#BurlON til November 7

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#BurlON Oct 25-Nov 2

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#BurlON – Week of Oct 12-19th

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Former Hospital Site Project takes big step forward

Council endorses site master plan as well as base funding and amenities for community centre

The redevelopment project of the former Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital lands took a significant step forward at a Special Meeting last night when Town Council endorsed an overall master plan for the lands as well as the some programming and features for the Southeast Oakville Community Centre that is planned for the site.

“It is important for Council that our plan for the hospital lands reflect the needs and wishes of local residents,” said Mayor Burton. “We appreciate the thoughtful insight provided by community members throughout this consultation process, which has helped staff draft a plan that Council can fully support.”

Recently, residents from across Oakville were invited to share their thoughts on three proposed land use concepts for the overall site at a community workshop and through an online discussion forum. All three land use concepts include a community centre, a park and residential development but the arrangement was slightly different in each option.

While the feedback received was extensive both in person and online, there was no clear consensus on one particular option. However, certain themes and a common concept of establishing distinct districts did emerge with a residential district in the north, a civic district with a community centre and park in the middle, and a seniors-oriented housing district in the south.

With that in mind, the Council-endorsed former Oakville-Trafalgar Hospital Site Master Plan includes:

A residential area that complements the existing neighbourhood and maintains the character of the community as intended in the official plan.
A civic area that consolidates the community centre and parkland along Reynolds Street since it is the busiest street bounding the site, and allows the park space to be open, follow the principles of safe-park design and be highly accessible. The town also wants to explore the creation of a visible civic square in the area around the former high school. With Council’s approval of the master plan, exploration for re-use of the building will be required.
A seniors-oriented housing area that gives options for residents to down-size to smaller, more manageable properties or dwelling units without the need to leave the community. The area could range from independent seniors-living to assisted-care. Further discussions with members of the community and stakeholders will be needed to help define these opportunities.

The final master plan was also fully endorsed at last night’s meeting by the resident associations in Ward 3.

“What residents made clear during the consultation process is that the former hospital and high school played a critical role in anchoring and contributing to the neighbouring community’s identity,” added Mayor Rob Burton. “As such, the final master plan reflects the idea of maintaining that legacy for years to come.”

At last night’s meeting, Council also approved the following enhancements for the new Southeast Community Centre on the site expansion of the single gym to a double gym ($470,000); therapeutic warm-water pool ($2,740,000); fitness centre ($2,550,000) and; an indoor walking track ($1,800,000). These features are in addition to the amenities already planned for the community centre: indoor pool (to replace Centennial Pool), multi-purpose rooms and space for intergenerational programming.

A financial overview on the project was also received by Council which estimates the cost for entire project, including demolition, parking garage enhancements and community centre development, to be approximately $54 million. Town reserves are a primary funding source for this project. The sale of lands not used for a community centre or park is intended to replenish funding used from the reserve. This strategy is one way to ensure sufficient funding for other large, long term projects across the town in the future.

Moving ahead, the demolition contractors will begin site preparation this summer. The overall demolition and site remediation will take approximately 12 months to complete. The architectural/general contractor team responsible for the community centre will be selected in early July. The process of design will begin shortly afterwards. The development of the new community centre will begin in late 2018 with an opening scheduled for fall 2020.

A number of Planning Act approvals will also be necessary in order for the redevelopment of the site to proceed including official plan and zoning amendments, and draft plan of subdivision/site plan approvals. Amendments to the town’s Official Plan and Zoning By-law will be subject to the statutory planning process and a public meeting is expected in the fall with proposed Official Plan updates by the end of 2017.

The town plans on engaging with the public later this fall on the project including progress on the demolition work and next steps regarding the design of the community centre design and potential uses of the park.

Check out the June 27 Special Council Agenda for detail, including staff reports. For more information and to sign up for the town’s newsletter.


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New online public engagement hub makes it easier to get involved with the town

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 – for immediate release

New online public engagement hub makes it easier to get involved with the town

Thanks to feedback and input from Oakville residents, business owners, and community groups, the town has introduced a new public engagement hub to make it easier for our community to share input and get involved in town projects.

Now available on oakville.ca, the hub features current and upcoming engagement opportunities such as public meetings, open houses, surveys, and events. It also provides quick links to additional online information and services including the Council calendar, town e-newsletter sign up page, Oakville mobile app, and social media channels.

“Connecting with our residents on the issues that matter to them is essential to developing and delivering high-quality services,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “By bringing together all the information residents need to engage with the town all in one place, we’re making it easier than ever to stay connected.”

The creation of the new hub follows the town’s public engagement campaign that launched in the spring. The purpose of the campaign was to collect feedback from the public about the different ways they like to be informed and engaged with the town. Over a three-month period, the town reached out to the community through various online, print, and in person approaches.

“We’re always looking for new, innovative ways to improve livability in Oakville,” said Mayor Burton. “The new engagement hub is just the first step. The feedback we’ve received from residents has been tremendously helpful in identifying new ways to connect with our residents.”

