Family Day 2018 in #BurlON

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OMB approves Bronte Green application for development of former Saw-Whet Golf Course lands

Thursday, July 6, 2017 – for immediate release

OMB approves Bronte Green application for development of former Saw-Whet Golf Course lands

Decision approves settlement negotiated last fall

The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) has released its decision formally approving the negotiated settlement that was reached between the Town of Oakville, the Region of Halton, Conservation Halton and Bronte Green last fall concerning the development of the lands at 1401 Bronte Road.

“The OMB’s decision to approve the town’s settlement with Bronte Green was the best possible outcome that we could achieve at the OMB,” Mayor Burton said. “In the settlement, Bronte Green agreed to significant concessions to respond to all of the issues raised by the town including protecting green space and addressing key environmental concerns over wildlife and flood protection. While it would have been desirable to preserve all this land, legally that was simply not possible in this case.”

The approved development proposal permits Bronte Green to build a residential community with limited retail, and a mix of single family homes, townhouses and low-rise apartments located on Bronte Road. This proposed transit-friendly community will also include a school, parks and a trail system while preserving sensitive environmental lands that are critical habitat to endangered and other species of wildlife.

The town had opposed the original Bronte Green application as being premature and not in the public interest. This position was based on serious concerns with the draft plan and the underlying technical studies. The town engaged a team of 15 witnesses representing a variety of scientific and planning disciplines to put forth its case.

Following extensive negotiations, Bronte Green made significant changes to its original development proposal to reflect the concerns raised by the Town of Oakville, Region of Halton, Conservation Halton and the community. These changes included:

Dedicating a significant parcel of land to enhance the woodlands
Creating a high value habitat for species including snapping turtles.
Increasing the size of the buffer around the natural features from 10 to 30 metres in order to better protect the natural heritage system from the impacts of development and to reduce flood and erosion impacts.
Constructing storm water management systems which insure that there will be no additional risk of downstream flooding.
Removing the vehicular bridge previously proposed over the Fourteen Mile Creek which posed a threat to endangered species of fish.
Securing a permanent natural heritage linkage to Bronte Creek Provincial Park.
Reserving an elementary school site adjacent to a centrally located neighbourhood park.
Increasing density on portions of the site to support transit-friendly development along Bronte Road, and preserve more parkland

For more information visit the Bronte Green Corporation development application page.


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Councillor Adams appointed chair of 2018 Budget Committee

Town plans for continued inflation level tax increases

At the inaugural 2018 Budget Committee meeting on June 26, 2017, Councillor Tom Adams was appointed as Oakville’s budget chair for the tenth consecutive year. Councillor Adams holds his Master’s in Business Administration from McMaster University and is a former senior risk manager to one of Canada’s major financial institutions.

Oakville is committed to offering valued services and programs to residents and making strategic investments in community priorities. Each year the town’s budget is one of the most important tasks facing Town Council, who have directed staff to prepare a budget that keeps the overall tax increase in line with inflation. The target for 2018 has been set at an overall property tax increase of 1.8 per cent, including the town, Regional and educational shares of the property tax bill.

Key budget pressures outlined by Nancy Sully, deputy treasurer and director, Financial Planning, include $1.4 million to implement the increased minimum wage announced recently by the Province, and $1.3 million in costs related to growth in the town including the operation of new transit vehicles, the cost to maintain new parks and roads, as well as costs associated with operating the new Trafalgar Park Community Centre (redeveloped Oakville Arena) and a proposed library.

The town will be looking at transforming the way services are delivered in order to respond to budget pressures in 2019 and 2020 relating to Trafalgar Park and the opening of the Southeast Community Centre (on the former hospital lands), a new fire station in Palermo, as well as other funding needs. Council has directed staff to keep overall property tax increases in line with inflation in both 2019 and 2020.

“The town is at the point where we must move beyond simple cost containment measures to keep tax increases at the rate of inflation in future years,” said CAO Ray Green. “Council, staff and the community will need to work together to set priorities, and look for opportunities to transform the way we deliver services.”

Green recommended a comprehensive reshaping of the organization that will enable the town to meet the overall budget target set by Council and create a longer-term vision for the financial sustainability of town operations.

“Oakville is recognized as having the healthiest finances in Ontario, and keeping those finances strong and secure is a key part of Council’s vision to make Oakville the most livable town in Canada,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “Staff have made us aware of potential pressures on the horizon, and recommended we take proactive steps to address them. We are confident that taking early action will help assure the long-term health of Oakville’s finances.”

