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Current Issues



UNSAFE BUS STOP CHANGED                                          Status: Resolved


Thank you Ottawa City and OC Transpo!

With the redirection of the Northbound 164 and 168 buses off of Eagleson Road, and along Shatner Gate / Pickford / Kakulu - then back onto Eagleson, a safety hazard for our residents has been avoided.

The northbound bus stop at Eagleson and Shatner Gate was removed well over a year ago due to safety concerns. Similar safety concerns were raised by the KHCA about the bus stop on Eagleson northbound at Kakulu. With the speed limit on Eagleson increased from 60 km/hr to 80 km/hr about 18 months ago, the situation at that bus stop had become too dangerous. There was a narrow strip of tilted concrete to stand on, and the bus stop snow and ice was poorly cleared in the winter. Steve Anderson first raised this issue with OCTranspo in January 2016, because during that winter teens and adults were standing on the icy snowbank that had developed there, in the dark early winter mornings, with their toes literally inches from the cars and trucks driving by at speeds of 80 km/hr or more. There was no place for those waiting to back up further from the road - there was no concrete pad to stand on, the lighting was poor, and there was nothing like a bus shelter to not only protect from the elements along this semi-rural "highway", but also to increase driver awareness of the existence of people standing there in the dark. To increase the red tape, that bus stop was actually located in Councillor Rick Charelli's area on that side of the highway, although the residents using the stop live in Councillor Allan Hubley's area. OCTranspo and the Councillors continued to study the issue and debate what might be done, but with winter coming Steve went to the Ottawa Citizen to draw further attention to this unsafe situation. The Citizen did a story on the situation.

http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/kanata-man-trying-to-get-citys-attention-about-marooned-bus-stop

Whether it was the story in the Citizen that finally got the situation addressed we will never know. But it must have helped! An added bonus is that now the dense concentration of houses in this part of Katimavik are receiving better bus service; a new bus stop on Shatner Gate, with other residents further down the road able to use existing bus shelter near the Mac's Milk on Kakulu. Also, those waiting for a 269 bus in a snow storm or extreme cold can jump on the first of three buses going by and possibly get off at the Eagleson Park n' Ride without having to do the "walk of shame" all the way down Eagleson.


Two new 164 and 168 bus stops...

Are safer than this in the dark!
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LARSEN LINEAR PARK                                                                   Status: Ongoing

Larsen Linear Park is the name of the forested corridor that runs between Kakulu Road (past the entrance to Barrow Crescent) in a straight line down to Eagleson Road. The paved pathway section currently curves to meet Inuvik Crescent, instead of continuing between the Shell gas station and Roger St. Denis school through to Eagleson Road. The pathway was never finished when the area was built up, and people have generally been cutting through the Shell gas station to access the paved pathway. Why was the pathway never finished thirty years ago? Nobody remembers. So we submitted a freedom of information request to the City last year to better search the history. It did not find a record of why the pathway was never finished. However, we have recently heard that the pathway was where Timm Road used to go, before Kanata was built. 

This past summer two community volunteers have been cutting the grass from the bend in the existing paved pathway over to Eagleson Road, to encourage people to use this new pathway extension. They have also removed significant deadwood and debris that was blocking the use of this unpaved corridor. Coincidentally, this summer the City came in and cut down a number of diseased trees in that area, and subsequently planted new tree seedlings alongside this section of the corridor. The KHCA thinks it is time for the City to finish this long-forgotten "missing link". This way, the plowed pathway can extend out to Eagleson Road and people would not have to trespass across Shell property and would not have to climb over the mounds of snow that are pushed up in that corner. We are also concerned that Shell could install a fence at any time and this would make the significant pedestrian and bicycle traffic over to the existing paved pathway impossible. A paved pathway right out to Eagleson would mean bicycles could travel out to Eagleson without having to go way down to the end of Inuvik and doubling back along Katimavik (there is a shortcut through the forest at the start of Katimavik Road, but you aren't allowed to ride bicycles down that path and over the creek footbridge). We don't believe that paving the rest of the distance out to Eagleson Road would increase foot traffic very much - it would just mean that about the same number of people would now be able to use City property for their entire trip instead of cutting through Shell property. Last summer, Steve Anderson circulated a letter to the six houses on Inuvik Cresent most likely to be affected by the pathway extension. He received one request back for more information, and one positive feedback comment. Nobody objected. The City is currently considering our request. Councillor Allan Hubley confirms that it is being reviewed by the City.

Keep it going... right through to Eagleson Road!
 
