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
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.
Fairwinds Community Association