40 Fun Sound of Music Festival Facts

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Oakville introduces new parking app with HonkMobile

Thursday, July 6, 2017 – for immediate release

Oakville introduces new parking app with HonkMobile

Skip the line! Park and pay with your phone

The Town of Oakville has partnered with HonkMobile to offer a new way to pay for parking at municipal parking lots in Downtown Oakville and Kerr Village. In addition to the existing Pay by Plate machines, visitors can now pay for parking from their smartphone using the Honk app.

“We’re always looking for new ways to use technology to enhance town services,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “With the Honk app, there is no waiting at the pay stations. It’s easy as park, search, pay and go, making it easier to shop, visit and enjoy all that Downtown and Kerr Village has to offer.”

Honk also notifies users when their time is about to expire and allows them to buy additional time right from their smartphone, eliminating the need to rush back to a parking machine and helping to avoid tickets.

Simply download the free app from honkmobile.com, the App Store or Google Play and set up your account. When you’re ready to park, choose your zone and enter the parking time needed. Information is also posted on each parking lot’s pay-by-plate machines, if you need help.

“Honk is revolutionizing parking across North America and we are thrilled to bring our service to Oakville,” says Honk Founder and CEO Michael Back. “It’s really a win-win for the town and its’ motorists. As mobile adoption increases, there is less need for parking equipment and meters and their associated maintenance costs. The ease and convenience of the app eliminates the need to get out of the car to pay for parking.”

Look for the signs at all municipal parking lots that use Honk! On-street mobile payment will be accepted in the coming weeks.

For more information, please visit our Municipal Parking Lots and Garages page.

About HonkMobile:

HonkMobile is North America’s leading provider of on-demand mobile payments for parking. Honk’s innovative cloud-based technology streamlines parking by allowing users to search, pay for, and top up parking from their mobile phone, tablet or any internet connected device. Honk is already accepted at over 800 locations and 150,000 parking spaces across Canada and the United States. Using a single account, motorists can pay for parking anywhere Honk is accepted across North America.


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Downtown Plan moving forward

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 – for immediate release

Downtown Plan moving forward

Council-approved Lakeshore Road streetscape furniture will showcase downtown’s historic character

The revitalization of Lakeshore Road took a big step forward last night when Council approved the bridge railing, the lighting and the furniture selections (streetlight poles, benches, bollards, bike rings) for downtown Oakville.

“Thanks to public input we have streetscape furniture and materials that truly reflects what our residents want to see in Oakville’s historic downtown,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton. “We look forward to creating a vibrant Lakeshore Road that showcases the best of Oakville’s livability, history and distinct character.”

Community input has been vital throughout the Lakeshore Road East Reconstruction and Streetscape Project. After extensive public consultation both in-person and on-line, a traditional style of streetscape furniture was approved by Council on October 3, 2016, and specific furniture pieces were selected by residents’ and businesses in December.

With Council’s approval last night, staff will begin incorporating the selections into the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Project, slated to start in 2019, and into the overall Downtown Transportation and Streetscape (DTS) Master Plan for other roads in downtown as they are reconstructed. The new curbs and pavers will be included in the new construction of Lakeshore Road Bridge at Sixteen Mile Creek which is expected to be completed in December 2017. Staff have also reported to the Heritage Oakville Advisory Committee and requested a heritage permit for the furnishings.

It should be noted that the town’s standard for LED fixture colour temperature is 4000K. With town’s public outreach resulting in a clear preference for 3000K for the streetlights within the historic downtown commercial district, Council approved staff’s recommendation to retrofit 3000K LED fixtures on existing decorative poles in the town’s other commercial districts – Kerr Village and Bronte Village. In addition, while there was clear preference for the existing streetlight pole and acorn fixture styles, staff will be reporting back to Council during the final engineering design phase on the costs of refurbishing the existing poles and retrofitting the LED fixtures, or installing new poles to match the existing styles.

Moving forward, staff will continue to work on developing options for a flexible/curbless look for Lakeshore Road and will launch a separate public engagement process this spring with a report due back to Council later in the year.

Background

The Downtown Plan, launched in December 2013, is comprised of the Downtown Cultural Hub Study (DCH), and the Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study (DTS).

The DTS was approved by Council in April 2015. This study assessed the current traffic and roadway conditions in downtown Oakville and created recommendations to enhance the roadways, beautify streets, improve pedestrian/cycle ways and revitalize the Towne Square, by introducing design standards as well as increasing connectivity, mobility and accessibility. In November 2015 Council approved the timing for the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Project to commence in 2019 and be completed over a two year period. In addition, the Lakeshore Road Bridge over Sixteen Mile Creek is now closed for reconstruction and will reopen in December 2017.


