OMB rules ClubLink’s development application for Glen Abbey complete

Thursday, June 22, 2017 – for immediate release

OMB rules ClubLink’s development application for Glen Abbey complete

Town must begin application review process despite Interim Control By-law remaining in effect

One month after the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) decided that the town’s Interim Control By-law (ICBL) and its one year extension were appropriate and necessary to understand the implications of ClubLink’s proposed development at Glen Abbey, the OMB has decided on a separate motion that the Glen Abbey development application is complete as of the date of the Board’s Decision on June 7, 2017. Under the Planning Act, the town now has 120 days to consider and decide on the merits of the application for rezoning (October 5, 2017), and 180 days to consider and decide on the merits of the application for an official plan amendment (December 4, 2017) to permit the complete redevelopment of the Golf Course. If the town does not make a decision within this timeframe, ClubLink would be in a position to appeal its applications directly to the OMB for decision.

“Council is very disappointed that less than one month after a decision that recognized that the town’s comprehensive planning studies underway were valid and necessary given the magnitude of the Glen Abbey proposal, another Board decision says that we must accept development applications for processing,” Mayor Burton said. “No doubt our residents are confused by this decision, but the town will move forward to review the application within the timelines established under the Planning Act.”

Jane Clohecy, commissioner, Community Development noted that the town is still moving forward on the next steps required to implement the cultural heritage landscape assessments and urban structure review planning studies that were approved by Council on May 15, 2017 and June 12, 2017 respectively.

“While the town is disappointed with this latest decision, it does not change the fact that the town’s ICBL remains in place, and no substantive changes to the land use at Glen Abbey property can take place before the town’s planning studies have been completed,” Clohecy noted. “We fully anticipate using the results of the planning studies underway to assess the merits of the proposed redevelopment of the lands.”

ClubLink’s development proposal will now be reviewed through the town’s development review process in order to make a recommendation to Council within the Planning Act timelines. This process includes public notice and feedback on the applications:

ClubLink’s development application is now posted to the town’s website so that members of the public may register for official notices and provide feedback.
Signs will be posted on the perimeter of the golf course site shortly indicating that a development proposal has been submitted to the town.
A public information meeting will held in mid-July to help explain the application and to receive public comments.
A report outlining the staff recommendation to Council will be posted on the website prior to the application being considered by Council for review by the public.
Members of the public may provide feedback in writing or in person any time before a final decision is made by the Planning and Development Council.

For more information, visit our Interim Control By-law and Glen Abbey Development Planning Studies pages.


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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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Council approves age-friendly study and recommendations

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 – for immediate release

Council approves age-friendly study and recommendations

Oakville is a good place to live for older adults and seniors and offers a variety of opportunities for all ages to stay active and engaged in their community, according to the results of an Age-friendly Baseline Study approved by Council on April 3.

“An age-friendly community not only improves the quality of life of seniors, it creates a more inclusive, safe and accessible place to live for everyone,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “This study will help the town develop policies, programs and services that support residents as they get older.”

The study is part of the town’s efforts to become a more age-friendly community where residents feel engaged, enjoy good health and participate fully in society. It assesses the town’s current strengths, opportunities and gaps based on eight age-friendly community domains identified by the World Health Organization: outdoor spaces and buildings, transportation, housing, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication and information, community support and health services, and social participation.

As part of the assessment, 522 residents completed a questionnaire, interviews and focus groups were held with key stakeholders, and a public open house generated numerous ideas for making Oakville friendlier to an aging population.

Overall, the study findings are positive with 91 per cent of questionnaire respondents rating Oakville as a “very good” or “good” place to live. Residents reported a positive sense of community, an overall feeling of safety in Oakville and access to a broad range of services, programs, activities and events available to older adults. Residents also identified barriers to age-friendliness including access to affordable housing and public transportation and feelings of ageism and being undervalued.

The town’s next steps towards becoming a more age-friendly community include establishing an internal working group to develop a plan for implementing the town’s age-friendly initiatives, researching best practice in other municipalities and continuing to raise awareness of the importance of supporting residents as they age.

To read the complete report, visit our Age-friendly Baseline Study page.


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Complete the #MyOakville questionnaire for a chance to win!

Thursday, April 6, 2017 – for immediate release

Complete the #MyOakville questionnaire for a chance to win!

