity.com


Draft Agenda

1. Call to order
 
2. Approval of agenda
 
3. Approval of 2016 minutes
 
4. President’s report
 
5. Treasurer’s report
  • Motion to direct the Treasurer to recommend suitable options to move $1,000 from our operating account into an investment account.  The Treasurer will report back to the board of directors at the April board meeting for approval.
6. Constitution amendments
  • Motion to update Section 6 and Section 9 of the constitution as follows:
    Section 6: Add a new item (5): “The positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer shall be selected by members of the Executive Committee at the first Executive Committee following the AGM”
    Section 9: Alter item (6), replacing the first sentence as follows: “The Executive Committee may include up to six (6) Directors at Large.
  • Motion to update the Fairwinds Community Association boundary as described in Appendix “A” as follows:
    “The boundary of the Fairwinds Community Association and its membership shall include the area as shown on this map, encompassing the Fairwinds, Fairwinds North, Fairwinds West, and Poole Creek Village housing developments, as well as adjacent commercial developments along Huntmar Road and Hazeldean Road.”
    (map to be attached)
7. Nominations & voting for new board members
 
8. Councillor Shad Qadri update
 
9. Prize draw for Lamitta’s Wish wine basket fundraiser

10. New Business / Open Discussion
Followed by meet & greet

 

Fairwinds Community Association Constitution Amendments

To be tabled at our March 1 Annual General Meeting.
Please send any comments to president@fairwindscommunity.com

Motion to update Section 6 and Section 9 of the constitution as follows:
Section 6: Add a new item (5): “The positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer shall be selected by members of the Executive Committee at the first Executive Committee following the AGM”
Section 9: Alter item (6), replacing the first sentence as follows: “The Executive Committee may include up to six (6) Directors at Large.

Motion to update the Fairwinds Community Association boundary as described in Appendix “A” as follows:
“The boundary of the Fairwinds Community Association and its membership shall include the area as shown on this map, encompassing the Fairwinds, Fairwinds North, Fairwinds West, and Poole Creek Village housing developments, as well as adjacent commercial developments along Huntmar Road and Hazeldean Road.”

Fairwinds community map and boundaries

Skating Rink

Bandmaster Skating Rink – Info for flooders & shovelers

Good morning neighbours.

Three things:

1) Huge thanks to Hien & family for taking advantage of the cold weather this week to get the rink open this week!

2) Flooders: Hien will be doing a “how to” session on Sunday evening (December 18) at 9pm at the rink. He’ll show how to hook up the hose, how to flood, etc. We are still looking for more people to help with flooding. If you’ve never helped out with a rink before this is will be a great intro to see what’s involved.
(We’ll also be setting up a schedule for flooders soon.)

3) Shovelers: We have a lot of snow coming down today that needs to be cleared. Whenever you have some time this weekend, bring a shovel or snowblower and help dig out. Ice need to be clear before the flood on Sunday night.
Also: There is a Facebook group set up for updates about the rink at
https://www.facebook.com/groups/FairwindsRink/

Skating Rink

Bandmaster Skating Rink – Volunteer Meeting on December 15

We’re holding an info meeting on Thursday, December 15 for anyone who’s interested in helping out with the Bandmaster Park Skating Rink in Fairwinds.  Meet us from 7:00pm-7:30pm at Timothy’s Coffee on Hazeldean Road (in front of Lowe’s).

If the rink is something your family uses during the winter, please consider pitching in to make it a success again this season! There are lots of ways you can help, including:

  • Start the initial rink build over the next few weeks
  • Sign up to help flooding during the season
  • Help clear snow (shovelling and snowblowing)
  • Storage of hoses and other equipment
  • Organize events like our winter skating party
  • End of season clean-up

We’re hoping to get a good turn-out on Thursday to spread out the workload. Many hands make light work!

For more info please visit info@fairwindscommunity.com

 

Bandmaster Rink

Events

FCA Monthly Meeting: November 14 – Wellings of Stittsville

Wellings site plan

UPDATE: Thanks to residents who attended our Monday night meeting that included a presentation about the Wellings of Stittsville development planned for Hazeldean Road just west of Huntmar.  We appreciated the chance to hear from Kevin Pidgeon and Christine Forget about this ambitious new development that includes an apartment complex for older adults and an Extendicare nursing home. You can read more about what’s planned on StittsvilleCentral.ca…

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The next Fairwinds Community Association meeting is taking place November 14. The main agenda item is a presentation from the group behind the proposed “Wellings of Stittsville” development on Hazeldean near Huntmar.

Fairwinds Community Association Monthly Meeting
Monday, November 14
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Pretty Street Community Centre (2 Pretty Street)

Development

Major development proposed for Huntmar and Palladium area

Stittsville Central has the details on a proposed new development north of Fairwinds. The proposal includes detached homes, townhouses, a low-rise apartment building, commercial automotive dealerships and a large park.

Read the article here

The development needs a number of city approvals before it can go ahead including a zoning bylaw amendment, amendment to the official plan and approval for the plan of subdivision.

The city is accepting comments until November 14.

Parking, Traffic and Transit

Reduced speed zones and a flex stake coming to…

Councillor Shad Qadri provided an update on traffic calming to the Fairwinds Community Association on September 12. Here’s what you can expect to see in the community in the near future.

Reduced speed zones near some parks

According to Councillor Qadri, speed limits will be reduced to 40 km/h near some of the parks in Fairwinds. Specifically, the new reduced speed zones will be:

  • Leveche Way (both north and south of Maple Grove Road)
  • Montserrat Street
  • Par-La-Ville Circle
  • Vendevale Avenue

There will be signs posted alerting drivers to the change plus speed limits will be pained on the pavement on each road.

Changes to planned calming on Rosehill

Earlier this year, Councillor Qadri informed the FCA that flex stakes would be installed on Rosehill Avenue near Rosehill Park. One was intended to be placed near the curve east of the traffic circle (near Tramontana Place); the second was to be placed near the intersection of Rosehill and  Harmattan Avenue.

The latest update is that only one stake is feasible:

Traffic Staff conducted a site visit on Rosehill, and has concluded that only one flex stake would be feasible on Rosehill Avenue between Huntmar Drive and Maple Grove Road – this would be the flex stake just south of Harmattan Avenue, and this would require seasonal parking restrictions (signage to be installed on residential frontages). Traffic has not yet sent my office a proposal as to when the stake will be implemented.

Rotating speed boards coming to Fairwinds

Lastly, the councillor noted that several brackets have been installed in the community to hold speed boards. While no permanent board will be placed on Huntmar, as was considered, a rotating sign board will be placed at various points throughout the community at different times.