Community input sought for next steps in Oakville’s Ward Boundary Review

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 – for immediate release

Community input sought for next steps in Oakville’s Ward Boundary Review

Public information sessions scheduled for March 22 and 27

The Town of Oakville will be seeking input from residents at two public information sessions on Thursday, March 22 and Tuesday, March 27 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. Several ward boundary options will be presented at the meetings and feedback from the public will be requested.

“The ward boundary review will determine how future ward boundaries are designed to ensure that all residents and businesses are represented on Council through an effective and equitable system,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “We value public opinion and gathering feedback is a critical step in the review process. I encourage all residents to come out and participate.”

During a special meeting of Council on February 21, three guiding principles for the review were prioritized: one, effective representation; two, the protection of communities of interest and neighbourhoods; and three, consideration of physical features as natural boundaries.

Council also confirmed that the federal numerical standard of 25 per cent is an acceptable percentage variation in population size among the wards and that Sixteen Mile Creek and Trafalgar Road be recognized as ward boundaries, where possible. Finally, Council resolved not to restrict options for determining the northern boundary of the south Oakville wards to maintain flexibility.

Oakville’s current wards vary significantly in population size. Expected growth will further increase these discrepancies, particularly in new communities in north Oakville. As a result, a ward boundary review was launched last fall.

For further information regarding the ward boundary review, please visit the Ward Boundary Review page.

Dr. Robert J. Williams, professor emeritus of Political Science at the University of Waterloo, is leading the town’s consultation process. His final report, with recommendations for Council’s consideration, will be presented on May 7, 2012.

The final determination of Oakville’s ward boundaries will be implemented for the 2014 municipal election.

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For more information contact

Kim Galione
Election and Special Projects Manager
905-815-6030
kgalione@oakville.ca

Kimberly Moser
Senior Communications Advisor
905-845-6601, ext. 3096
kmoser@oakville.ca


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Community input sought for next steps in Oakville’s Ward Boundary Review