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Town prepares for reconstruction of Lakeshore Road Bridge at Sixteen Mile Creek

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 – for immediate release

Town prepares for reconstruction of Lakeshore Road Bridge at Sixteen Mile Creek

Bridge closes the week of January 30; reopens December 2017

During the week of January 30, 2017, the Lakeshore Road Bridge over Sixteen Mile Creek will be closed until December 2017 to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians in both directions. The bridge is being reconstructed as part of the overall Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape project.

A detour route around the bridge will be provided via Kerr Street, Rebecca Street and Navy Street. All businesses, the library, the theatre and Centennial Pool remain open and accessible during construction.

“The town is moving forward with a much needed project to reconstruct Lakeshore Road East starting with the bridge. Changing the streetscape in downtown Oakville will help pave the way for a revitalized downtown,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “We appreciate everyone’s patience during construction and remind you that it is business as usual in downtown Oakville.”

Once complete, the new bridge will include two travel lanes and bikes lanes. There will also be a wider pedestrian sidewalk with a barrier wall to separate the sidewalk and vehicular traffic. New pedestrian railings and lookouts will be included as well as LED lighting. The Lakeshore Road approaches to the bridge between Navy Street and Forsythe Street will also be reconstructed.

On January 5, 2017, in preparation for the bridge closure, Navy Street was permanently converted to two-way traffic between Lakeshore and Rebecca/Randall streets. Signs are posted around the area to notify drivers of the change. As part of the Council approved Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study (DTS), Navy Street is one of several streets in downtown Oakville scheduled to be converted to two-way operation. The other streets are still in the detailed design phase and are scheduled to be converted in 2018.

Another addition to Downtown Oakville is the new pedestrian crossover device at the intersection of Navy Street and Church Street (in front of Centennial Square). Several new crossovers are planned to be installed across town in 2017 starting with the Navy and Church street location. Pedestrian crossovers have specific pavement markings and crossing signs. There are three types of crossovers. The crossover at Navy and Church has poles, flashing beacons above the signs and pedestrian push buttons. Unlike pedestrian crosswalks at traffic signal locations, at a crossover, drivers and cyclists must stop behind the yield line and wait until the pedestrian completely crosses the road before proceeding.

With Lakeshore Road East (Navy Street to Allan Street) coming to the end of its lifespan and needing a major reconstruction, the town undertook extensive research and public consultation to identify broader opportunities to improve traffic, beautify streets and improve pedestrian/cycle ways in the downtown. In October 2015, Council approved the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Project as part of the Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study (DTS) study. The Lakeshore Bridge at Sixteen Mile Creek reconstruction is taking place in advance of the road project as inspections of the bridge revealed its condition warrants immediate attention.

For details about this project, please visit the Lakeshore Road Bridge Reconstruction page. Additional information will be posted online as the projects progress. You can also contact ServiceOakville at 905-845-6601.


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Keeping it traditional for downtown Oakville

Furniture style chosen. Selection of specific furniture pieces happening later this fall

Following extensive public consultation, Council approved a traditional furniture style for downtown Oakville at the October 3, 2016, meeting, taking the town one step further towards revitalizing Lakeshore Road. Choosing the individual furniture pieces will be part of the next round of public consultation happening later this fall.

“Council appreciates the way the community had a strong preference for a traditional style of street furniture that could support and reinforce our town’s regard for preserving and complementing our heritage,” Mayor Rob Burton said.

In September 2016, the town invited residents to select, in-person or online, a preferred style — traditional, contemporary or classic — for the streetscape furnishings (streetlights, benches, bike rings and bollards) for downtown Oakville as part of the Lakeshore Road East Reconstruction and Streetscape Project. Each style was designed to complement the downtown heritage district.

In an effort to connect with residents from across town, staff were at seven high-traffic events/locations including the Downtown Oakville Farmers’ Market, Sixteen Mile Sports Complex and other town community centres. Photos of each furniture style — traditional, contemporary and classic — were on display for review and then residents chose the style they liked best. An online photo library and voting option was also available from September 8 to 23, 2016.

In total, 1,431 persons participated and 867 (60.5%) preferred traditional; 264 (18.5%) contemporary; and 300 (21%) classic furniture. The Downtown BIA also did its own internal survey of its members which resulted in a preference for the traditional style.

