KNL Draft Plan

For the past 22 years residents of Kanata have enjoyed the forest trails in the Shield land between Kanata Lakes, Beaverbrook and Morgan's Grant. These lands are partly owned by KNL Developments Inc. but the City has a 40% interest by virtue of an agreement signed in 1981 that was intended to preserve the recreational and natural environment areas. A proposal has been submitted to the City to build 3,100 homes on this site.

Click image for enlarged view of North Kanata, showing the subject properties, including all of the Trillium Woods Click image for enlarged close-up view of the subject area itself

The 1981 Campeau agreement that established the 40% was amended via a second agreement made in 1988 that provided 560 acres of open space, to include 287 acres of NEA land. In 1992 the City of Kanata sponsored an environmental survey that concluded that the forest areas of the Trillium Woods, the West Block (north of the Kizell Drain), and the forest north of the Beaver Pond should be designated as NEA. Unfortunately, the City did not arrange for a land survey and conveyance of the NEA lands at that time, as had been anticipated in the agreement. We are now in danger of losing most of the forest lands in two of the three areas.

Much of the 560 acres of open space has already been allocated during the development of Kanata Lakes, leaving only 267 acres of space, which is short of the 287 acres of forest in the three areas. However there are 9 acres of City owned land that is in the NEA area, bringing the total to 276 acres, not including 8.2 acres along the rail right of way that is also City owned. (This rail line is being reserved for a transit route that will almost certainly be located elsewhere. See "The Missing Link").

The KNL draft plan proposes to designate the Kizell Drain as NEA (currently called UNF) land, contrary to the recommendation of the 1992 study. Moreover, the Draft Plan proposes to include substantial amounts of land along the rail line as open space, which meets the 40% requirement but not the intent to preserve the forests. Since it is not NEA land, such open space is in danger of being developed in the future in keeping with the City's infill policies. Again, one solution is to remove the rail line, which removes the need to waste the open space allotment for use as buffers along the rail line. Getting rid of the rail line would mean that the developed area would be surrounded by parkland, instead of being bisected by a railroad.

The Survey (PDF)

On-Line Version

Internet Links

A collection of links

Green Space Map

The open space allocations

KLCA Reports on the Plans

Joint Position Paper (PDF)

Special Study

Plans for the future

The Missing Link

Tiny rail link solves many problems

Terry Fox Extension

Choosing the best location

The Beaver Pond

The entranceway to the Park


This will be a large community


Minimizing traffic problems

Agreement (1981)

The original agreement

Agreement (1988)

Includes allocations

Studies and Documents


The Concept Plan

The basis for the 1988 agreement

OMB Appeal

The School

And then there were none......


The KNL Plan (Nov/03)

This is what was proposed in the KNL application (but numerous possible variations have since been suggested by the KNL representative). Green represents NEA land. Blue represents land for which the designation is presently ambiguous. Red represents areas that are proposed to be a part of the "green space", but that are not designated as NEA areas or eligible for such designation. Yellow represents City-owned land.



On Feb 11 the KBCA Executive approved the following recommendations.


(1) The green space areas shown in Schedule A should be developed, and their allocations used to preserve additional forest land within the two NEA areas defined by Brunton.
(2) The additional forest allocations should be distributed on the basis that 60% should go to the Beaver Pond forest and 40% to the West Block.
(3) The three forest areas should be linked with a natural corridor as recommended by Section xxx of the Ottawa Official Plan
(4) The sanitary sewer that connects to the terminus at the end of Kimmins Ct. should follow the route that causes the least possible damage to the natural environment.

Here is a map of Pland D!!!

The position paper submitted to the City and to Peggy Feltmate by the three Presidents of the local community associations can be found here.


Submission of the SOS Group



Report of the Ottawa Forest and Greenspace Advisory Committee



Overview (Jan 17, 2004)