South Central Public Lands Study recommended options presented to Council

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 – for immediate release

South Central Public Lands Study recommended options presented to Council

Residents encouraged to comment before Council’s decision on April 8

After almost a year of extensive public consultation on the South Central Public Lands Study, recommended future land use options for the Chisholm, Linbrook and Brantwood school sites, as well as the Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital lands were received by Council at last night’s meeting. Council will make a final decision on these options at its April 8, 2013 meeting.

“The focus of the study was to identify the best use of these lands as determined by the needs of the community,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “On behalf of Council, I would like to thank the many residents who have provided valuable input to this study over the last year.”

The staff report summarizes the public process and technical analysis as well as provides the following recommended land use options for each of the four study sites:

Linbrook Public School

Retain the current woodlot and potential playground area
Create a new cul-de-sac off of David Avenue
Include six lots for detached dwellings (including a lot for the heritage schoolhouse to be renovated and reused as a private residence)

Chisholm Public School

Retain the wooded area and slightly enlarge playground area adjacent to Charnwood Park
Add a new cul-de-sac off of Charnwood Drive
Include nine lots for detached dwellings
Connect to the existing walkway from Bonnylyn Court

Brantwood Public School

Potentially reuse the front portion of the school building to front five to nine condo apartment units
Include lots for seven detached dwellings along Douglas Avenue
Relocate the playground to the Douglas Avenue/Palmer Avenue corner of property

Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital

Include a new community centre and park space to be centrally located on property
Possibly retain the parking garage for use by community centre
Possibly retain and integrate the high school building with the new community centre development
Include a mixed residential housing area at the north end of the site with detached dwellings along Allan Street and MacDonald Road; townhomes within the site; and low-rise apartments (maximum four storeys) along Reynolds Street
Possibly include a medical/seniors’ health facility in association with the Mississauga Halton LHIN

The financial implications of the SCPLS recommendations will be considered as part of the 10-year capital budget forecast this summer.

“We are at a critical junction in deciding the best use of these lands and how new development in the area might support the costs associated with these choices such as the building of new community facilities,” added Mayor Burton.

Residents have another opportunity to participate in this discussion before Council makes its final decision. Visit the South Central Public Lands Study page to find out how to send us your comments or how to appear before Council at the April 8 meeting. You will also find the South Central Public Lands Study staff report, the recommended land use options and the March 18 Planning and Development Council meeting video.

The South Central Public Lands Study is one of the studies under Vision 2057: Live It! It was initiated in the spring 2012 to determine the ability to fit any recreational needs established in the final Parks, Recreation and Library Facilities Mast Plan on the sites; identify other public or community needs that may be accommodated on the sites; and define a preferred land use option for each of the sites included in the study. Over the last year, almost 600 residents participated in SCPLS open houses and public meetings.

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.

For more information:

Dana Anderson
Director of Planning Services
Town of Oakville

Mary Jo Milhomens
Senior Communications Advisor
Town of Oakville

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South Central Public Lands Study recommended options presented to Council