Staff noted that the 2018 budget documents would be released on November 21, 2017. Staff will present the Budget Committee with an overview of the proposed 2018 operating and capital budgets, including opportunities for potential savings or increased revenues. The Budget Committee will hear input from pubic delegations before making a recommendation on December 12, 2017 to Council. Final Council approval of the operating and capital budgets is scheduled for December 18, 2017.

“Our key focus for this budget is to meet our goal of keeping overall property tax increases in line with inflation, while building and renewing infrastructure and maintaining high quality services for the community,” Councillor Adams said. “Public input is a critical piece of our annual budget process and I look forward to engaging with residents over the next few months.”

For more information, access the staff report included in the June 26, 2017 Budget Committee meeting agenda or visit the 2018 Budget page.


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Oakville Children’s Festival moves to QEPCCC due to flooding

Thursday, May 18, 2017 – for immediate release

Oakville Children’s Festival moves to QEPCCC due to flooding

High water levels also impacting event permits for lakeside parks

As a result of rising lake levels and ongoing flooding at Coronation Park, the Town of Oakville is relocating the 2017 Oakville Children’s Festival to the grounds of the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC) on Sunday, July 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We don’t expect lake levels to recede until mid-summer which means Coronation Park will likely experience more flooding in the coming weeks,” said Sarah Douglas-Murray, senior manager of Cultural Services. “Unfortunately there is not enough dry space in the park to accommodate all the festival activities and we’ve determined that QEPCCC offers the best alternative location.”

The move to QEPCCC, located at 2302 Bridge Road, will not impact the Oakville Children’s Festival line-up of free entertainment designed to encourage children and families to explore and discover arts and culture. All the event details including special guests, performances and activities will be announced early next week.

Wet conditions in Coronation Park, Bronte Heritage Park, Lions Valley Park and Gairloch Gardens have also impacted permitted events booked over the next few weeks such as wedding photo shoots and picnics. Town staff are working with permit holders to reschedule or relocate their events. While lakefront parks remain open and accessible to the public, some areas are cordoned off with caution tape or fencing due to ponding water and saturated ground conditions.

Canada Day celebrations will remain in Bronte Heritage Park. The town is working with the Bronte Business Improvement Association to make any necessary adjustments to activities that may be impacted by further flooding.

Residents are encouraged to our Oakville Children’s Festival page for the latest updates on closures or contact ServiceOakville at 905-845-6601 or ServiceOakville@oakville.ca.


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Town achieves highest standard in performance data collection

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 – for immediate release

Town achieves highest standard in performance data collection

ISO 37120 Platinum certification reflects commitment to transparency and innovation

Oakville joins the ranks of cities across the globe after receiving the prestigious ISO 37120 platinum certification, the world’s first international standard for sustainable cities, from the World Council on City Data (WCCD). Oakville is the fourth Ontario municipality to receive this designation, and is the first International Organization of Standardization (ISO) achievement for the town.

“This certification is a significant achievement for Oakville that reflects Council’s commitment to innovation and transparency as we work to create Canada’s most livable town,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Our involvement with the WCCD will help us measure how well we’re meeting the needs of our citizens, track our progress over time and benchmark our performance against other world-class cities.”

ISO 37120 Sustainable Development of Communities: Indicators for City Services and Quality of Life is comprised of 100 performance indicators that track a city’s progress in delivering services and ensuring quality of life for its community. Platinum certification acknowledges that the town has achieved the highest standard in data collection and research to drive the delivery of high quality programs and services to the community.

As a global leader on standardized metrics, the WCCD manages the ISO 37120 certification system and Global Cities Registry that hosts data from approximately 40 cities around the world, to enable a municipality and its residents to compare its social, economic and environmental performance in relation to other cities. Data now available shows that Oakville is leading the way in areas including the number of higher education degrees per 100,000 population (about one in two citizens has a higher education degree), total electrical energy use per capita (Oakville is one of the most efficient communities) and total number of bike paths/lanes per 100,000 population (among the highest of cities worldwide).

There is a wide range of certification levels offered by the WCCD for cities to aspire to and levels are based on the number of indicators reported by the city. To achieve platinum certification, the highest level, the town provided data on over 90 indicators that was validated through a third-party verification process.

