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Update on Fairwinds winter parking restrictions

Final map of streets for the winter parking pilot project.
Final map of streets for the winter parking pilot project.

 

From Councillor Qadri’s office:

As many of you are aware, my office has been working with the Transportation Department, the Fairwinds Community Association and Fairwinds residents regarding a winter parking pilot project.

The pilot project for this winter season has been finalized and you can review the map here. For additional information on this project please view previous community updates which includes a Frequently Asked Questions document.

As noted, this will be a pilot project for this winter season and in the Spring we will review the project with the community and will be open to recommendations for changes for the future.  The signage should be installed by December 1st and the parking restrictions will be in affect from December 1st to March 30th.

There have been some changes made to the plan based on feedback from the community.  Below is a summary of those changes.

  • The following streets were removed from the pilot project for this year either at the request of residents on the street or due to the fact that we received no feedback from that street either in support or against the proposed parking restrictions: Burnaby, Grenadine, Kohilo, Mistral, Shawondasee, and Sedgebrook.
  • The following street have the parking restrictions moved to the other side of the street due to resident requests: Aquilo, Etesian (north section), Maloja (portions switched), Pampero, Par-La-ville (portions changed and added), Rosehill (Huntmar to Maple grove) and Tempest (reviewed on-site and portions changed).
  • At the recommendation by residents at the public meeting changes have been made to Leveche to restrict parking at all times on the street, on Leveche south of Maple Grove parking is restricted on the west side, and north of Maple Grove parking will be restricted on the east side.

We did receive requests for more streets to be included and this can be considered in the future.  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 a 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.

I would like to thank the Fairwinds Community Association and residents for their feedback on this project.

Development

Our letter to to City Hall re: the Johnwoods…

Here’s a letter we sent today to Councillor Qadri and colleagues at City Hall, outlining our concerns around the upcoming closure of Johnwoods Street between Huntmar and Maple Grove:

FCA Letter re: Johnwoods, November 1, 2017 (PDF)

While we understand that the closure of Johnwoods is inevitable, residents still have a number of questions and concerns that must be addressed before the closure.  Thanks to our neighbours who contacted us with feedback over the past couple of weeks.

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UPDATE: Councillor provided this response on Wednesday afternoon: “I would like to thank you and the Fairwinds Community Association for providing your detailed comments and questions regarding this project.  The City will be considering all comments and I will be sharing the responses to the questions/comments raised through my eNewsletter in the coming weeks.”

 

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UPDATE: Councillor Qadri published responses to some of our questions today on his web site:

There have been requests for a delay to the closure and at this time there are no plans to delay the closure of the road.  It is anticipated that this entire project will be completed by the end of June 2018.

Linear Park Design Comments:

  • Some residents have requested an extension to the comment deadline for the design details of the park.  The deadline for design comments has been extended until November 30th, 2017.
  • Following the deadline of November 30th, comments will be consolidated and reviewed. Responses and any revisions will be posted in my eNewsletter.

Road Inquires:

  • Residents have raised concerns with some of the road conditions in the area.  Santolina and the portion of Rosehill within the Fairwinds West subdivision is complete with top lift of asphalt. Top lift on the remaining portion of Rosehill is estimated for summer 2018 due to continuous work on the Poole Creek subdivision.  The barricade on Rosehill will be open without the top lift being completed. A request has been placed with Tartan to help fix some of the potholes near Rosehill and Warmstone to provide a better driving condition.
  • There have been inquiries regarding the classifications of roads in this area and on the map it notes that Maple Grove Road is a Major Collector Road and that the southern portion of Johnwoods and Rosehill are classified as Collector Roads. A reminder that an extensive list of all road classifications in Stittsville is available on the “Ward Maps” section of my website under the “Community” header or by clicking here.
  • Rosehill and Santolina were designed to accommodate transit service and this was also noted in the purchase and sales agreements of the homes on these streets.

Road Classification

Rosehill Traffic Calming:

  • Rosehill Drive will have traffic calming measures installed on the street. Please see the map available here, showing the location of the permanent and temporary traffic calming measures planned for the street.
  • The long term permanent plan is to have traffic calming chicanes installed on the street. These will be installed once the entire street receives the top lift of asphalt in 2018.  The final design for these is in the process of being completed and will be shared with the community once complete.
  • In the interim, by November 8th there will be flex stakes placed in 5 locations on Rosehill Drive. These will remain in place until the snow falls this season and if necessary will be re-installed in the Spring 2018 before the chicanes are installed.

Traffic Counts for Johnwoods

  • Transportation staff are reviewing the traffic data submitted by the community.  This data is being compared to the City’s existing data as well as data which I contracted to have done on the street. The City’s Transportation Department has also recently taken a traffic count during Ottawa Senators home games and this data is currently being processed.

 

Closure Notice Signage

 

Update to Mapping Programs

  • The City’s mapping program will be updated and the City has also been in contact with mapping agencies such as Google Maps.

 

Parking, Traffic and Transit

North part of Johnwoods closes permanently on November 15

via Councillor Qadri:

Starting on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, Johnwoods Street will be permanently closed to vehicular traffic from Maple Grove Road to Rosehill Avenue and will be rebuilt as a multi-use pathway for pedestrians and cyclists.

