Category: Development

Mattamy begins filling Maple Grove stormwater pond this week

(This post is via Councillor Shad Qadri. Some homes on Helm Circle and the east side of Harmattan back onto the pond. Once filled in, the land will be developed for housing.)

I would like to advise residents that Mattamy will begin the process of filling the temporary pond on Maple Grove beginning next Tuesday, July 4th.

All environmental permits have been secured and Mattamy will be proceeding in conformance with those approvals. Maintenance on Tuesday includes removing small vegetation, cutting the grass and removing the water. After which, the work will include removing existing structures, earthmoving and stone installation.

Please note that the area is an active construction zone and for safety purposes it should not be accessed by the public.

The process is anticipated to proceed through September and I will be certain to keep residents updated through my weekly electronic newsletter.


Poole Creek Village Zoning By-law Amendment

(via Councillor Shad Qadri)

The City of Ottawa has received a Zoning By-law Amendment to adjust the boundary between the O1 and R3Z zone for a small portion of the lands in Phase 3 of the Poole Creek Village subdivision to reflect updated floodplain mapping for the Poole Creek Corridor.  The subject site is located in the southerly portion of the Poole Creek Village subdivision, adjacent to the west side of the Poole Creek corridor. The lands to the north and the west of the subject site are zoned for future residential development while lands to the east will remain within the Poole Creek corridor.

The Poole Creek Village development located at 5831 Hazeldean Road received draft approval in 2012 (see plan of subdivision for full plan).  At the time of the original zoning by-law amendment for the subdivision, the subject lands were within the floodplain overlay for Poole Creek and were zoned Parks and Open Space (O1). As a result of the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority and the City updating floodplain maps in 2016, the floodplain overlay was removed from the subject lands.

The applicant has submitted a Zoning By-law Amendment application  proposing to re-zone the lands from O1 to Residential Third Density Zone Subzone Z. Re-zoning the area would allow the realignment of Vivera Place and reconfiguration of the lots adjacent to the creek corridor. Three residential lots would be within the area formerly zoned O1, and a total of 6 additional units are being provided in the subdivision. Technical studies have been submitted in support of the amendment.  The following image shows the difference from the approved plan (left) and the proposed changes (right).

Zoning changes OP to R

For questions or to provide comments by June 21, 2017 please contact myself and City Planner Kathy Rygus or 613-580-2424 x 28318.

Blasting starts this week for Poole Creek Village Phase…

(via Councillor Shad Qadri)

I have received notice that a commence work order has been issued for servicing in Poole Creek Village phase 2.

Blasting operations will commence on Monday and are expected to last approximately 2 weeks. The blasting sub-contractor is completing their pre-blasting surveys and is informing the community as well.
A full-size map plan of the blasting area relative to the existing community is attached here.

More information will be made available as it is provided to my office.

Stittsville Planning Primer – April 6

Stittsville Planning Primer
Thursday, April 6
6:30 to 9 p.m., presentation at 7 p.m.
Goulbourn Recreation Complex, Hall A
1500 Shea Road
Councillor Shad Qadri invites you to attend the Stittsville Planning Primer to learn more about the land use planning process and the ways in which residents can get involved. The presentations will focus on the types of development that are typical in Stittsville. City staff will be available to answer residents’ questions about development in their community.
Stittsville Planning Primer

Tree cutting at 5731 Hazeldean Road

Via Councillor Shad Qadri:
“I have received notification that Nautical Lands has been granted a tree permit allowing them to remove trees on the site of 5731 Hazeldean. This is in preparation for the construction of a seniors residence and extended care facility.
Work is anticipated to begin on Monday, February 13th.
The included diagram shows the impacted area and it also shows the area that will be improved through selective cutting of poor trees, protection and improvement of Butternut habitat, and tree planting. The developer has contracted with a professional forester to develop a prescription for the site. This prescription will be reviewed and approved by the Planning Forester. Tree cutting within this improvement area will not take place at this time.
Butternut trees are growing on site but a permit for their removal has been obtained from OMNRF.”
 5731 Hazeldean Road

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.

Heads up: Early morning construction work on Maple Grove…

(via Councillor Qadri)

The project contractor working on the Kanata West Pump station has been granted a noise by-law exemption from the City for the use of construction equipment. The request is to start work early on July 27th (5am rather than 7am). The work being conducted is for concrete placement.  This will involve approximately four concrete trucks and a concrete pumping unit, both only making normal truck engine noise.  It is over 500m to the nearest home on Helm. The early start will enable workers to pour the concrete in order to beat the summer/warm temperatures.

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  Here is an overview of what’s proposed.


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

For more information about the plan:…

Park, retirement complex and retail/office space proposed for Hazeldean…

5731 Hazeldean Road site plan

Councillor Qadri shared the following info in his weekly newsletter. We invite residents to share their comments and questions with us via


The Planning and Growth Management Department has received a site plan control application for the property municipally known as 5731 Hazeldean Road.

Site Information

The subject site is located northwest of the intersection of Huntmar Drive and Hazeldean Road in the community of Stittsville (see location map here). The site falls within land covered by the Kanata West Concept Plan.

The subject site is approximately 4.6 hectares in size and has 132.6 metres of frontage along Hazeldean Road. The site is currently vacant and well treed throughout with the highest concentration of trees located within northern portion of the site. Poole Creek traverses the northern part of the site, which has been identified as an Urban Natural Area (UNA185 – Poole Creek North).

The surrounding land uses include to the north the Fairwinds community and Tempest Park, and to the east, west and south area vacant lands intended for commercial development.

Application Proposal

The application proposes for a mixed use development consisting of four buildings; two two-storey buildings consisting of commercial uses; a four-storey residential care facility and a five-storey retirement home (see site plan here).

Along the Hazeldean Road frontage are two two-storey commercial buildings with a combined gross floor area (GFA) of 1290m2. It is anticipated that these buildings will have retail uses on the ground floor and offices on the second floor. Located behind the commercial buildings along the eastern property line is a four-storey residential care facility consisting of 256 units and along the western property line is a five-storey retirement home consisting of 185 units. An internal landscaped courtyard is proposed in-between these two buildings.

Vehicular access to the site will be via signalized access off Hazeldean Road. This access is to be shared with the site to the west. A total 454 parking spaces are proposed to accommodate the four buildings, the majority of which will be located within an underground parking garage with the exception of approximately 30 surface parking spaces.

Pedestrian pathways and sidewalks are proposed throughout the site providing connections to the public sidewalk on Hazeldean Road, each of the four buildings and the internal courtyard.

Located at the rear of the site is an area zoned Parks and Open Space Subzone R (O1R) comprising of 1.55 hectares of the total 4.6 hectares. This area includes a portion of Poole Creek and UNA 185 and will be transferred to the City of Ottawa to ensure its protection and preservation. Within the Poole Creek corridor an interconnected nature trail system has been planned. Through the site plan application process the appropriate location of a nature trail within these lands will be determined. The addition of this portion of the trail will provide a missing connection to the adjacent lands, including the Fairwinds community and Tempest Park.


Urban Design Review Panel (UDRP)

The site is located within an Arterial Main Street designation which is considered a Design Priority Area which requires the application to go to the Urban Design Review Panel (UDRP) for review and comment. This item has not formally been added to the UDRP schedule yet however the applicant is targeting the June 2nd meeting. More information on the UDRP can be found at the following link:


A formal circulation providing further details will be provided in the future which will include a time period to provide comments on the proposal development. More information will be available in the coming weeks on my website and on


The City Planner assigned to this file is Mike Schmidt who can be reached via email at or 613.580.2424 x13431.