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#BurlON – Week of Oct 12-19th

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OMB approves Bronte Green application for development of former Saw-Whet Golf Course lands

Thursday, July 6, 2017 – for immediate release

OMB approves Bronte Green application for development of former Saw-Whet Golf Course lands

Decision approves settlement negotiated last fall

The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) has released its decision formally approving the negotiated settlement that was reached between the Town of Oakville, the Region of Halton, Conservation Halton and Bronte Green last fall concerning the development of the lands at 1401 Bronte Road.

“The OMB’s decision to approve the town’s settlement with Bronte Green was the best possible outcome that we could achieve at the OMB,” Mayor Burton said. “In the settlement, Bronte Green agreed to significant concessions to respond to all of the issues raised by the town including protecting green space and addressing key environmental concerns over wildlife and flood protection. While it would have been desirable to preserve all this land, legally that was simply not possible in this case.”

The approved development proposal permits Bronte Green to build a residential community with limited retail, and a mix of single family homes, townhouses and low-rise apartments located on Bronte Road. This proposed transit-friendly community will also include a school, parks and a trail system while preserving sensitive environmental lands that are critical habitat to endangered and other species of wildlife.

The town had opposed the original Bronte Green application as being premature and not in the public interest. This position was based on serious concerns with the draft plan and the underlying technical studies. The town engaged a team of 15 witnesses representing a variety of scientific and planning disciplines to put forth its case.

Following extensive negotiations, Bronte Green made significant changes to its original development proposal to reflect the concerns raised by the Town of Oakville, Region of Halton, Conservation Halton and the community. These changes included:

Dedicating a significant parcel of land to enhance the woodlands
Creating a high value habitat for species including snapping turtles.
Increasing the size of the buffer around the natural features from 10 to 30 metres in order to better protect the natural heritage system from the impacts of development and to reduce flood and erosion impacts.
Constructing storm water management systems which insure that there will be no additional risk of downstream flooding.
Removing the vehicular bridge previously proposed over the Fourteen Mile Creek which posed a threat to endangered species of fish.
Securing a permanent natural heritage linkage to Bronte Creek Provincial Park.
Reserving an elementary school site adjacent to a centrally located neighbourhood park.
Increasing density on portions of the site to support transit-friendly development along Bronte Road, and preserve more parkland

For more information visit the Bronte Green Corporation development application page.


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Oakville Children’s Festival moves to QEPCCC due to flooding

Thursday, May 18, 2017 – for immediate release

Oakville Children’s Festival moves to QEPCCC due to flooding

High water levels also impacting event permits for lakeside parks

As a result of rising lake levels and ongoing flooding at Coronation Park, the Town of Oakville is relocating the 2017 Oakville Children’s Festival to the grounds of the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC) on Sunday, July 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We don’t expect lake levels to recede until mid-summer which means Coronation Park will likely experience more flooding in the coming weeks,” said Sarah Douglas-Murray, senior manager of Cultural Services. “Unfortunately there is not enough dry space in the park to accommodate all the festival activities and we’ve determined that QEPCCC offers the best alternative location.”

The move to QEPCCC, located at 2302 Bridge Road, will not impact the Oakville Children’s Festival line-up of free entertainment designed to encourage children and families to explore and discover arts and culture. All the event details including special guests, performances and activities will be announced early next week.

Wet conditions in Coronation Park, Bronte Heritage Park, Lions Valley Park and Gairloch Gardens have also impacted permitted events booked over the next few weeks such as wedding photo shoots and picnics. Town staff are working with permit holders to reschedule or relocate their events. While lakefront parks remain open and accessible to the public, some areas are cordoned off with caution tape or fencing due to ponding water and saturated ground conditions.

Canada Day celebrations will remain in Bronte Heritage Park. The town is working with the Bronte Business Improvement Association to make any necessary adjustments to activities that may be impacted by further flooding.

Residents are encouraged to our Oakville Children’s Festival page for the latest updates on closures or contact ServiceOakville at 905-845-6601 or ServiceOakville@oakville.ca.


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Town urges residents to use caution around waterfront

Thursday, May 11, 2017 – for immediate release

Town urges residents to use caution around waterfront

Lake Ontario levels continue to rise with more rain expected this weekend

Lake Ontario levels continue to rise and with more rain expected this weekend, the Town of Oakville is urging residents to use caution around Oakville and Bronte Harbours.