During her presentation to Council, Dr. Patricia McCarney, president and CEO of World Council on City Data, commended the town’s commitment open data and efforts to pursue certification. “It is my pleasure to welcome the Town of Oakville to the World Council on City Data as an ISO 37120 platinum certified municipality. The dedication of Mayor Burton, Town Council and staff to open, standardized and comparable city data will help to increase the quality of life for all citizens while driving evidence-based decision making and data driven solutions. The town stands out in Canada and globally as a leader in working to create a more smart, sustainable, resilient, inclusive and prosperous future for its residents.”

Quick Facts

The WCCD was founded in 2014 – ISO 37120 was piloted by 20 WCCD Foundation Cities throughout the world
Based on eight years of development by the Global City Indicators Facility and later the Global Cities Institute at the University of Toronto
ISO 37120 is the first ISO standard on cities
Comprises 100 indicators (54 core, 46 supporting) around 17 themes on city sustainability and quality of life

To view Oakville’s data and to learn more about ISO 37120, visit the World Council on City Data website. To learn more about the town’s commitment to open data, visit our Open Data page..


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Settlement Reached in OMB Case with Bronte Green

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 – for immediate release

Settlement Reached in OMB Case with Bronte Green

Almost 85 hectares of Merton Lands to be protected as natural heritage system

The town has reached a settlement with Bronte Green over its development proposal for 1401 Bronte Road that includes significant concessions from Bronte Green to respond to concerns raised by the town and the public. The revised plan represents a significant change from the original proposal for the property by protecting over 10 hectares of green space and addressing key environmental concerns over wildlife protection. This is 4.25 hectares more than the original plan. The settlement must still be approved by the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).

“The settlement reflects Council’s commitment to protect environmentally sensitive lands across Oakville,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton. “This was a victory for the town on every issue before the OMB. We have saved 80 per cent of the Merton Lands.”

The settlement permits Bronte Green to build a residential community with limited retail, and a mix of single family homes, townhouses and low-rise apartments located on Bronte Road. This proposed transit-friendly community will also include a school, parks and a trail system while preserving sensitive environmental lands that are critical habitat to endangered and other species of wildlife.

Bronte Green made significant changes to its original development proposal to reflect town and community concerns.

As a result of the settlement, Bronte Green will:

Dedicate a significant parcel of land to enhance the woodlands.
Create a high value habitat for species including snapping turtles.
Increase the size of the buffer around the natural features from 10 metres to 30 metres in order to better protect the natural heritage system from the impacts of development and to reduce flood and erosion impacts.
Construct storm water management systems which insure that there will be no additional risk of downstream flooding.
Remove the vehicular bridge previously proposed over the Fourteen Mile Creek which posed a threat to endangered species of fish.
Secure a permanent natural heritage linkage to Bronte Creek Provincial Park.
Reserve an elementary school site adjacent to a centrally located neighbourhood park.

The settlement has been endorsed by the Region of Halton, Conservation Authority and the Halton District School Board.

The OMB began hearing evidence on the settlement on Monday, November 14, 2016 and will continue to hear from other parties and participants on scheduled dates over the next two weeks.

For more information, please visit the Bronte Green Corporation – 1401 Bronte Road development application page.


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Oakville Council to introduce new ward boundaries and increase Council size

Thursday, November 3, 2016 – for immediate release

Oakville Council to introduce new ward boundaries and increase Council size

By-laws will be considered at the November 14, 2016 Council meeting

At its upcoming meeting on November 14, Council will review proposed By-law 2016-109, a by-law to increase Oakville’s ward boundaries from six to seven, with adjustments to be made to all existing ward boundaries, except Ward 3. The new Ward 7 captures neighbourhoods north of Dundas Street with Burlington as the boundary to the west, and Eighth Line as the boundary to the east. Council will also review proposed By-law 2016-110, to increase the size of Town Council from its current composition of 13 (12 councillors, plus Mayor) to 15 (14 councillors, plus Mayor). If approved, these changes will be in place for the 2018 municipal election.

“The proposed changes to the town’s ward system are focused on Council’s commitment to ensure fair and effective representation for our residents both at the local and regional levels,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “As Oakville’s population continues to grow, expanding our wards is the right thing to do for our community.”

Residents are encouraged to review the proposed seven-ward boundary map by visiting the Ward Boundary page. Questions and comments can be sent to the Clerk’s department by emailing wardboundary@oakville.ca or by mail to:

Town of Oakville – Clerk’s department
1225 Trafalgar Road
Oakville ON L6H 0H3


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Council supports regional by-law to increase Halton Regional Council size

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 – for immediate release

Council supports regional by-law to increase Halton Regional Council size

Council passed a resolution on September 20, 2016, in support of the recently approved Region of Halton By-law 69-16, a by-law to change the size and composition of Halton Regional Council by increasing regional representation for the Town of Oakville and the Town of Milton.

