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…

Brigatine Park update: Should be open by about August 1

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.  Here are some recent photos showing progress on the park.

Brigatine Park July 20

 

Brigatine Park July 11

 

Brigatine Park site plan

Plan of subdivision for 173 Huntmar

173 Huntmar Aerial Photograph

Plan of subdivision 173 hunt mar

 

A plan of subdvision has been submitted for the land at 173 Huntmar, a strip of land just north of Fairwinds.  You can read the plan and supporting documents here: http://ottwatch.ca/devapps/D07-16-14-0016

In a nutshell: “Permit the development of a mixed-use subdivision with residential and commercial uses, consisting of 13 low rise apartment buildings, 12 townhouses blocks and two four storey commercial buildings with retail on the ground floor and office uses above.”

The property includes a 19th century stone farmhouse known as “Boyd House” that would be preserved as a commercial building, along with the land immediately surrounding it. One of the reports recommends saving the trees around the house, as well as the long line of trees along the north lane way.

We would encourage Fairwinds residents to review the plan and reports and let us know about any of your concerns or comments at info@fairwindscommunity.com. This development is of particular interest to residents in Fairwinds North, who will be closest to the development.  We’ll be discussing this plan and your feedback at our next Fairwinds board meeting in early August.

You can comment on the plan until August 15, and there will be a public meeting likely in late August/early September.

 

Stittsville Information Session on Energy East Pipeline, July 29

Ecology Ottawa is hosting an information session re: the Energy East Pipeline on Tuesday, July 29 at 7:00pm at Johnny Leroux Arena, 2nd Floor, 10 Warner-Colpitts Lane, Stittsville,

Here’s some event info and a poster from their web page. You can find out more on their Facebook event page.

TransCanada has proposed to ram North America’s biggest oil pipeline through Stittsville and Ottawa. The pipeline would link the Alberta Tar Sands with tanker ports 4,500km away in New Brunswick, so the oil could be put on supertankers. We think this is a bad idea – one that threatens our rivers, our health, and our climate. Join us for a discussion on what the risks are associated with this proposed pipeline, and how and why we’re working to stop it! No charge, pizza and drinks will be served.

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Update re: traffic signals at Huntmar and Maple Grove

Traffic signals at Huntmar and Maple Grove won’t be installed until at least 2015.  They were originally expected to be installed at this busy intersection in spring 2014.  We sent a letter to Mayor Jim Watson and City Councillor Shad Qadri outlining our community concerns.  The original letter and Shad’s response are included below.

Here’s how you can help:
We encourage all residents to email our Mayor and City Councillor to let them know about safety concerns regarding the four-way stop.  We’ve heard from a lot of residents that it’s a dangerous intersection, not to mention the inconvenience to rush hour traffic and OC Transpo buses.

You can send your emails to:

 

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Our original letter to Mayor Watson, copied to Shad Qadri

July 8, 2014

Mr. Mayor:

I am writing on behalf of the Fairwinds Community Association to express our disappointment and concern regarding the delay in installing traffic signals at the corner of Huntmar and Maple Grove.  Councillor Shad Qadri informed the community in May that the traffic signals, originally planned to be installed in 2014, would be delayed until at least 2015.

This delay is unacceptable to our residents. Our community has frequently alerted the City and our councillor about safety and traffic issues at the intersection, including:

- The stop lines and pedestrian crossing lines are not well-marked, and stop signs are set back from the actual intersection, making it hazardous for pedestrians to cross.

- The intersection is 1km from Canadian Tire Centre and experiences significant traffic before and after events.  (Police are dispatched after every event to direct traffic at this intersection.)

- Traffic is frequently backed up between Palladium and Maple Grove in the morning and afternoon. It often takes 10-15 minutes to travel less than 1km southbound during afternoon rush hour, impacting both car commuters and OC Transpo buses.

- Drivers often do not obey the 4-way stop signs and there have been collisions at this intersection.