“It’s extremely important for residents to be very careful if they are near the lake when the levels are so high,” said Andy Glynn, deputy fire chief with the Oakville Fire Department. “In some areas the elevated water combined with wave activity and power boat wakes is eroding the shoreline and creating slippery and dangerous conditions.”

Staff continue to inspect the harbours as well as lakefront parks and trails on a daily basis and some areas remain cordoned off due to safety concerns. Large areas of both harbours have been sandbagged due to water overtopping seawalls and staff are ensuring that piers are closed when wind and waves may create unsafe conditions.

Lake levels are currently much higher than normal and will likely continue to rise over the next few days. This will cause flooding in nearby low lying areas along Lake Ontario.

If water threatens to flood structures or roadways, please contact ServiceOakville at 905-845-6601 or ServiceOakville@oakville.ca.


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Trail projects honouring Indigenous heritage receive Canada 150 funding from Oakville Community Foundation

Thursday, January 26, 2017 – for immediate release

Trail projects honouring Indigenous heritage receive Canada 150 funding from Oakville Community Foundation

Three trail projects honouring Oakville’s rich Indigenous heritage will receive a total of $40,450 in funding from Oakville Community Foundation’s Community Fund for Canada’s 150.

The funding will go towards the addition of a First Nations information station on the Bronte Creek Heritage Trail as well as the creation of two Moccasin Trails – one on the Bronte Creek Heritage Trail and the other on the Inner Valley Trail portion of the Sixteen Mile Creek Trail. The Moccasin Trails will feature a series of 13 plaques containing aboriginal stories, verses and information relating to the land, water and sky, giving visitors a deeper understanding of aboriginal heritage. Content for the information booth and plaques will be developed in partnership with the Mississauga’s of the New Credit First Nation and Indigenous community members.

“Receiving this funding will not only help us commemorate Canada’s 150th – it will also allow us to honour the beginning of the Truth and Reconciliation Process in partnership with Indigenous members of our community,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “We’re very much looking forward to sharing this important part of our history and culture through these exciting trail projects.”

The trail projects are expected to be complete by late fall 2017.

The Community Fund for Canada’s 150 is part of a national program developed by Community Foundations of Canada in partnership with the federal government that seeks to inspire a deeper understanding of our nation and encourage broad and inclusive participation in a wide range of initiatives marking the country’s sesquicentennial anniversary of Confederation. For more information, visit the Oakville Community Foundation website.


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Council approves Fire Master Plan

Monday, November 21, 2016 – for immediate release

Council approves Fire Master Plan

On November 14, 2016, Council approved a Fire Master Plan that will ensure Oakville’s fire services will meet the future needs of the growing community. The plan will guide the delivery of fire protection and emergency services over the next ten and fifteen years.

“The safety of our community is of utmost importance,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “With this plan in place, residents can be assured that the Oakville Fire department will continue to provide an exceptional level of service as our community expands.”

The Fire Master Plan includes an assessment of all operations and divisions within the Oakville Fire department including fire stations and trucks, staffing, apparatus and equipment, fire prevention and public education programs, communications and emergency planning.

Included in the plan’s 43 recommendations is the addition of a new station (Station 8) near the intersection of Bronte Road and Pine Glen Road and the future relocation of Station 9 from its current location on Neyagawa Boulevard closer to the intersection of Burnhamthorpe Road and Sixth Line. These recommendations are aimed at addressing the growth of new neighbourhoods in North Oakville as well as increased development in existing areas of town.

The Fire Master Plan was developed based on stakeholder and public input, community needs as well as current research and best practice. It includes strategies and recommendations that are consistent with the master planning processes outlined by the Office of the Fire Marshal and the Emergency Management, Ontario (OFMEM).

“Our focus is reducing fires and safety risks by optimizing three lines of defense – public education and prevention, safety standards and enforcement and emergency response,” said Fire Chief, Brian Durdin. “It’s a proactive strategy that helps keep the community safe, and helps manage the cost of fire suppression services.”

For more information, visit the Fire Master Plan page.


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Settlement Reached in OMB Case with Bronte Green

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 – for immediate release

Settlement Reached in OMB Case with Bronte Green

Almost 85 hectares of Merton Lands to be protected as natural heritage system

The town has reached a settlement with Bronte Green over its development proposal for 1401 Bronte Road that includes significant concessions from Bronte Green to respond to concerns raised by the town and the public. The revised plan represents a significant change from the original proposal for the property by protecting over 10 hectares of green space and addressing key environmental concerns over wildlife protection. This is 4.25 hectares more than the original plan. The settlement must still be approved by the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).

