Category: Parking, Traffic and Transit

Parking Restrictions

Summer just ended and Fall has just arrived.  Nobody wants to think about winter just yet.  However, before we know it the snow will be flying and with it, it will bring a whole slew of problems, including parking concerns in our neighbourhood.  Last year the City piloted winter parking restrictions in our community.  In order to provide meaningful and representative feedback to the City on the winter parking restrictions, the Fairwinds Poole Creek Community Association surveyed residents to determine if they felt the parking restrictions made our streets safer and easier to navigate in the winter months.  In addition, the Association asked residents to identify streets that they felt should have winter restrictions added or removed.

Overwhelmingly, residents responded that they felt that the winter parking restrictions made our streets safer and easier to navigate. Residents identified a few streets where the restrictions were confusing and/or would be better placed on the other side of the road, and a few streets that should/shouldn’t have restrictions.  The Community Association provided all feedback received to the City for their consideration.  The City is still looking at all feedback received, however, our city councillor, Shad Qadri, has confirmed that the streets in our community that had restrictions last winter will continue to have restrictions this winter.  In addition, restrictions will be added for Rosehill and Santolina.  The Community Association will continue to follow up with the City on winter parking restrictions and will provide updates through social media and future newsletters.

Snowed In - Barry Gray

PHOTO: Snowed in!

More info about 195 Huntmar

Dear Neighbours,

The City is looking for comments for 195 Huntmar by August 15th.

“Approximately 691 residential units are proposed which consist of 131 detached dwellings, 432 townhouse dwellings and approximately 128 stacked townhouse dwellings. The detached dwellings are located at the center of the site, the townhouse and stacked townhouse blocks are located throughout the site and the low-rise apartment blocks are located abutting the commercial block along Huntmar Drive.”

Here is a summary of the plans:
Copy of Summary/ Copie du résumé for 195 Huntmar Summary
(Just a couple of pages)
 

You can view more details on the Development app here:  (specific links follow)

Link to Application on DevApps / Lien vers la demande sur ottawa.ca/demdam 
Deadline date for comments/ Date limite pour les commentaires:  August 15, 2018 / 15 août 2018
Please comment directly to the File Lead through the “Send comments to the file lead” link of DevApps .  However, for questions, concerns and all other information please contact the File Lead at:
Merci d’adresser directement vos commentaires au responsable du dossier, en utilisant le lien prévu à cet effet sur la page DevApps. Pour toute question, préoccupation ou autre demande d’information, veuillez communiquer avec le responsable du dossier, aux coordonnées suivantes :
English
Name : Louise Sweet-Lindsay
phone: 613-580-2424, ext. 27586
Francais
Nom : Kathy Rygus
Tél.: 613-580-2424, poste 28318

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Parking Restrictions

We’d love to know what you think of the winter parking restrictions. I know it’s tough to think winter with the sunshine, and the splash pad is up and running 😎, but we need your input so we can best help our community. Please fill out the survey and let others in the community know about it.

Thank you,
Fairwinds – Poole Creek Community Association

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PNP3BVY

DECEMBER 7: Open House for light rail to Kanata-Stittsville

(update from Councillor Shad Qadri’s office)

LRT Map December 2017

Once again, I would like to invite all residents to an open house regarding the Kanata Light Rail Transit (LRT) Environmental Assessment (EA) Study on Thursday, December 7th at the Kanata Recreation Complex (Hall A, 100 Charlie Rogers Pl). Another open house took place earlier this year on June 5th to discuss potential options regarding the future of the LRT extension from Moodie to Palladium through Kanata; for a recap of what was discussed, please visit my website here.

Extending LRT to Kanata is identified in the Ultimate Network in the City’s 2013 Transportation Master Plan (TMP). At the previous Public Open House, the City presented the evaluation of alternative corridors and identified a preliminary preferred corridor.

lrt

To date, the Study Team has finalized the recommended corridor, and at this open house will present design details on the recommended plan, station locations and concept designs, and the requirement for a light maintenance and storage facility.

The Environmental Assessment portion of the study will be undertaken in accordance with the Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) as prescribed in Ontario Regulation 231/08, Transit Projects. The City must consider alternative corridors and designs for the project, undertake public and agency consultation, assess the potential environmental effects of the Recommended Plan and identify measures to mitigate any such impacts.

I highly encourage all residents to attend this important open house and share their comments as the LRT will play a huge role in the future of Ottawa transit. Comments received will be collected under TPAP, and with the exception of personal information, will become part of the public record. To provide your comments, please contact Senior Project Engineer, Angela Taylor, by email at Angela.Taylor@ottawa.ca or by phone by calling 613-580-2424 Ext. 15210

For more information, please visit ottawa.ca/KanataLRT

 

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

SUNDAY, NOV 12: Grand opening of the Rosehill Expressway

Join your neighbours from Fairwinds, Bryanston Gate and Poole Creek this Sunday (November 12) at noon for a “celebration” of sorts, to mark the upcoming opening of the Rosehill Expressway.   Bring your kids and meet at the corner of Johnwoods and Rosehill. We’ll have free hot chocolate & more surprises. Also watch for volunteers in the community this week who will be knocking on doors with a petition to sign.

Rosehill Expressway

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.

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.

 

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

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/