With a furniture style now chosen, the next step is to select the individual furniture pieces that work best for downtown Oakville. That decision will be part of the next round of public consultation happening later this fall with a preferred suite of traditional furniture pieces going to Council for approval in early 2017. Staff will also be reporting to Heritage Committee on the traditional furnishing options.

Once finalized, the new streetscape materials and furnishings will be used as part of the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Project slated to start in 2019, and for other streets in downtown Oakville as they are reconstructed in the future. The new curbs and pavers, approved by Council in July, will be included when the town undertakes to rehabilitate the Lakeshore Road Bridge at Sixteen Mile Creek starting in early 2017, including the roadway approaches between Navy Street and Forsythe Street.

Background

Following extensive public consultation through the Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study (DTS) a contemporary furniture theme was chosen in 2015, over traditional and classical, to complement the historic buildings in the streetscape yet remain a reflection of the current time. However, when specific contemporary furniture pieces were presented to the public this past March and June there was significant concern and opposition about the theme choice. Desire to maximize a flexible (curbless) design of the Lakeshore Road East configuration was also discussed at these meetings as a topic for consideration.

In July 2016, Town Council passed a motion directing staff to recommence a public engagement process with traditional, classical and contemporary furniture options — streetlights, benches, bike rings and bollards — for the Lakeshore Road East Reconstruction and Streetscape Project. In the meantime, staff are moving forward with incorporating the garbage/recycling stations as well as the granite pavers and curbs into the streetscape design as presented to the public this past March and June.

The motion also called on staff to develop options for Lakeshore Road that would provide, in whole or in part, a flexible (curbless) street. Staff are expected to report back on both items in early 2017.

For more information visit the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction Project page.


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Town seeks feedback on final materials and furniture for downtown Oakville

Public input open until June 30, 2016

The town’s much needed project to reconstruct Lakeshore Road in downtown Oakville is now in the last stage of the furniture and materials selection process. Public meetings were held at Town Hall on June 15, 2016, where residents and businesses had a chance to view the final contemporary pieces, share their thoughts, and learn more about the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Project.

“Understanding the priorities of residents and business owners is a critical part of ensuring Oakville’s downtown remains attractive, vibrant and economically stable,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “Council truly appreciates the feedback we receive and looks forward to revitalizing the downtown with a newly redesigned Lakeshore Road.”

The new streetscape materials and furnishing include granite pavers and curbs, benches, bike rings, roadside bollards, trash/recycling stations and streetlights that will be used as part of the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Project slated to start in 2019, and for other streets in downtown Oakville as they are reconstructed in the future. Some of the streetscape features will also be included when the town undertakes to rehabilitate the Lakeshore Road Bridge at Sixteen Mile Creek starting in early 2017.

Public opinion was mixed on some of the specific furniture pieces (benches, bike racks and streetlight poles). Some residents were concerned that the furniture might clash with the downtown’s heritage elements. The contemporary theme for downtown Oakville was chosen over traditional and modern options in 2015 after extensive public consultation through the Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study (DTS) . A presentation was also made to the Oakville Heritage Committee highlighting the complimentary role of a contemporary streetscape theme to the heritage elements of downtown Oakville.

Members of the community who couldn’t make it out on Wednesday can review photos of the final materials and furniture online and provide comments by email until June 30. Later this summer, staff are planning to present the final selections to the Oakville Heritage Committee and the Accessibility Advisory Committee before going to Council in early fall 2016.

Moving forward, the town will be having conversations on how to minimize any construction impact on downtown businesses, residents and visitors.

With Lakeshore Road East (Navy Street to Allan Street) approaching the end of its lifespan and needing a major reconstruction, the town undertook extensive research and public consultation to identify broader opportunities to improve traffic, beautify streets and improve pedestrian/cycle ways in the downtown. In October 2015, Council approved the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Project as part of the DTS which included a contemporary theme for the downtown streetscape design.

The DTS, along with the Downtown Culture Hub Study (DCH), make up the town’s exciting Downtown Plan which aims to create an attractive, active, animated and vibrant downtown that will bring people together while maintaining the beautiful historic downtown streetscape. The DCH is exploring opportunities to create cultural and performing arts spaces and new riverfront park that will become the cultural, social, and economic heart of our community. Staff is undertaking further research and public consultation on these potential DCH opportunities before reporting back to Council later this year.

For more information and to review an online photo library of the final suite of furniture and materials, visit the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction Project page.


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