Public input into potential options sought for ward boundary review

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 – for immediate release

Public input into potential options sought for ward boundary review

Special Council meeting scheduled for February 21

The special meeting of Council on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall will focus on two questions: what is an acceptable percentage variation in population size among the wards, and how many new ward design options should be brought forward as part of the consultant’s final report on Oakville’s ward boundary review.

“Council authorized the review because the size of our wards has become so lopsided,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “The largest ward has more than twice the population of the smallest.”

To date, public feedback has been obtained through email, an online survey and two public information sessions. Two additional public information sessions will be scheduled in March or April. Public delegations will be welcome at the special meeting of Council, added Mayor Burton.

Dr. Robert J. Williams, professor emeritus of Political Science at the University of Waterloo, is leading the town’s consultation process. He will present a final report with recommendations for Council’s consideration in May. The final determination of Oakville’s ward boundaries will be implemented in time for the 2014 municipal election.

Oakville’s existing wards vary significantly in population. Expected growth, particularly in the new communities in North Oakville, will further increase these discrepancies. In 2011, the town launched a ward boundary review to determine how future ward boundaries should be designated so residents and businesses are equally and effectively represented on Council.

For further information visit the Ward Boundary Review page.

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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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