The SCA is strongly committed to protecting and enhancing the environment through policy, leadership, awareness and engagement by all community members at a time when the consequences of inaction are no longer acceptable to Society.
Your Association is also firmly committed to providing a safe and secure quality of life factor based on vigorously reducing crime of any nature.
Residents will also be expected to play their part by balancing individual rights with community needs through mutual respect and responsibility when it comes to general conduct, obeying community covenants and city bylaws.
1. Residential Speeding
- Slowdown campaign (signage) and 40kph posted on main collector roads in Stonebridge East. Similar campaign planned for Kilbirnie (Dundonald & Blackleaf as required)
2. Jockvale Road
- Traffic volumes, noise & speeding , lack of sidewalks & cycling lanes, major intersections without lights (Golflinks south entrance, Blackleaf, Riverstone)
- Environmental Assessment completed however major structural changes not budgeted until 2015 . Consultation on interim improvements in progress. Click HERE to view the Environmental Assessement relating to the widening of Jockvale Road.
- The current structure is antiquated and extremely narrow, which proves very hazardous for pedestrians and cyclists. The planned replacement is scheduled by 2010.
4. Housing Intensification - Urban Densification
- The City of Ottawa Official Plan calls for significant increase in housing units per hectare in Barrhaven that will greatly impact density factor for all neighbourhoods. While the theory of controlling urban sprawl is generally acknowledge by all , the longer term social and environmental impact remains a major concern in terms of whether the intended "transit society" created to complement intensity will succeed - otherwise automobile clogged road arteries will result which is a major quality of life issue for most residents . The social aspect of people moving to suburbs for a bit of space may become a thing of the past. At the moment Barrhaven is largely an automobile culture as most workplace locations are not in the community and buses may not meet needs of the average commuter.
- The number 1 cause of litter in our community is household recycle material that gets blown out of blue/black boxes on windy days . Please do not place over-filled recycle boxes , loose articles on sidewalk during windy conditions Construction material is the number 2 culprit, followed closely by dog waste that is not picked up or ends up placed in park garbage bins. Dog owners are simply asked to act responsibly and dispose of waste according to City by-laws.
6. Street parking beside parks
- When parking lots for public parks are full & cars park on neighbouring streets , pedestrian safety (especially children ) is an issue when crossing streets, particularly if the cars line both sides of street. Park activities must be monitored so as to restrict over-scheduling and demand.
7. Jock River
- In cooperation with conservation bodies, the community will be monitoring water flow runoff from new Stormwater Management Ponds off Tamarack development at Half Moon Bay and off Minto development at Bren Maur. Our Association is working actively to protect wildlife corridors along the river as development continues to push such wildlife further and further from their existing habitat. The Association has also raised the issue of steep riverbanks along public footpath near Weir (dam) above the Oakbriar footbridge.
8. Other issues :
- Theft from cars
- Late night rowdy behaviour in parks
- Impact of street lighting and need to control (narrow , downward beam is desirable vs. the strong broadcast beam )
- Residential noise factor – neighbours must respect each other during home reno projects – no lawn cutting Sunday am before 11:00 etc