Author: Martin Stein

Community News

Maple Grove Road between Terry Fox Drive and Huntmar…

This was passed along by the City of Ottawa:

Maple Grove Road between Terry Fox Drive and Huntmar Drive closed Thursday

Ottawa – Starting Thursday, September 8, Maple Grove Road will be closed to vehicular traffic between Terry Fox Drive and Huntmar Drive. This closure is required to accommodate the installation of sanitary forcemains and sewers and will last until the end of October.

A signed detour for motorists will be in place. Pedestrians and cyclists are advised to follow all construction signage.

Access to Sensplex, Walter Baker Park, Honeywell, Hydro Ottawa and City Works Yard will be maintained.

The Kanata West Pump Station and Forcemains Project is part of Ottawa on the Move, which is about keeping our community and economy moving forward through strategic investments in a number of transportation, water and sewer projects to build a better city and create jobs.

For current traffic and construction information around the city, visit ottawa.ca

For more information on City programs and services, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-9656). You can also connect with us throughFacebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

Events

Monthly Meeting: September 12

The next Fairwinds Community Association meeting is Monday, September 12, at 7:30 pm at ALE Restaurant (Amberwood).  All welcome!

Agenda includes a recap of our movie night and annual BBQ, plus traffic and planning updates, and more on initiatives including dog waste bins and the community sign board.

Board Notes

August 8: Monthly FCA Meeting

Our next Fairwinds Community Association meeting is Monday, August 8 at 7:30pm at the Stittsville CIBC Boardroom at 5527 Hazeldean Road.

It’s a light agenda this month. We’ll spend the bulk of our time talking about our two big summer events: the movie night on August 12 and the summer BBQ on September 10.  We also hope to have an update about traffic calming on Rosehill, and we’ll talk about an initiative to add a special dog waste bin to Bandmaster Park.

All neighbours are welcome. If you want to get involved in any of our activities or have a community concern to discuss we’d love to see you. Please RSVP to info@fairwindscommunity.com

 

Board Notes

June 13: Monthly FCA Meeting

Our next Fairwinds Community Association meeting is June 13. Our special guest will be Melissa Jort-Conway, the new Community Association Liaison (CAL) assigned to Fairwinds. She’ll give an overview of the CAL Program and what her role will be in ensuring information flows between the FCA and the city.

FAIRWINDS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
Monday, June 13 @ 7:30pm
Stittsville CIBC Boardroom at 5527 Hazeldean Road

 

  1. Approval of Agenda

 

  1. Approval of Minutes from April & May meetings

 

  1. Introduction – Melissa Jort-Conway, City of Ottawa Community Association Liaisons (CAL) Program

 

  1. Councillor’s Update (Councillor Qadri + Staff)

 

  1. Membership
    – Open discussion – ideas to action

 

  1. Events
    – Garage Sale recap
    – Other summer events
  2. Advocacy
    – Development update
    5371 Hazledean site plan – retirement complex;  5705 Hazeldean revised plan of subdivision – Shoppers at Fairwinds
    – Dog waste bin
    – Pedestrian Crossovers (PXO)
  3. Outreach
    – Volunteers
    – Community signage
  1. Other business
    – Vacant board position
    – New business

 

Next board meeting: Monday, July 11 7:30pm. Location tbd.

Development

New site plan revision for Shoppes at Fairwinds

The City of Ottawa has received a site plan proposal for two new buildings in the Shoppes at Fairwinds shopping area, at 5705 Hazeldean in front of the Food Basics.  We’d like to hear any comments or concerns from residents. You can reach us at info@fairwindscommunity.com.  Here is an overview of what’s proposed.

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The proposal is to add a retail building just north of the existing Shoppers Drug Mart, and a restaurant / drive-thru on the east end of the site along Hazeldean Road.

The Shoppes at Fairwinds commenced in 2010 and development has been phased through multiple site plan approvals. The surrounding area includes low-profile residential uses to the north, retail uses to the east and office and industrial uses to the south along Iber Road.

The realigned Hazeldean Creek tributary runs along the southeastern portion of the site adjacent to the proposed Building 2. With the subject site being located along Hazeldean Road, design guidelines for Arterial Mainstreets will be applicable.

Building 1 is approximately 1040 square metres in size and is located at the west end of the site along Huntmar Drive and directly north of an existing Shoppers Drug Mart. The current parking lot configuration will be redesigned in relation to the building.

Landscaping will be added and retained around the parking lot for Building 1. Building 2 is approximately 422 square metres in size and is located at the south-east end of the site adjacent to the realigned Hazeldean Creek and future North-South Arterial from the Fernbank community.

The current concept for Building 2 depicts a drive-through lane on the north side of the building and a patio on the south side. Landscaping will be added and retained around the parking lot, drive-through lane and patio.

