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Neighbourhood Bat Walk


Neighbours Day is Saturday, June 8, 2019!

In celebration, Settler's Grove Community invites you and your family to join us on a nature walk with Josh, the City of Kitchener's "Bat" expert! Let's learn more about these creatures while we plan for ideal bat box locations that will serve to reduce mosquito populations in specific outdoor areas!

Event: Neighbourhood Bat Walk

Date and Time: Saturday June 8th, 7pm - 8pm

Meeting Location: Settler's Grove Park

We will be making use of bat finders and kids are invited to make their own original bat masks to wear during the walk.  There will be prizes for the most original creations!  

Treats will be provided!

Please join us for what promises to be a fun and educational evening walk.

City Development Meeting

Representatives from the Settler's Grove Community Association met with the planning department of the City of Kitchener on June 15th to discuss our neighbourhood. Here are the minutes from that meeting. 

City of Kitchener, Planning Department Meeting-June 15 th , 2016

In attendance;

  • Brandon Sloan (Manager, Long Range & Policy Planning)-City of Kitchener

  • Rohan Thompson-City of Kitchener

  • Helen Van Osch-SGCA Director

  • Carl Keller-SGCA Director

  • Christine Bettencourt-DaSilva-SGCA Director

  • Lurdes Jordao-SGCA Director

Questions raised by residents; presented by SGCA Board of Directors;

1) Oak Trees that have been cut down, can the trees be replaced along Deer Ridge Drive? We will be meeting with the Operations Department in the fall and will raise this question at the meeting.

2) Can we expand our little park to include additional swings? Parks Department question

3) How can we prevent speeding along Deer Ridge Drive? And running the stop sign at Candle and Deer Ridge? Transportation Department; for street calming and Police Services to clock speed

4) Many dogs are off leash lately. Are the bi-law people around? Please call the bi-law officer at City of Kitchener to report any concerns.

5) A question I have is the increased traffic coming in from Old King street to Deer Ridge drive given the TD bank, Lulu's plaza traffic and now the new plaza going in.  Will there be access to the mall off of Old King to keep the traffic down? Yes, there will be access to mall off Old King.

Will they lengthen the light at the corner so that more traffic can get through/off Deer ridge drive in the morning and after work hours? Customer Service line at Regional of Waterloo for inquiries (Traffic Signal Time)

6) Why do we not have a community center in the area? How did this subdivision get planned without taking consideration into it's residents including children requiring these services? Why are there no areas for children to play baseball or soccer? Are there any lands available that we can plan out something to permit children to play safely in our neighbourhood? Are there any additional park lands being allocated in the future, including dog parks?

History; In 1996,, the developer of the area, Thomasfield Homes, submitted zoning request for this area to begin construction of our neighborhood. The plan was registered in the late 90's with no consideration or requests for a community center or playing areas for children (ie baseball/soccer). The plan contained certain heritage features such as walking trails, access to river and storm water management area, but no other requests were included for additional park lands. Today, when planning any new subdivision/neighborhood, 5% is allocated for parkland. This did not occur in 1996, when Setter's Grove and Deer Ridge area were established. There is no additional lands available to provide additional parkland space nor build a community center in our neighbourhood. Our board of directors continue to look into other options that may be made available to us.

7) It has been noticed that speed signs are missing in the neigbourhood. Can these get replaced? This will be addressed after construction completion. All signs should be replaced once construction has ended on corner of King and Deer Ridge.

8) My main focus is green space planning.  Our "park" is totally secluded with is the opposite of every other park in the city which leads me to believe it was an afterthought.  Tremaine Park is the centre of its development.  Our park is a safety hazard with no visibility and next to a creek which is now overgrown.  All inquiries pertaining to existing parks, should be addressed to;

9) Is the asphalt on Deer Ridge being replaced? With all the construction that has happened in the last couple of years, the roads have affected and conditions are poor. Please confirm plans to have the asphalt replaced. All inquiries pertaining to existing parks, should be addressed to;

10) We know that the City is installing LED street lights around the city. Do we know when this might happen in the Deer Ridge area? This will be conducted in a phased approach and is a Regional initiative. Timing of the installations across the city have not yet been established.

11) At 100 Deer Ridge Dr, right in front of the community mailboxes, on the road there is a huge cemented water main installation. It is very rough to drive on and many vehicles drive around it. .  This inquiry should be adressed to;

SGCA is requesting at this time:

  • Dedicated Space to conduct association business in lieu of a community centre not available in our neighbourhood. Business plan to be developed by board of directors and submitted to City of Kitchener for consideration.

Next Steps:

  • 2nd meeting with Operations Department to be scheduled for fall, 2016

  • SGCA Board of Directors to establish Scope for our association and publish on our website so that our residents can become familiar with items belonging to City of Kitchener and appropriate contact numbers.

Festival of Neighbourhoods "Newcomers" Award

On October 25, 2009, the City of Kitchener held it's annual Festival of Neighbourhoods Finale at Kitchener City Hall. Thanks to the efforts of the new Social Committee and the board, Settler's Grove Community Association was entered into the awards selection for this year's Neighbourhood Garage Sale and Summer Family BBQ.

We are pleased to announce that Settler's Grove was selected to receive this year's Newcomer Award. We were entered into this draw for hosting a brand new event for our association in 2009. The prize consists of our association name going on a plaque at city hall, a cedar tree, a framed award and $200 to spend on our 2010 events.

The award will be on display at this year's Holiday Celebration event on November 20, 2009.
Come out to see the award, ask questions of our Social Committee and Board and get involved in your neighbourhood!
For more information on the Festival of Neighbourhoods, visit the city's web page.

Spring landscaping work.

Landscaping on Master Court Master Court Island Master Court
As you've probably noticed over the last couple of days, there has been a flurry of landscaping activity in our neighbourhood. Our contracts with Sunshine Ground's Care and Swiss Hills Landscaping has resulted in some dramatic improvements to all of our landscaped areas along the Settlers Grove entrance and the island on Master Court. This work has been long overdue and the Association Board is pleased that we have a chance to improve our surroundings this year.
We would appreciate that you keep children and pets off these landscaped areas. The grass areas have received new topsoil and they have been overseeded. Thanks.

Landscaping maintenance improvements

Settler's Grove maintenance improvements-scheduled for Spring 2009
The board of directors (2008-2009) have been actively addressing all of the landscaping maintenance concerns and much needed repairs. Since, the association started in 1999, there has not been an overall rejuvenation of the area. We feel that this year one of the key objectives the board wants to under take is improve all of the groundcare including trees and shrubs. This undertaking takes much time and effort and due to dependancies that include timing of the project (seasons), and legal restrictions (pesticide use) we were unable to implement any changes during the summer months. We have been meeting with various lawn care companies, the City of Kitchener and local Arborists to discuss our concerns and acquire their recommendations. We are at a point now that we have a good understanding of what needs to be addressed and we have begun reviewing recommendations and estimates. We hope to begin proposed work improvements for the Spring of 2009.

Some of the current areas we are addressing include:

-trees and shrubs along Deer Ridge Drive berms that contain bug disease
-dying trees along sidewalk areas (owned by City of Kitchener)
-dead grass patches through entire areas of neighborhood including Deer Ridge Drive, Master Court and Pioneer Tower Drive
-pruning of all trees and shrubs along Deer Ridge Drive and Master Court
-reseeding of lawn areas on Master Court

We appreciate your patience on this matter.

* Installation of a Settler's Grove entrance rock has been proposed. Pioneer Tower Rd. members to collectivley agree and propose plans.