Council receives terms of reference for South Central Public Lands Study

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 – for immediate release

Council receives terms of reference for South Central Public Lands Study

Public consultation to begin later this spring

Last night, Council received a detailed terms of reference for the South Central Public Lands Study. With the terms of reference in place, the town can now consult the public and its key stakeholders about the study to determine the most appropriate land uses for potential surplus sites south of the QEW.

“There are a number of unique sites within south Oakville that will require more detailed examination and consideration,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Existing facilities, changing demographics and the impact of recent planning documents and new legislation will all have a significant impact on our next steps. This is why public consultation is so important.”

With limited opportunities to accommodate public uses and meet community needs in developed areas such as south central Oakville, a comprehensive land use study is required to develop evaluation criteria for all potential sites, and assess various land use options for each site. In addition, the town’s Parks, Recreation and Library Facilities Master Plan (PRLFMP) which addresses Oakville’s current and future parks, recreation and library infrastructure needs, has identified an opportunity for a smaller-scale community centre south of the QEW.

The South Central Public Lands Study will be rolled out in five phases over the next several months. The first phase, scheduled to begin this spring, will see staff assessing candidate sites south of the QEW based on community needs and to accommodate the PRLFMP study. Facilities and sites being evaluated include the Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital lands, and surplus schools (Linbrook, Chisholm, Brantwood) in southeast Oakville. The Oakville Arena and surrounding Trafalgar Park are also identified for the study although not considered surplus sites. Additional sites may also be recommended as part of the PRLFMP consultation process.

Public feedback will play a significant role in the study. Broad-based consultation through workshops, as well as targeted consultation with stakeholders will take place this spring and fall. Community input into the PRLFMP study will also be taken into consideration. In addition, a Council Sub-Committee made up of the Mayor and Members of Council from Wards 2 and 3, has been established to advise and provide input to staff on the content, options and public input process.

A recommendation report will go before Council at the end of the year. The South Central Public Lands Study is one of the studies under Vision 2057: Live It! The Vision 2057 master plans, together with other key planning initiatives will create a more livable and sustainable Oakville. For more information visit the Vision 2057 page.

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Media contact:

Diane Childs
Manager, Long Range Planning
905-845-6601, ext. 3986
dchilds@oakville.ca

Mary Jo Milhomens
Senior Communications Advisor
905-338-4244
mmilhomens@oakville.ca


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