“The settlement reflects Council’s commitment to protect environmentally sensitive lands across Oakville,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton. “This was a victory for the town on every issue before the OMB. We have saved 80 per cent of the Merton Lands.”

The settlement permits Bronte Green to build a residential community with limited retail, and a mix of single family homes, townhouses and low-rise apartments located on Bronte Road. This proposed transit-friendly community will also include a school, parks and a trail system while preserving sensitive environmental lands that are critical habitat to endangered and other species of wildlife.

Bronte Green made significant changes to its original development proposal to reflect town and community concerns.

As a result of the settlement, Bronte Green will:

Dedicate a significant parcel of land to enhance the woodlands.
Create a high value habitat for species including snapping turtles.
Increase the size of the buffer around the natural features from 10 metres to 30 metres in order to better protect the natural heritage system from the impacts of development and to reduce flood and erosion impacts.
Construct storm water management systems which insure that there will be no additional risk of downstream flooding.
Remove the vehicular bridge previously proposed over the Fourteen Mile Creek which posed a threat to endangered species of fish.
Secure a permanent natural heritage linkage to Bronte Creek Provincial Park.
Reserve an elementary school site adjacent to a centrally located neighbourhood park.

The settlement has been endorsed by the Region of Halton, Conservation Authority and the Halton District School Board.

The OMB began hearing evidence on the settlement on Monday, November 14, 2016 and will continue to hear from other parties and participants on scheduled dates over the next two weeks.

For more information, please visit the Bronte Green Corporation – 1401 Bronte Road development application page.


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Community invited to Fire Prevention Week Kickoff on September 24, 2016

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 – for immediate release

Community invited to Fire Prevention Week Kickoff on September 24, 2016

Free BBQ, activities, displays and fire safety demonstration for all ages to enjoy!

The Oakville Fire department invites you to have fun while learning about fire safety at the 17th annual Fire Prevention Week Kickoff event on Saturday, September 24, 2016. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oakville Fire training campus at 1144 South Service Road West.

“The theme of this year’s fire prevention week is, don’t wait, check the date of your smoke alarms,” said Fire Chief Brian Durdin. “Our kickoff event provides a great opportunity to remind people that smoke and CO alarms don’t last forever. It’s important to check the expiry date and replace them before they wear out.”

This year’s event includes exciting rescue demonstrations, a chance to check out an air ambulance and the junior firefighter challenge. In addition to fire safety presentations, other activities include Oakville Hydro truck bucket rides, a visit from Sparky the Fire Dog, pony rides, inflatable air rides, a smoke room simulator, the junior firefighter water squirt, and fire safety games for all ages. Children are also encouraged to bring along their favourite stuffed animal for the teddy bear triage offered by St. John’s Ambulance.

Union Gas provided a financial contribution in support of the event, and McDonalds Restaurants of Oakville will provide a free hotdog barbeque.

Free parking and shuttle bus service provided by Oakville Transit will be available at the Bronte GO station. Parking at the training campus is reserved for people with limited mobility or medical conditions.

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Get creative in Bronte and paint the lake for a chance to win

Friday, July 22, 2016 – for immediate release

Get creative in Bronte and paint the lake for a chance to win

Art contest will be part of Bronte Lake Walk on August 4, 2016

Calling all budding and professional artists, as well as those who just like to get creative! Oakville residents are invited to showcase their artistic talent at the Paint the Lake event on Thursday, August 4, 2016, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Bronte Heritage Park located at 2340 Ontario Street.

Offered as part of the town’s Summer Cultural Connection events series, Paint the Lake will take place in conjunction with the Bronte Lake Walk. Participants will choose a picturesque scene of Bronte Harbour and create their own masterpiece for a chance to win great prizes. Paint supplies and canvases will be provided while supplies last.

Each painting will be shared on the Bronte Village Facebook page where people can like their favourite. Prizes will be awarded in four categories: Kids (10 and under), Youth (11-17), Adult (18+) and Professional. The contest runs from August 5 to 12, 2016.

Paint the Lake is offered in partnership with the Bronte Village Business Improvement Association (BIA). Visit the Summer Cultural Connection page for more information.


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