Public Meeting on Next Phase of Arcadia Development

Originally published in July 2018.

Many people don’t know that more houses will be built between the south side of the Carp River and the existing houses in Arcadia on what used to be the floodplain of the river.  At the public meeting on 12 July we learned: 

  • There are two storm water management ponds. The larger one to the north is 8 ha and it must be built first in 2019/2020 to establish elevation.
  • In Stages 3 and 4, 455 residential units will be built, a mix of singles and townhomes.  Stage 3 planned occupancy is 2021; Stage 4 is 2024.
  • There are currently no plans to build Stage 5 (although this may change). It lies in the floodplain and there are “soil challenges”.
  • Feedmill Creek with be “restored” (with developer funds) and pathways created on either side.  The work will be done by the City in 2020.
  • The park is 6 ha.  Half of the park will be built in 2020/2021; the other half near river will need to be pre-loaded and allowed to settle.  The land will need to be raised by 3 to 4 meters.
  • The future LRT corridor is at the south end, between Campeau and the Queensway. It will cross the Carp River and run parallel to Feedmill Creek.
  • Stage 2 is commercial development south of Campeau Drive: 2 hotels, 2 restaurants, and a hotel in 2018/2019.


Concrete Batch Processing Plant Proposed for Carp Road Site

Originally published in December 2018

Huntley Creek may be threatened by a Concrete Batch Processing Plant proposed for 2596 Carp Road.  Huntley Creek is one of the City’s few cold water creeks and a tributary of the Carp River. Despite setbacks from the floodplain and vegetative buffers, discharge from the plant – planned or unplanned – could affect the creek’s temperature and introduce pollutants. There are also risks to groundwater and nearby wells.

The development proposed in the Site Plan application includes a concrete batching plant, site parking, truck parking, outdoor aggregate storage, and an outdoor wash rack. The plant will increase heavy truck traffic on an already congested section of Carp Road.

The subject property is currently zoned Rural General Industrial which permits a variety of industrial uses, but does not permit a concrete batching plant. The Zoning By-law Amendment application requests that a concrete batching plant be included as an additional permitted use to the subject property in order to accommodate the development on the property.

The target date the application will be considered by the City’s Agricultural and Rural Affaires Committee, is February 7, 2019.  Residents are encouraged to voice their concerns to Councillor El-Chantiry and to the City’s planner, who can be contacted via the Site Plan application web site.


Kanata Highlands Development

Originally published in December 2017

Richcraft Homes held a public information meeting on 12 December to share three preliminary concept plans for the envelope of land – about 27 hectares – available for development out of a total of 77 hectares on the south side of Terry Fox Drive.  Information about this project, including past comments from the public, is available at the City of Ottawa’s Urban Expansion Study for the Kanata Highlands.  The three concepts can be downloaded here.

There are two main issues with this development:

  1. management of flood and surface water, and
  2. addressing the species at risk on the site, especially the Blanding’s Turtle population.

The site borders the stretch of the Carp River between Richardson Side Road and the railroad crossing at Huntmar Road.  Flood plain mapping was last done in 1983, but significant development has occurred upstream since that time.  Blanding’s Turtles cross the site from the adjacent South March Highlands to reach the river.  We sent our comments to the City and you can download them here.