Approval for regional representation changes requires satisfaction of the “triple majority” criteria as outlined in the Municipal Act. This means that a majority of Regional Council plus a majority of the lower-tier councils (Oakville, Burlington, Halton Hills, and Milton) must pass a resolution providing consent to Halton Region By-law 69-16.

“Council has made a prudent decision in passing this resolution,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Expanding Oakville’s ward boundary system is essential to ensure Oakville’s growing population has fair, effective representation in Town Hall and at the Region.”

At its May 30, 2016 meeting, Council unanimously voted to move forward on changing the town’s ward boundary system, pending an increase to Regional Council’s representation. Currently there are six wards in Oakville, with one local and one regional Councillor per ward, reflecting a Town Council of 12 Councillors plus Mayor. An additional Regional Council seat for Oakville means the town’s wards will increase from six to seven and change Council’s composition from 12 to 14 Councillors plus Mayor. To accommodate the new seventh ward, adjustments will be made to all existing ward boundaries, with the exception of Ward 3, with the new boundaries to be used for the 2018 municipal election.

A report and by-laws to establish the new ward boundaries and increase the size of Town Council will go forward to Council for final approval later this fall.

Residents are invited to review the new ward boundary map by visiting the Ward Boundary page. Questions or comments can be sent to the Clerk’s department via email at wardboundary@oakville.ca or by mail to:

Town of Oakville – Clerk’s department
1225 Trafalgar Road
Oakville ON L6H 0H3

For more information, access the staff report included in the September 19, 2016 Council meeting agenda.


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Cultural Plan sets the stage for culture to grow and evolve in Oakville

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 – for immediate release

Cultural Plan sets the stage for culture to grow and evolve in Oakville

Council approves Cultural Plan 2016-2021 that will target all corners of the community

Over the next five years Oakville’s arts and culture scene will become even more vibrant and exciting thanks to an updated Cultural Plan that was approved by Council at the April 4, 2016, Council meeting.

“The town is both a provider and a supporter of cultural programs and services that make Oakville a great place to live. Our Cultural Plan sets a clear direction for how we will ensure creativity and culture continue to grow and evolve throughout the community,” Mayor Rob Burton said.

The Cultural Plan 2016-2021 builds on the significant progress of the original plan developed in 2009 and expands on its vision of creating a community where culture inspires, engages and thrives. The updated plan will see the town implement several key initiatives including developing a public art strategy, creating new programs to engage the community, developing public sector partnerships and increasing private sector engagement to support the arts in Oakville.

“This plan identifies that culture simply means people expressing their creativity and heritage,” said Nina de Vaal, director of Recreation and Culture. “We’re very excited to reach out to all corners of the community with this broader, more inclusive definition of culture that encourages everyone to express themselves in a way that benefits their community.”

The town retained Webb Management Services Inc. to update the Cultural Plan in consultation with an external focus group of stakeholders and based on input gathered through public meetings and an online survey. The updated Cultural Plan sets out the following eight recommendations, each with a set of supporting initiatives:

Reach and engage the whole community.
Develop a public art program.
Leverage the corporate art collection to engage the wider community.
Invest in “cultural anchors” that provide and support creativity in the community.
Develop public sector partnerships.
Increase private sector engagement and partnerships to support the arts in Oakville.
Ensure arts and culture are in more facilities throughout the town.
Consider how arts and culture can help achieve broader town goals by applying a “Cultural Lens” approach to all projects and programs.

Staff will begin implementing the plan’s recommendations in 2016 using current staffing and budget. Future funding and staffing requests will be deferred to the 2017 budget process.

The town also continues to work on the Downtown Cultural Hub (DCH) which is exploring opportunities to create cultural and performing arts spaces and new riverfront park that will become the cultural, social, and economic heart of the community. Staff is undertaking further research and public consultation on these potential DCH opportunities before reporting back to Council later this year.

The DCH, along with the Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study make up the town’s exciting Downtown Plan which aims to create an attractive, active, animated and vibrant downtown that will bring people together while maintaining the beautiful historic downtown streetscape.

For more information or to review the complete Cultural Plan 2016-2021, visit the Cultural Plan page.


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