Approved plan sets path for renewed downtown

Downtown Oakville Strategic Action Plan will guide change to 2030

Last night, Council approved an innovative strategic action plan that will guide the future of downtown Oakville over the next 20 years. The Downtown Oakville Strategic Action Plan outlines opportunities to develop and further enhance Oakville’s downtown as a sustainable, well-designed and accessible area while protecting its unique historic character.

“Today we are one step closer to achieving our vision of being the most livable town in Canada,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Council, staff, residents and the business community have worked together over the last year to ensure downtown Oakville had a strategic action plan that addresses a number of issues from transportation and accessibility to retail and cultural heritage. The town will work with all community partners to ensure downtown Oakville realizes its full potential as a vibrant destination for both residents and visitors.”

The Downtown Oakville Strategic Action Plan confirms the vision for downtown identified in the Livable Oakville Plan, and outlines through twelve strategic initiatives, how the town and key stakeholders will address critical factors including cultural heritage, urban design and streetscape, public facilities, economics, transportation, and sustainability.

Some of the key projects include:

Planning to revitalize the Centennial Square facilities (Central Library, Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts and Centennial Pool) as a mixed-use culture hub and major open space feature
Undertaking the process to designate downtown Oakville as a heritage conservation district
Evaluating transportation, mobility and accessibility elements and recommending improvements
Reviewing the role and function of municipal cultural facilities and activities in downtown
Evaluating future options for the Post Office site on Church Street

Ward 3 Councillors Mary Chapin and Keith Bird delivered strong support for the plan and words of enthusiasm.

“The Downtown Oakville Strategic Action Plan gives shape to downtown Oakville’s future, and balances the priorities of businesses and residents to ensure the area remains vibrant and livable for everyone,” said Councillor Chapin.

“This is a plan the community can really take ownership of, having given solid input to the town at workshops and meetings throughout the spring,” Councillor Bird added.

During the public engagement process for the Livable Oakville Plan, ways to improve downtown Oakville were consistently at the forefront of conversations with the community, town staff and Council. As a result, a Downtown Oakville Strategic Review was launched in July 2009 which included six months of consultation, research and community collaboration with diverse stakeholder groups, including business and resident associations, property owners, councillors and the public. Over 100 participants representing nearly 30 interest groups participated in the process, and 48 property owners in the study area responded to a confidential on-line survey.

“The Downtown Oakville Strategic Action Plan will fulfill community aspirations for this important area of town,” said Dana Anderson, director of Planning Services. “From the beginning each step has been supported by dedicated and involved stakeholder groups, and we look forward to working with them as we move ahead with this important action plan for the town.”

Details on the plan can be found on the Downtown Oakville Strategic Action Plan web page.

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Media contact:

Dana Anderson
Director, Planning Services
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 6020
danderson@oakville.ca          

Gisèle Shaw
Manager, Corporate Communications
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3166
gshaw@oakville.ca


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Approved plan sets path for renewed downtown