November 18th, 2013
The Fairwinds Community Association is calling for new resident members to help us in our mission to be a voice for our neighbours on significant issues that affect the quality of life in the Fairwinds community.
In only our first year of existence…
- We have advocated for a public high school for Stittsville, helped move that goal a bit closer to fruition, and are keeping up the fight for funding from the Province.
- We have been a liaison between various entities like Mattamy Homes and the City of Ottawa to provide residents with updated information about traffic issues, construction projects, and future development in our community. A couple of the issues we’ve worked on include the road realignment on Huntmar (south of the traffic circle), and the bridge construction and park landscaping off of Brigatine.
- Most recently, we took a stand on behalf of those of our residents who use and support public transportation against the City’s unfortunate decision to delay the expansion of rapid transit between Stittsville and the downtown core, and we will continue to do so for this issue as well as other concerns affecting our residents.
- In addition to the above, our future goals include the implementation a Neighbourhood Watch program for Fairwinds and the introduction of regular social events to welcome new residents and bring neighbours closer together in our growing community.
We need a strong membership base in order to deliver fair and effective representation for our residents. You can stay up to date on the association and issues in our community by connecting with us in a number of ways:
Please stay tuned for news about our Annual General Meeting and Election to be held on Monday, February 10.
We welcome your questions and concerns. Please visit our contact us page
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December 4th, 2013
The community group that’s working to bring a public high school to Stittsville is asking for help from residents. Here’s a note from their Facebook page:
To continue our efforts to lobby for a public high school for Stittsville, we are now turning our attention and efforts to the Minister of Education and our provincial representatives. At present, no provincial announcements on capital funding for school boards are expected until the spring of 2014. However, we are asking everyone to please contact the Minister of Education, Liz Sandals, to express your concerns and to reiterate the need for this school for our community. Please start sending your messages now!
Mailing address: 14th Floor, Mowat Block 900 Bay Street, Toronto ON M7A 1L2
November 15th, 2013
The Fairwinds Community Association sent this letter to staff at City Hall in regards to changes to the Transportation Master Plan affecting future rapid transit to Stittsville. (You can read more about the issue in this Ottawa Citizen article.) We welcome your comments on this issue. Please email your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s a copy of the letter:
November 14, 2013
To: Keith Egli, Nancy Schepers, John Moser
Cc: Shad Qadri, Jim Watson, FCA Secretary
Re: Changes to Transportation Master Plan affecting rapid transit to Stittsville
Hello Keith, Nancy and John.
I am writing on behalf of the Fairwinds Community Association. We represent over 1,000 households in Stittsville near the intersection of Hazeldean and Huntmar.
We are disappointed with recent changes announced to the Transportation Master Plan that will delay planned rapid transit projects serving the Stittsville area until after 2031.
As you know, Stittsville is growing fast. Population is expected to grow from 27,000 today to 71,000 in the next 10-20 years. Dedicated rapid transit infrastructure was part of the Community Design Plan for the Fernbank lands, one of the communities with the highest projected growth. Why was this infrastructure eliminated from the new TMP?
Where bus service exists, our residents use it. Fairwinds has a high number of bus riders, with routes 96, 261 and 263 operating at “standing room only” during rush hour. But as one of our residents put it: why take the bus when it’s sitting bumper-to-bumper on the Queensway in rush hour like every other car commuter?
Here in the west end, there’s little advantage to using buses without having a dedicated transitway. Stittsville and Kanata have been underserved by transit for decades, while Orleans and Barrhaven continue to receive significant investments in their infrastructure.
We are also concerned about growth in traffic volume as Stittsville expands. Due to our location between Fernbank and the 417, we are concerned that any reduction in planned transit infrastructure will cause increased cut-through traffic on our streets and more congestion on all the roads in the area.
We urge the transportation committee to put bus rapid transit back in the master plan for Stittsville. Stittsville and Kanata need dedicated transitway infrastructure to support the rapid growth in our communities.
Interim President, Fairwinds Community Association
November 7th, 2013
City Councillor Shad Qadri sent a note to us today with an update on construction of the Brigantine bridge:
I have been informed by Mattamy Development that their contractor has suggested commencement of work on the Brigatine bridge abutments next week. Construction will take approximately two weeks.
On Sunday November 10th from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. I along with Mike Green from Mattamy will be available to meet with residents on-site at the Brigatine Park location to answer any questions that you may have going forward regarding the bridge.
Councillor, Serving the community of Stittsville within the City of Ottawa
November 7th, 2013
The next meeting of the Fairwinds Community Association Executive Committee is on Wednesday, November 13 at 7:30pm at the Sobey’s on Carp Road (upper level kitchen meeting room).
As with all of our executive committee meetings, this meeting is open to all Fairwinds residents to attend.
An agenda is attached.