Developer suddenly stops sales at Barrhaven subdivision

A developer has suddenly stopped selling homes in a Barrhaven subdivision because of outstanding engineering issues regarding road widening and drainage.

Engineering issues surrounding planned widening of Fallowfield Road and drainage to blame

Sales at a Tartan Homes development in Barrhaven stopped due to construction concerns. 2:00

A developer has suddenly stopped selling homes in a Barrhaven subdivision because of outstanding engineering issues regarding road widening and drainage.

Tartan Homes has stopped the sale of homes at this planned subdivision in Barrhaven due to outstanding engineering concerns. (Andrew Foote/CBC)

Tartan Homes had already sold 22 homes in a planned subdivision that was supposed to include about 400, ranging from townhomes to single-family homes for $600,000.

The site, called Havencrest, lies near the intersection of Fallowfield Road and Strandherd Drive. Tartan first started selling houses there in December 2011, with plans to start building by the fall of 2012.

But the city is widening Fallowfield Road to four lanes, and until planners can determine how the widening will affect elements such as drainage, Tartan says it can't start building and can't give a firm date about when it expects to do so.

"The city found some errors in some work that had been done, that potentially, if we go ahead and build our subdivision in advance of Fallowfield Road being urbanized … could compromise what they need to do in future and cause some problems with their construction schedule and what they need to do," said Pierre Dufresne, Tartan's vice-president of land development.

City hopes to have issues resolved soon

"It's difficult for everybody. We want to build houses and people want to buy them and move into them, and they have schedules in their own lives that are being disrupted," Dufresne said.

City planning officials say there are engineering issues due to the road widening and drainage issues that they hope to have ironed out soon, and have been working on for about five to six months.

"There are some issues that do take time to resolve, and we're slowly working through those and making sure they're resolved properly," said Felice Petti, the city's manager of development review in suburban areas.

"We have to exercise due diligence to make sure future engineering issues don't complicate projects five, 10 and 15 years down the road."

The city and Tartan have scheduled meetings for the next week to try to get the project going, but both sides say there is no guarantee it will happen soon.