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McCURDY DRIVE SIDEWALK (North Side)                              Status: Ongoing

Two representatives of the KHCA attended the open house that was held on Monday, November 20th. Many residents turned up. The KHCA does not have an official position on the building of this sidewalk - not yet anyway. One KHCA rep was somewhat against the proposal, and one was enthusiastically for it (Steve Anderson). Steve's point of view is that a sidewalk on the north side is overdue for safety and accessibility reasons, and the fact that it is federal money makes it that much more attractive. If we give up the chance to build the sidewalk the money will be used for the next project on the list,which will likely be outside the Katimavik-Hazeldean area. Some people were overheard to say that they won't be able to park their vehicles in their driveways without blocking the new sidewalk. On the way home that night it was noticed that at least one house had four vehicles in the double driveway - and they also have garage(s)? It's up to people what they do on their own property, but if the vehicles are parked that close to the road they aren't they actually partially sitting on the City right-of-way? Lots of unanswered questions about this parking issue.

Here is more information from the City of Ottawa website:

https://ottawa.ca/en/mccurdy-drive-sidewalk-north-side

The proposed sidewalk will be installed at the following location:

McCurdy Drive (Castlefrank Road North to Maple Grove Road) – This segment will be implemented on the north side of McCurdy Drive and will be approximately 1070m in length.
The project is a Phase 1 project from the Council-approved 2013 Ottawa Pedestrian Plan. The project will complete a missing link in the pedestrian network providing improved connectivity to public transit, schools, parks and community destinations. As a collector road, policy requires a sidewalk on both sides of McCurdy Drive. The requirement becomes increasingly important when the corridor is a public transit route, leads directly to public transit, fronts onto schools, parks, community facilities and/or leads directly to these amenities. 

McCurdy Drive fronts onto Castlefrank Elementary School, Holy Rerdeemer School, Hayward Park and Dorey Park while leading to Sewell Park and Stonegate Park. McCurdy Drive currently has seven bus stops on the north side that do not meet accessibility standards.

Providing a complete sidewalk on the north side of McCurdy Dive will provide easy access to the transit stops for all users. It will provide a complete facility for all pedestrians including the more vulnerable users such as: children, wheelchair users and persons with visual impairments. The addition of the sidewalk will encourage less midblock crossings, creating a safer pedestrian environment.

The provision of a sidewalk on McCurdy Drive is a policy requirement and aligns with the City’s transportation goals and objectives to maximize walkability.
The proposed sidewalk will be installed within the City’s right-of-way. Landscaping, retaining walls, or other features within this right-of-way may be impacted. Please see the drawing below for more details.




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HYDRO CORRIDOR MAINTENANCE                                 Status: Coming in 2018

Several members of the KHCA attended the Ontario Hydro Information Session in North Kanata on October 30. We thought it important to attend because we had heard Ontario Hydro had clear-cut all the vegetation under the hydro corridor running through March Township and was about to do the same in Kanata North. 

That same hydro corridor crosses the Queensway near Food Basics and travels through Hewitt Park across Hazeldean Road to the transformer station near Hazeldean Mall. What we learned was that Hydro was working with the residents of Kanata North and will be signing agreements with each property owner along the route as to what vegetation can be planted and maintained within the safety corridor. This is the first time Ontario Hydro has done this. The KHCA Executive members in attendance spoke up and indicated that we would like the same deal for the Katimavik-Hazeldean property owners who will be affected in 2018.

However, now questions have surfaced as to why the larger towers seem to be reduced in size as the power lines bend around Hazeldean Mall. Why isn't the whole line length using one pole, instead of the much bigger footprint two or three-pole structures?  Stay tuned.


Three poles turn into one pole at Hazeldean Mall...
 

...and then back into two or three poles past it!
 
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BACHMAN TERRACE                                                            Status:  Dragging On
 

"Bachman Terrace" is the quick name the KHCA uses to describe the long-term debacle concerning the development of the pieces of property at 19 and 23 Bachman Terrace, directly behind the Dairy Queen near the corner of Eagleson and Hazeldean Roads.  The single-family house that has sat on these large corner lots has fallen into disrepair and needs to be torn down.  However, the company that bought the lot decided it wanted to replace that one house with 25 townhomes.  This was later reduced to 18 units. 

 

With over 100 local residents opposed to this plan and having signed a petition, and with our City Councillor Allan Hubley also opposed to this plan, it should not be surprising that the KHCA also has serious concerns about the very intensive use of this property.  It simply makes no sense in terms of parking, with many cars and trailers being parked on that short stretch of curving road already each night.  Residents also have concerns about fire safety and noise.  It seems like the only people who are dictating this degree of intensive housing live outside our neighbourhood, and the motivation of the developer is purely profit with no regard for the problems created for the existing residents (or future residents).  Unfortunately, the Ontario Municipal Board had sided with the developer, but the Ontario government is now examining the role and mandate of the OMB with an eye to making possible changes.  In the meantime, the developer appears to be now trying to sell the land.  We can only hope others buy the land and develop it responsibly.  


 
 

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