The town interacts with the community on hundreds of projects, studies, initiatives, services and programs every year. Whether we’re creating a new park, looking for feedback on a road improvement study, finding ways to enhance service delivery or customer experience in our facilities, public input supports the town’s efforts to achieve its vision to be the most livable town in Canada.

Residents are encouraged to visit the public engagement hub on a regular basis to access the latest news on our public engagement opportunities.

A report will be presented to Council on the town’s updated public engagement strategy later this fall. Learn more about the town’s commitment to public engagement.


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Council approves 24/7, centralized service model for by-law enforcement

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 – for immediate release

Council approves 24/7, centralized service model for by-law enforcement

Implementation scheduled for 2017 based on budget considerations

At the April 4, 2016, Council meeting, Council approved a new 24/7, centralized by-law enforcement model to be implemented as part of town’s new Municipal Enforcement Strategy. The new service delivery model recommended by town staff aims to enhance customer service for residents relating to by-law issues and concerns and will be phased in over a five-year period beginning in 2017.

“Council requested a more responsive, convenient by-law enforcement service for Oakville residents,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “This new model allows residents to access the services they require 24 hours a day. I commend staff for their work in developing an even more user-friendly enforcement service.”

Currently, Town of Oakville by-law enforcement services are only available Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with no after hours or weekend enforcement. Parking enforcement is the exception which is provided on a 24/7 basis. In addition, enforcement responsibilities fall to various town departments, which can make it challenging for residents to contact the right area of enforcement when they want to report a concern. The new service delivery model will make it faster and easier for residents to get in touch with enforcement staff 24/7 so issues can be addressed in a timely manner.

The Municipal Enforcement Strategy was created based on recommendations identified from an internal audit in 2011 and direction from the 2015 Budget Committee for staff to review options for expanded by-law enforcement services. A thorough review of the town’s enforcement structure, predicted population growth, best practice scan of other municipal by-law enforcement models and feedback from various town departments also informed the strategy development.

Financial requirements to support the 24/7 centralized model will be presented to the Budget Committee this fall for approval before implementation can begin in 2017. In the meantime, staff will be working to implement the progressive enforcement policy and responsibility matrix to clarify enforcement oversight among town departments.

To read the staff report, review the March 29, 2016 Administrative Services Committee agenda.


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What’s happening at Town Hall – October 19 to 23, 2015

Friday, October 16, 2015 – for immediate release

What’s happening at Town Hall – October 19 to 23, 2015

Do you want to know what’s happening at Town Hall? Are you interested in participating in local government? Here’s a highlight of what’s happening October 19 to 23, 2015.

October 20

Heritage Oakville Committee 
Location: Town Hall, Palermo Room, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Committee of Adjustment 
Location: Town Hall, Council Chamber, 7–10 p.m.

October 21

Budget Committee 
Location: Town Hall, Council Chamber, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

October 22

Budget Committee 
Location: Town Hall, Council Chamber, 7–10 p.m.

What’s happening at Town Hall provides an overview of upcoming Town of Oakville meetings, important agenda items and other town events. The public is welcome to attend these meetings. For agendas and copies of reports, please visit the agendas and minutes page. For more information and additional upcoming meetings, please visit the Council calendar or news and notices page.

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What’s happening at Town Hall – October 12 to 16, 2015

Friday, October 09, 2015 – for immediate release

What’s happening at Town Hall – October 12 to 16, 2015

Do you want to know what’s happening at Town Hall? Are you interested in participating in local government? Here’s a highlight of what’s happening October 12 to 16, 2015.

October 13

Site Plan Committee 
Location: Town Hall, Oakville and Trafalgar Rooms, 5–7 p.m.

Community Services Committee 
Location: Town Hall, Council Chamber, 7–10 p.m.

Administrative Services Committee 
Location: Town Hall, Oakville and Trafalgar Rooms, 7–10 p.m.

October 15

Oakville Public Library Board
Location: Town Hall, Trafalgar Room, 7–10 p.m.

What’s happening at Town Hall provides an overview of upcoming Town of Oakville meetings, important agenda items and other town events. The public is welcome to attend these meetings. For agendas and copies of reports, please visit the agendas and minutes page. For more information and additional upcoming meetings, please visit the Council calendar or news and notices page.

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Fall into technology events

If you want to stay on the cutting edge of technology in real estate, come to one or more in a series of events in the months ahead. The Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) is reprising its tools and technology series designed to develop your technical skills and knowledge with Emerge: Moving You Forward with the Tools for Tomorrow. Starting up again this fall, the Emerge series will feature topics designed to develop your skills and knowledge on emerging tools and technologies. Possible topics include: e-signatures, new technology and branding. Each event will feature exciting speakers, including personal branding guru Debra Trappen. The Emerge events will also include breakout sessions and consumer panels. Six events are scheduled as follows:

Thursday, Sept. 17 – Ottawa

Thursday, Oct. 8 – Peterborough

Wednesday, Oct. 21 – Sudbury

Thursday, Nov. 5 – Burlington

Thursday, Nov. 26 – Stratford

Tuesday, Dec. 8 – Mississauga

Topics and venues to be announced.

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