Community input part of strategy to increase access to Recreation and Culture services

The Town of Oakville is asking for the community’s help to ensure everyone has access to recreation and culture opportunities. Residents are invited to share their experiences and suggestions by completing the #MyOakville questionnaire for a chance to win one of three $100 Recreation and Culture program credits.

“As the demographics of Oakville shift, so will the need for more diverse and accessible recreational and cultural opportunities,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “We look to residents to provide input so we can continue to provide high-quality services and programs that meet their needs.”

The questionnaire asks residents how often they visit the town’s Recreation and Culture facilities, what type of activities, events and programs they are interested in, as well as what barriers limit their participation such as affordability, time constraints, availability of public transit, or general lack of awareness of what the town offers.

“Although there is a high demand for our programs and services, there is also a significant population that is not accessing the opportunities we provide,” said Nina de Vaal, director of Recreation and Culture. “Our goal is to better understand the barriers residents are facing so that we can develop a plan for the future that includes everyone.”

In addition to the questionnaire, the town’s community development specialists will interview people at various events and locations this spring. Residents are also invited to check out the #MyOakville videos, share ideas and vote on others on the Idea Forum, or connect with the town on social media using #MyOakville.

Visit our #MyOakville page for more information and to complete the questionnaire.


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Oakville focuses on becoming the most digitally connected GTA community

Friday, February 3, 2017 – for immediate release

Oakville focuses on becoming the most digitally connected GTA community

Council approves new strategy to guide digital transformation

A new corporate digital strategy focused on making Oakville the most connected community in the Greater Toronto Area was approved by Council on January 30, 2017.

“In today’s digitally driven world, it’s more important than ever to be strategic in the way we provide online services to our residents,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “This strategy will be our digital roadmap as we continue to invest in technology and embrace innovation.”

Engagement with citizens is at the core of the digital strategy. This spring, the town is introducing a beta website as a testing ground for new digital services as they are being developed. The beta site will give citizens a unique opportunity to test new online services and provide feedback at different stages of development. By engaging the community from the start of the process, they become co-designers with the town to ensure that new services are easy to use and designed from the perspective of the user.

The strategy also focuses on using the extensive data the town produces to improve services, and fostering an organizational culture that embraces digital innovation to meet citizen needs. The town will establish partnerships with leading academic institutions and private sector companies to better respond to emerging digital opportunities and attract new knowledge-based businesses, head offices and skilled workers to the community.

The Town of Oakville is well positioned to become a digital leader in the public sector with $22 million of technology investments already planned in the 10-year capital forecast, including piloting new digital tools in a wide variety of areas, from energy management to making it easier to get online permits.

“The digital strategy establishes a clear focus and direction for these investments and aligns them toward a common goal,” said Colleen Bell, commissioner of Community Services. “By actively engaging our citizens, we will deliver relevant and better designed services that meet their needs and expectations.”

For more information, review the staff report in the January 30, 2017 Council Agenda.


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Council approves 1.99 per cent overall tax increase

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 – for immediate release

Council approves 1.99 per cent overall tax increase

Town Council met its goal to keep overall tax increases in line with inflation with the approval of the 2017 Budget at the Council meeting on December 12, 2016. The approved 3.21 per cent increase to the town’s portion of the tax bill creates an overall 1.99 per cent tax increase when combined with the expected Halton Region increase and estimated education tax rates. The latest Toronto Consumer Price Index shows a 2.3 per cent annual increase. The budget also positions Oakville to keep overall tax increases in line with inflation out to 2020.

“Maintaining our strong, stable financial health is a critical part of Council’s vision for a more livable Oakville,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “This budget delivers the programs and services our residents expect and invests in our community’s infrastructure, while once again reflecting Council’s goal of keeping overall property tax increases consistent – and consistently low.”

The approved $310 million operating budget continues to provide Oakville with its existing wide range of programs and services. This includes maintenance of roads and community facilities, fire services, transit, parks and trails, recreation and culture programs, senior services, libraries, and a variety of other valued services. Some program enhancements for 2017 include improvements to by-law enforcement and implementation of changes to the private tree by-law to strengthen tree protection. The budget also allocates additional funds for Visit Oakville tourism, the town’s Heritage Grant program, and support for cultural programs and grants.

