Council seeks public input on Switching Gears — draft Transportation Master Plan

Friday, July 06, 2012 – for immediate release

Council seeks public input on Switching Gears — draft Transportation Master Plan

Public invited to review draft plan until September 26, 2012

Tuesday night Council approved in principle, Switching Gears — the forward-thinking draft update of the Transportation Master Plan that will guide the town’s transportation needs through to 2031. Whether by foot, bike, bus or car, Switching Gears will offer innovative strategies, policies and tools to boldly transform Oakville’s transportation network. More importantly, it challenges the public to rethink their current travel behaviours for more sustainable options.

“Switching Gears will offer an exceptionally detailed level of integration between land use and transportation planning,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Now it’s time for the public to tell us what they think, and how this plan can move us closer to being the most livable town in Canada.”

Council has increased the regulated review and comment period from 30 to 75 days allowing extra time for the pubic to review the draft plan and submit comments up to September 26, 2012. The draft plan is now available on the Switching Gears page or in hard copy, starting July 11, at Town Hall and Central Library.

Creating a more sustainable transportation network over the next 20 years will come at a cost. Council has directed staff to develop a financial plan, based on the current draft, for the implementation of Switching Gears including a review of development charges, public/private partnerships, federal and provincial government assistance in order to minimize the impact to the local tax base.

The financial implications to implement recommendations of Switching Gears will be reviewed and refined as part of the ongoing Development Charges By-law Update initiative and 2013 budget process. Oakville’s net costs can only be established once contribution levels from other funding sources have been established. Growth related funding for transportation is and will continue to be a challenge for municipalities.

Highlights of the draft plan include creation of a more sustainable transportation network, focus on road networks improvements, expansion of transit services and integration of urban design standards.

Switching Gears is one of several Vision 2057 master plans that together with other key planning initiatives, will create a path to a more livable and sustainable Oakville.

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Media contact

David Bloomer
Commissioner, Infrastructure and Transportation Services
905-845-6601, ext. 3300
dbloomer@oakville.ca


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Council seeks public input on Switching Gears — draft Transportation Master Plan