- Huntmar Road is used by many Stittsville and Kanata vehicles (including truck and construction traffic) as a cut-through to travel to-and-from Highway 417. There are no signalled crossings for pedestrians whatsoever in this residential area on Huntmar.

We are requesting from the City:

1. An explanation as to why this project was delayed.

2. A clear timeline outlining when traffic signals will be added to this intersection.

3. A review as to whether a roundabout/traffic circle would be appropriate for this intersection (instead of traffic lights).

4. Have city crews review current signage and pavement markings at the 4-way stop to ensure that stop lines and pedestrian markings are clear.

5. Ongoing monitoring by Ottawa Police to ensure that the 4-way stop rules are being respected by drivers.

 

Best regards,

Glen Gower
Board Member
Fairwinds Community Association

 

 

July 9, 2014

Mr. Gower, thanks for including me in your message to Mayor Watson.  I am sorry to hear that some drivers are not obeying the traffic rules in place for an all way stop as it their responsibility to do so.  As I mentioned in my weekly electronic column recently, I can confirm that traffic control signals are warranted at the intersection, however we do not have a firm date for when these will be implemented. Modifications at this intersection were listed in the budget for the New Traffic Control Signals program for 2014, however these modifications were below the “cut off line”, meaning that though we would like to upgrade the traffic control at this intersection, we did not have funds to do so in 2014. The inclusion of Huntmar/Maple Grove on the budget sheet indicates that this location is one that will likely be prioritized for funding in future years ahead of locations found to be warranted for signals between now and next year’s budget, however we cannot guarantee at this point that signals will be implemented next year.

Traffic staff have taken into consideration the concerns of residents and also concerns by Canadian Tire Place in requiring this intersection to be signalized. As a result of further review with the Mayor’s office and senior staff, over the next couple months the City will undertake preliminary design work required for the Huntmar and Maple Grove intersection. This will ensure the project is ready to move forward as soon as funding is available for the project. Discussions are also ongoing to explore possibilities for funding to be allocated this year for the project.

Until the traffic lights are installed, some drivers blatantly ignoring the all way stop at this intersection and on all City streets ,is a safety issue that the Ottawa Police Service and I take very seriously.  As I advise all residents contacting me about stop sign running, I do hope this is being reported to Police.  If not, when you witness this type of traffic infraction at this location, it would be most helpful if possible to get a license plate number and or make of the vehicle causing the infraction.  I do understand that this is not always easy.  However I do encourage you to contact the Ottawa Police Call Centre at 613-236-1222  Ext 7300 with any details available and to at the very least bring this dangerous violation to their attention.  Call Centre agents are available 7 days a week from 6 am until 2am to take down as much detail as you can provide. Once your report is taken, you will be provided with a case number and the report will be assigned to the area traffic enforcement section for follow-up.  A police officer will then contact you in relation to their action.

The more you and other motorists call when witnessing these dangerous infractions occurring the more the area will be viewed as a potential hot spot for the Ottawa Police to monitor. Issuing tickets is one of the best ways to get the point across to an irresponsible driver that he/she is responsible to obey all the traffic rules under the Highway Traffic Act.

Several residents also wrote in inquiring if a roundabout could be installed at this location.  This was looked into but unfortunately there was not enough land available to do so.

Until the traffic lights go in at this intersection, certainly all motorists should be cognizant and aware of the traffic laws in place when travelling through an all way intersection.   Mr. Gower, please be assured that I will continue to press for signalization at this intersection sooner rather than later.  I will be updating residents on any new details/development on this through my weekly electronic column, my column in The Stittsville News, and on my website, located at www.shadqadri.com.

Regards,

Shad

Next FCA Executive Committee is on Wednesday, July 9

Our next executive committee meeting is on Wednesday, June 9 at 7:00pm.

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

Highlights include

- Fairwinds Photo Contest
- Neighbourhood Watch
- End of Summer BBQ
- Traffic signal at Huntmar/Maple Grove
- Fundraising activities
- Brigatine Park update
Meeting Agenda – July 9, 2014

All of our meetings are open to the public.