Welcome to our community!

Fairwinds is a growing neighbourhood located in West Ottawa, bordering the two communities of Kanata and Stittsville near Canadian Tire Centre.

The mission of the Fairwinds Community Association (FCA) is to be an advocate for residents on significant issues that affect the quality of life in Fairwinds. The association is made up of residents who volunteer their time and work together to build a better community.

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Save the date: Annual community summer bbq on September 6

Please mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Fairwinds Community BBQ, to be held at Par-la-Ville Park on Saturday, September 6 from 11am – 2pm.

Activities and sponsors include:

  • BBQ courtesy of Kodiak Snowblowing
  • Snow cones courtesy of Councillor Shad Qadri.
  • Face-painting by Honeydrop Body and Face Art
  • Star Wars characters from the 501st Legion
  • Fire Truck from Station #46
  • U-Rock Music School
  • ‘Fairwinds in the Summer’ Photo Contest results
  • Ottawa Police and Neighbourhood Watch
  • Special sponsor: CIBC (Hazeldean and Huntmar)
  • And much more!

Volunteers needed! Please contact info@fairwindscommunity.com if you’d like to volunteer!

You can find more information on our Facebook page…

Our comments on the Plan of Subdivision for 173 Huntmar

173 Huntmar Aerial Photograph

The Fairwinds Community Association submitted the following comments to the City of Ottawa regarding the proposed Plan of Subdivision for 173 Huntmar, just north of our neighbourhood. Individual residents can make comments on the plan until end of day on Friday, August 15.  You can read more about the plan here…

 

August 14, 2014

To: Mike Schmidt, City of Ottawa
CC: Shad Qadri, City Councillor

Re: D07-16-14-0016 – Plan of Subdivision for 173 Huntmar

Hello Mike.

I am writing on behalf of the Fairwinds Community Association. We represent approximately 1100 households in Fairwinds, the neighbourhood immediately south of the 173 Huntmar property.  We are submitting the following comments re: the plan of subdivision for that property.

1. Cultural Heritage.  We are pleased to see that the Boyd farmhouse will be preserved as part of the plan, along with the landscape immediately surrounding it.  Historic buildings such as this one are rare in Stittsville and it’s important that we preserve these cultural landmarks whenever possible, especially in an area that’s developing so quickly.

2. Traffic.  We are very concerned with additional cut-through traffic this development will generate along Huntmar Drive between Maple Grove and Hazeldean.  Until the full North-South arterial is completed, we would ask that the city and the developer work with our community to develop a plan that mitigates additional traffic and noise through the residential area of Fairwinds.  Also, we note that the traffic data used in the study dates from 2012; since then the area has undergone much commercial retail growth along Hazeldean Road as well as ongoing residential development, resulting in a significant increase in traffic through our neighbourhood.

3. Parking.  The accompanying zoning application seeks to reduce parking from 1.2 spaces to 1 space per unit, for a total reduction of 37 spaces.  Based on the experience of our community, 1 space per residential unit is not adequate.  Furthermore, we expect that temporary street parking from spectators at Canadian Tire Place will put a strain on parking spots in the area for the residents, and recommend that no adjustments be made to parking.

4. Commercial.  Given the proximity to residential areas, our community association is concerned about potential commercial uses.  We would like to have more information from the developer about the types of businesses being planned for the development.

5. Trees.  The mature trees surrounding the farmhouse, along with the row of trees along the driveway at the north side of the property, should be preserved.  Both treed areas give significant character to the site and provide other natural benefits such as shade, wind-breaking, etc.  Based on the plan of subdivision map, these trees could easily be incorporated into the landscaping and design for the site.

 

Best regards,

Glen Gower
Fairwinds Community Association

August 16: Shad Qadri hosts a pancake breakfast at Bandmaster Park

From Councillor Shad Qadri:

“On Saturday, August 16th my office in conjunction with Enbridge Gas will be holding a pancake breakfast from 8:00am until 10:30am at Bandmaster Park, 203 Mistral Way, in Fairwinds! Rob Wilkinson of Safer Roads Ottawa will be out to educate on cycling and pedestrian safety with the help of the Ottawa Fire Services and the Ottawa Paramedic Services. Mattamy Homes will be providing an inflatable obstacle course for the children, and Enbridge will be cooking the pancakes. I hope to see everyone there bright and early on the 16th!”

Changes coming to 96 bus route this fall

96 Bus Route changes to serve Tanger outlets

OC Transpo route 96A will be changed slightly this fall to serve the new Tanger outlet mall just north of the Queensway.  The mall opening is planned for October 17, and the route would change a few weeks before that.

We asked City Councillor Shad Qadri about what impact this change would have to Fairwinds residents.  He told us:

  • The route change was made at the request of the mall owner, who is paying the cost for the extension to provide this service.
  • OC Transpo says this will add 2 minutes to the total trip.
  • Councillor Qadri is in discussion with OC Transpo about ongoing changes and improvements for Stittsville residents.

Next FCA Executive Committee is on Wednesday, August 6

Our next executive committee meeting is on Wednesday, August 6 at 7:00pm.

Note our location: CIBC Boardroom – Hazeldean and Huntmar (5527 Hazeldean Road)

Items on our agenda include:

  • End of Summer BBQ (September 6) – entertainment; food; permits; poster; volunteers, etc.
  •  Development of 173 Huntmar
  • Neighbourhood Watch status
  • OSC Bike Safety Rodeo
  • Brigatine Park status
  • Full Meeting Agenda – August 6, 2014

All of our meetings are open to the public.

Brigatine Park update: Should be open soon!

UPDATE, AUGUST 9: It’s open!  Just the park; the bridge is still closed.

 

UPDATE, AUGUST 8: The contractor says the park should be open Saturday morning.  Please don’t try to access the park until the barrier fencing comes down!

 

UPDATE, AUGUST 2: Shad Qadri shared this note on Facebook: “Hello everyone, please be patient as to the eventual opening of the park. City will not accept any park or any other infrastructure without final inspections. With the Brigatine Park city has identified some defenciies that must be completed. If the city accepts the park without its final approval any further work related to these defencies would have to be completed by the city at taxpayers expense. So I ask all of you to be patient and inturn we will receive a park that is fully completed without any delays at a later date. Thank you, Shad”

 

UPDATE, AUGUST 1: It’s not open yet but it’s looking good.

Brigatine Park, August 1, 2014

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We have been advised that the play structure in Brigatine Park requires the repair of some deficiencies and is then expected to open after a further inspection – the structures will then be open for play by the end of next week (Aug 1).  Here are some recent photos showing progress on the park.

Brigatine Park July 20

 

Brigatine Park July 11

 

Brigatine Park site plan