The parking requirements for the shopping centre have been exceeded and no new parking spaces are required.

You can send comments about the proposal before June 13 to: Jean-Charles Renaud Planner Development Review, Suburban Services 110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th floor Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1 613-580-2424, ext. 27629 Fax No.: 613-580-2576 Jean-Charles.Renaud@ottawa.ca

For more information about the plan: OttWatch.ca…

Board Notes

We’re looking for a volunteer to join our board…

We’re looking for one more volunteer to join our board of directors!

We meet once a month to discuss community issues, organize events and activities, and work to make Fairwinds an even greater place to live.  Time commitment is approx 2-3 hours per month over the year, and no previous experience is required. Due to a recent vacancy, we have one position open at this time that renews in February 2017.

Please send us a note if you’d like to join: info@fairwindscommunity.com

 

Public High School

Renewed push for Stittsville public high school

The folks behind the Stittsville Public High School Now campaign published the following statement and video after the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board put a Stittsville high school at the top of their funding list for this year. This is an issue of major concern for residents of Fairwinds so we thought we’d share it here.

The press release follows the video below:

IT’S TIME FOR A PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL IN STITTSVILLE – AND WE’VE NEVER BEEN CLOSER!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –

Friday, May 20, 2016

Finally, it’s happened! The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board has placed the building of a new public high school in Stittsville at the top of their priority funding list – however this does not mean the Ministry of Education will allocate the funds for this essential capital project. This is where we need the media and the public’s help.

The official approval of this capital funding priority list will occur next Tuesday, May 24 at 7:30 pm in the Boardroom at the OCDSB offices (133 Greenbank Rd. Nepean, K2H 6L3). While the need for a new public high school is well-understood locally, the Ministry of Education in Toronto needs to see community support for this issue beyond a business case. We are asking residents with children in the Stittsville community, especially those in elementary grades, to come out and sit in on the meeting to show their support. We want to emphasize that simply being present and visible in front of cameras and media at this meeting is all that is required, and will put pressure on the Ministry of Education through media coverage. Only one representative per household is needed, children are welcome and we are asking participants to wear red as a show of solidarity for this campaign.

Background Information:

The campaign to have a public high school built in Stittsville has been ongoing for almost 20 years. We are a fast-growing community, and the need to have a public school built in our community is essential. Currently students who wish to stay in the public education stream have no choice but to attend 60-year-old South Carleton High School in Richmond. Children are bused up to 20 km away, many are at the bus stop before 7 am, and most with a 45-minute to one hour bus ride each way. Due to the school’s rural location, only limited transportation is available during exams and for extra-curricular activities, meaning parents in Stittsville are largely responsible for transportation outside regular hours (a 40 minute round trip).

Additional resource:

Why a New Public High School for Stittsville is Needed Now
http://www.slideshare.net/envisionup/why-a-new-public-high-school-for-stiittsville-is-needed-now

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Media/Inquiries please contact:
Jennifer Smith
Stittsville Public High School Now – Campaign Lead
jlsmith@intergage.ca
Cell: 613-299-9211
Website: www.stittsvillepublichighschoolnow.com

Development

Update on Johnwoods and Fairwinds traffic concerns

On May 4, councillor Shad Qadri and members of the City of Ottawa planning staff held a public meeting to discuss upcoming changes to traffic flows at the west end of our community — namely, the closure of Johnwoods Street between Rosehill Avenue and Maple Grove Road.

Stittsville Central has a detailed recap of the chaotic meeting as well as the apology from the city regarding the communication surrounding the planning process but the upshot of it is that, pending a last minute change to the approved plan for the Fairwinds West subdivision, Johnwoods will be closed to traffic between Rosehill and Maple Grove sometime in 2017, once the road network inside Fairwinds West is complete.

This will mean an increase in traffic along Rosehill between Johnwoods and Huntmar, which is considered a collector road according to city staff. It may also lead to increased traffic in other parts of the community as well.

Councillor Qadri committed during the May 4 meeting to bringing a motion before the planning committee. From his most recent newsletter:

“At the public meeting I committed that I would look into taking the necessary steps to have the conversion reviewed which could involve bringing a motion to Planning Committee to have the plan of subdivision amended.  At the meeting I did state that the success of such a strategy is unlikely given the approval and appeal process.”

Given the impact on traffic in our neighbourhood, and in light of the city’s admitted failure to communicate clearly and deliver on commitments for public consultation prior to the approval of the plan, the Fairwinds Community Association will be contacting Councillor Qadri to have our concerns added to the public record in the hopes of moving his motion forward.

The FCA will be discussing our response during our May 16 meeting (details here). If you’ve got thoughts or concerns, please consider attending the meeting or sending an email to vicepresident@fairwindscommunity.com