Ottawa committee to vote on controversial Stittsville subdivision plan

A city councillor vocally opposed to a large Stittsville subdivision plan is rallying residents to have their say at next week’s planning committee.

By Lucy Scholey.

Minto is proposing a 400-plus-unit residential development for Potter’s Key – a 24-hectare parcel of undeveloped land off Hazeldean Road and adjacent to the communities of Jackson Trails and Echowoods. Two parks are included in the plan, including a small soccer field, half a basketball court and a rink.

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There are several problems with the proposal, according to Stittsville Coun. Shad Qadri, including an increase in traffic, the lack of a connection to major route Hazeldean Road, construction vehicle access and a landscape buffer.

“Traffic concerns are one of the largest issues that many communities face in the City of Ottawa and this development will increase pressures on the city’s traffic and police department,” Mr. Qadri wrote in a report on the subdivision.

A petition of 81 signatures protesting the Potter’s Key traffic plan will also go before the planning committee on Tuesday. It will be a busy one.

In the report, staff say Minto has already resolved several of the abovementioned issues. Two roads in the area, Kimpton Drive and Echowoods Avenue, will eventually form part of a collector roadway system fit for the anticipated traffic surge. Traffic calming measures are in the works, too. 

Others are worried about the health of the Feedmill Creek Corridor, which will flow between the two parks, but staff say the subdivision is set back far enough.

Staff are recommending planning committee approve the subdivision proposal before councillors vote.

This article originally appeared on on Feb. 17.

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