Council provides important direction for next steps in ward boundary review

Two additional public information sessions scheduled for March 22 and 27

Five important elements of Oakville’s ward boundary review were confirmed at a special meeting of Council on Tuesday night. Council provided feedback to Dr. Robert J. Williams, the consultant leading the review, to enable further analysis of the ward boundary options.

Council confirmed the federal numerical standard of 25 per cent as an acceptable percentage variation in population size among the wards. Council also determined that, where possible, Sixteen Mile Creek and Trafalgar Road be recognized as ward boundaries.

To establish boundaries between northern and southern wards, Council requested that options not be restricted to either the Queen Elizabeth Way or Upper Middle Road to ensure that the boundary determination is flexible.

Council also ranked its ward boundary evaluation criteria in the following order: one, effective representation; two, protection of communities of interest and neighbourhoods; three, consideration of physical features as natural boundaries.

Finally, having established these directions, Council requested that a number of further map options be presented when Dr. Williams submits his final report on Oakville’s ward boundary review to Council on May 7, 2012.

“Council is pleased with the progress we’ve made so far in the ward boundary review,” Oakville Mayor Rob Burton said. “As the process continues, all of Council looks forward to, and encourages, additional input and participation from residents.”

To date, public feedback has been obtained through email, an online survey, and two public information sessions. An opportunity for further public input will be provided next month with information sessions scheduled for 7 p.m. at Town Hall on March 22 and 27.

Oakville’s current wards vary significantly in population size. Expected growth, particularly in new communities in north Oakville, will further increase these discrepancies. Last year, the town launched a ward boundary review to determine how future ward boundaries should be designated to ensure all residents and businesses are equally and effectively represented.

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

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


For more information contact:

Kim Galione
Election and Special Projects Manager

Kimberly Moser
Senior Communications Advisor
905-845-6601, ext. 3096

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Council provides important direction for next steps in ward boundary review