Category: Parking, Traffic and Transit

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

Public Meeting May 4: Converting Johnwoods to recreation path

We encourage all residents in Fairwinds and Poole Creek Village to come out to this meeting to get information and ask questions about what’s planned. Also, tell us what you think about the plan: email

From Councillor Shad Qadri:

I would like to invite you all to a Community Information and Comment Session regarding an upcoming proposal. There is a Proposed Conversion of a portion of Johnwoods Street to a Pedestrian Pathway (Rosehill Avenue to Maple Grove Road).


Wednesday May 4, 2016

Open House 6:30 pm, Presentation 7pm

Johnny Leroux Stittsville Community Arena Upper Hall

10 Warner-Colpitts Lane

The City is proposing to convert the segment of Johnwoods Street between Rosehill Avenue and Maple Grove Road (as shown on the plan below) to a pedestrian/cyclist corridor within the road allowance. The proposed design would include removal of the asphalt and the construction of a 3-metre wide recreational pathway. This would take place only after Rosehill Avenue and Santolina Street have been constructed.


Information from this meeting will also be available on my website following the meeting for those who are unable to attend on May 4. For additional information, please contact either myself or Kathy Rygus, Planning and Growth Management Department.


Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 28318

Fax: 613-560-6006