Tag: johnwoods

Community News

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

Community News

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

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.

***

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.”

 

***

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

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 

***

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/

Parking, Traffic and Transit

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 info@fairwindscommunity.com


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.

prop

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

E-mail: Kathy.Rygus@ottawa.ca