The approved 2017 capital budget includes $122.3 million in project funding and just over $1 billion in capital projects forecasted between 2017-2026 with a focus on transportation, infrastructure renewal and other elements related to growth. Some of the key capital projects for 2017 include:

Trafalgar Park and Oakville arena revitalization – $13 M
Lakeshore Road Bridge at Sixteen Mile Creek reconstruction – $10.5 M
Road Resurfacing and Preservation Program – $9.1 M
Former Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital demolition – $7.6 M
Phase 2 of LED streetlight conversion – $6.6 M
Preparations for Kerr Street widening and grade separation – $4.7 M
Expansion buses – $4.3 M
Speers Road widening from the GO Station West of Third Line to Fourth Line – $4 M
Emerald Ash Borer Management Program – $3.7 M

“The budget keeps overall taxes in line with inflation, invests significantly in building and maintaining infrastructure and positions Oakville for a strong and stable financial future,” Budget Committee Chair Tom Adams said. “Once again, we are addressing the needs of our community while providing the lowest overall property tax increase among neighbouring municipalities.”

For details visit the 2017 Budget page.


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Had a drink? Too tired to drive? Leave the car!

Friday, December 2, 2016 – for immediate release

Had a drink? Too tired to drive? Leave the car!

Town introduces overnight parking in Downtown and Kerr Village for the holiday season

Going to a holiday dinner or late night event this festive season just got a little easier. Evening parking after 6 p.m. is always offered at no charge in both Downtown Oakville and Kerr Village (with the exception of the Church Street parking garage), but now, until January 8, 2017, select parking lots will allow free overnight parking. All you need to do is register your licence plate and lot location at parking.oakville.ca and you can park free of charge between midnight and 9 a.m. at any of these locations:

Lot 2, on Church Street between Thomas Street and George Street in Downtown Oakville
Lot 8, on Randall Street at Reynolds Street, in Downtown Oakville
Lot 12, east of Kerr St. between Florence Drive and Washington Avenue in Kerr Village.

“Despite best intentions and planning ahead, there are still occasions when we need to leave the car behind,” said Mayor Burton. “We want to make it as easy as possible to make the right decision on those occasions. Let’s make sure everyone enjoys the holiday season safely.”

The town also has many other convenient ways to ensure safe holiday parking for you and your guests:

Temporary on-street parking permits for overnight visitors. Permits can be pre-arranged online and will allow for up to six vehicles to park on the street overnight and for up to 15 days per year for each licence plate.
A Multi-Vehicle Permit (MVP) for larger holiday festivities where more than six vehicles will need to park on the road. There is no requirement to register licence plates for MVPs, however requests must be submitted five business days in advance of the start date to allow for review and processing.

To register for these permits or learn more about parking in the Town of Oakville, visit the parking page or contact ServiceOakville at 905-845-6601.


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Help shape the future of transportation options within town

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 – for immediate release

Help shape the future of transportation options within town

Take the surveys online or attend one of the public events

The town is developing a Transportation Demand Management (TDM) plan and a Pedestrian Safety program and wants to hear how you get around town, what your travel preferences are, and what would motivate you to try different travel options such as walking, cycling, public transit and carpooling. Residents are invited to share their ideas by completing the TDM and Pedestrian Safety surveys online or by participating in one of the public events happening this month.

“Providing our community with safe, efficient and accessible options for getting around town is one more way we’re making Oakville even more livable,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton. “That’s why we’re exploring ways to better meet the transportation needs of Oakville residents.”

The goal of the TDM plan is to provide alternatives to single occupancy vehicle trips and help alleviate traffic congestion in Oakville. The plan will explore ways to help residents make better use of current infrastructure and travel options, improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while making commuting less expensive and more enjoyable.

The Pedestrian Safety program will work to promote more active modes of transportation, make Oakville even more pedestrian friendly, and identify areas that would benefit from designated pedestrian crossings.

Both the TDM plan and Pedestrian Safety program build on the success of the town’s existing Transportation Master Plan, Switching Gears.

Provide your input

There are a number of ways you can provide your input:

Visit the Public Engagement Hub before December 9 to complete the online surveys

Visit and talk to the project team at:

Iroquois Ridge Community Centre on Thursday, November 24 from 5-8 p.m.
Glen Abbey Community Centre on Wednesday, November 30 from 5-8 p.m.

Visit the Roads, Sidewalks and Traffic page to learn more.


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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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