This work will add a safe and accessible recreational amenity, more greenspace and direct connections for pedestrians and cyclists in your community. The pathway will also enhance privacy and livability for nearby residents by reducing vehicle traffic noise and headlight glare.

I encourage residents to please review the following documents which have also been mailed to residents in the immediate area.

Johnwoods Closure Notice 2017

Johnwoods Closure Frequently Asked Questions 2017 

Johnwoods Linear Park Design

Johnwoods Closure Notice 2017 (French version)

Johnwoods Closure FAQ 2017 (French versio

Events

Fairwinds Halloween Party on October 29

This Sunday,  come with the kids out in full gear to CAMPOBELLO PARK (the one with the spider 🕷️play structure) for a costume contest, games, photo booth, and more!  The event runs from 4pm-6pm.

Can you help as a volunteer? The organizers need help with set-up and tear down and to help run games. Email ginger.veazey@gmail.com for info.

 IT'S THIS SUNDAY, neighbours! How are the costumes going? Come with the kids out in full gear to CAMPOBELLO PARK (the one with the spider 🕷️play structure) for a costume contest, games, photo booth, and more!

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/

Events

FCA Monthly Meeting – Tuesday, October 10

Fairwinds Community Association Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, October 10
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The Glen – 6081 Hazeldean Road

All residents welcome. Please RSVP to info@fairwindscommunity.com so we can reserve a table.

 

Draft Agenda:

  1. Approval of Agenda
  1. Approval of Minutes from September meeting
  1. Events
    – Halloween event support
  1. Advocacy
    – Winter Parking Restrictions
    – Rosehill opening
  1. Finance Update 
  2. Web site Update
  3. Other business
  4. Next board meeting: November 13, 2017
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
Parking, Traffic and Transit

Meeting about winter parking pilot on September 28

The City of Ottawa and Councillor Shad Qadri are hosting an information meeting on September 28 regarding a proposed pilot project for winter parking restrictions in Fairwinds.  Residents on affected streets will receive the following letter from Councillor Qadri’s office this week with more information. For a list of streets affected, please see Map 1 or Map 2 (PDF files).  

 

Winter Parking Pilot Project - Map 1
Winter Parking Pilot Project – Map 1
Winter Parking Pilot Project - Map 2
Winter Parking Pilot Project – Map 2

 

Here’s the full letter sent to residents:

 

Dear Resident,

The City of Ottawa has reviewed parking and operational issues on your street from previous winter seasons. There is an upcoming meeting on September 28, 2017 at 7pm at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex in Hall A to discuss a pilot for winter parking restrictions highlighted on the attached map.

Due to concerns my office has received from both residents and City Winter Operations Staff regarding the narrowing of the travelled portion of your street during the winter months, a meeting is being held to discuss a pilot project to allow parking on only one side of the street, with seasonal winter parking restrictions on the other (No Parking, Dec 1st to March 30th). This will enable better access for snow plows resulting in clearer and safer streets for everyone in your community.

We emphasize that this meeting is to discuss a possible pilot for this winter season and staff will monitor the outcome, if the pilot goes ahead, to determine if this will remain in place for winter 2018-2019. It is important that my office and the City’s Traffic Department hear from residents on this project, so I would encourage you to please try and attend the meeting to have your opinion heard.

Residents are also reminded that there is no on-street parking allowed during a winter parking ban. For more information on winter parking and the winter overnight parking ban visit Ottawa.ca.

If you have any questions regarding parking during the winter months, please contact 3-1-1 or 311@ottawa.ca.

Thank you for taking the time to review staff’s proposal. I look forward to meeting with you.

If you are unable to attend the meeting on September 28th, information regarding the pilot will be included in my upcoming weekly newsletters. If you do not yet receive my weekly newsletter and would like to, please email me at shad.qadri@ottawa.ca and I will add you to my mailing list.

Sincerely,

Shad Qadri

Events

FCA Monthly Meeting – Monday, September 11

Fairwinds Community Association Monthly Meeting
Monday, September 11
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The Glen – 6081 Hazeldean Road

All residents welcome. Please RSVP to info@fairwindscommunity.com so we can reserve a table.

 

Agenda:

  1. Approval of Agenda
  1. Approval of Minutes from June meeting
  1. Events
    – Movie night – recap
    – BBQ/Fall Event
  1. Advocacy
    – Winter Parking Restrictions – Sept 28 meeting
    – Planning & development – Iber Road
  1. Skating Rink

  2. Outreach
    – Membership update
  3. Finance

  4. Other business

  5. Next board meeting: October – tbd
Events

AUGUST 25: Fairwinds Community Movie Night

The Fairwinds Community Association presents our annual outdoor movie night on Friday, August 25.  This free family event takes place at Rosehill Park (Rosehill Ave @ Helm Circle) starting at approx. 8:30pm. Popcorn and bottled water will be available by donation, with funds going to Lamitta’s Wish.

(If the weather isn’t co-operating, we’ll move the event indoors to the gymnasium at Kanata Academy at 180 Huntmar.)

Special thanks to our event sponsors Geoff & Bobbie McGowan. And thanks to Councillor Shad Qadri and the Kanata Academy for their support.

Volunteers needed!  Email info@fairwindscommunity.com if you’d like to help!

Watch for updates coming soon in this space…

Fairwinds Movie Night poster