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Outstanding volunteers honoured at 16th Annual Community Spirit Awards

Thursday, June 8, 2017 – for immediate release

Outstanding volunteers honoured at 16th Annual Community Spirit Awards

Oakville’s best and brightest volunteers were celebrated for their exemplary contributions to the community at the 16th Annual Community Spirit Awards held last night at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre.

2017 Community Spirit Award recipients:

Bingo Rivera, Access Award sponsored by Access Abilities
William Smith, Arts Award sponsored by the Oakville Beaver
The Oakville Rotaract Club, Group Volunteer Award sponsored by the Town of Oakville
Mary Davidson, Heritage Award sponsored by Genworth Financial Canada
Jan Tingle, Individual Volunteer Award sponsored by Paradiso Restaurant
Peter Lowes, Senior Award sponsored by Chartwell Waterford Retirement Residence
Aiza Abid and Marica Pinnock, Youth Award sponsored by RBC Royal Bank

“On behalf of Council, I offer all the nominees and award recipients our sincere gratitude for your dedication, for inspiring others with your commitment, and for elevating the entire Oakville community with your spirit,” said Mayor Rob Burton.

Chris Mei, television host of the Weather Network, was the emcee for the evening, entertaining the audience while sponsors handed out the awards. Each recipient received a one-of-a-kind award created by local illustrator, designer and portrait artist Emily Soden.

Since 2002, Oakville’s Community Spirit Awards have recognized individuals and groups for their outstanding contributions to the community.

Visit the Community Spirit Awards page for more information about the awards and this year’s recipients.


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OMB upholds Town’s Interim Control By-law regarding Glen Abbey

Thursday, May 11, 2017 – for immediate release

OMB upholds Town’s Interim Control By-law regarding Glen Abbey

The Ontario Municipal Board has rejected ClubLink’s appeal by upholding the town’s Interim Control By-law (ICBL) and its one year extension, concluding that the ICBL was appropriate and necessary. The Board’s decision noted that the town’s ICBL was based on a legitimate planning rationale, was enacted in good faith, and was in conformity with the Region of Halton Official Plan and the Provincial Growth Plan.

“Council is very pleased that the Board recognized that the magnitude of the Glen Abbey proposal and its potential for impact on the community warrant further study,” Mayor Burton said. “Our Livable Oakville Official Plan specifically identifies suitable growth areas in order to protect the character of our stable residential neighbourhoods and Council looks forward to hearing the results of the town’s studies.”

The OMB’s decision ensures the town will have sufficient time to complete its studies on the Glen Abbey property. Staff will be reporting to Council over the next month on all three studies. Any further work directed by Council as a result of the studies is expected to be completed before the ICBL expires on February 1, 2018.

Upcoming meeting dates are:

  1. Urban Structure Review

Livable Oakville Subcommittee, Town Hall, May 15, 1 p.m.
Public information meetings, Town Hall, May 30, 1:30 to 3:30 and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Planning and Development Council, Town Hall, June 12, 7 p.m.

  1. Cultural Heritage Landscapes

Phase 2 reports for the high priority sites, including Glen Abbey, went to Heritage Oakville Advisory Committee on April 25
Planning and Development Council, Town Hall, May 15, 7p.m.

  1. Land Use Economic and Impact Analysis

Planning and Development Council, Town Hall, June 12, 7 p.m.

Members of the public are invited to attend these upcoming meetings. To register as a delegate to speak at the Planning and Development Council meetings, please call 905-815-6015 or email townclerk@oakville.ca by noon the day of the meeting.

The ICBL, originally passed on February 1, 2016 with a one-year extension, will now remain in effect up to January 31, 2018. Section 38 of the Planning Act (Ont.) permits a municipality to pass an ICBL for up to a year (with the right to extend the by-law for a further year) in order to complete a review or study of land use policies in the municipality.

For more information, review the summary of the decision on the Interim Control By-law page.


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Nominations now open for 2017 Oakville Community Spirit Awards

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 – for immediate release

Nominations now open for 2017 Oakville Community Spirit Awards

The Town of Oakville is once again honouring community champions who positively contribute to the life and spirit of the town. Nominations are now open for the 16th Annual Community Spirit Awards recognizing outstanding individuals, groups and businesses in seven categories.

Nominations will be accepted until Monday, April 10 at 4 p.m. in the following award categories:

Access Award, sponsored by Access Abilities
Arts Award, sponsored by The Oakville Beaver
Group Volunteer Award, sponsored by the Town of Oakville
Heritage Award, sponsored by Genworth Financial Canada
Individual Volunteer Award, sponsored by Paradiso Restaurant
Senior Award, sponsored by Chartwell Waterford Retirement Residence
Youth Award, sponsored by RBC Royal Bank

This year’s Community Spirit Awards presentation will be held on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at Oakville’s Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC). The 2017 Community Spirit Awards will be designed by local illustrator, designer and portrait artist Emily Soden. Emily works closely with oil, acrylic scratchboard and pencils, but her favourite mediums are watercolour and ink. Her commissions are inspired by nature and animals, often showcased as recurring themes in her work.

Nomination forms are available at all town recreation facilities, Town Hall and Oakville Public Library branches, or can be completed online. For more information visit the Community Spirit Awards page.


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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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Town Council approves one year extension to its Interim Control By-law that limits Glen Abbey Golf Course to its existing uses

Thursday, November 3, 2016 – for immediate release

Town Council approves one year extension to its Interim Control By-law that limits Glen Abbey Golf Course to its existing uses

Council voted unanimously at Planning and Development Council on November 1, 2016, to extend Interim Control By-law 2016-24 (ICB) that restricts the use of the Glen Abbey Golf Course to its existing uses for one additional year. The ICB was originally passed on February 1, 2016 and with a one-year extension, will now remain in effect up to and including January 31, 2018.

In the meeting, Mark H. Simeoni, director, Planning Services Department, updated Council on the status of the key planning studies underway and explained the town’s reasons for recommending an extension to the ICB.

The status of the key studies is outlined below:

Macaulay Shiomi Howson Ltd was hired as the lead consultant to undertake an Urban Structure Review. Preliminary work was reviewed at the Livable Oakville Sub-committee earlier this week. The draft of the study is expected in the spring of 2017 with public consultation, revisions if any, and implementation to follow as required.
PWC is completing a Land Use Economic and Impact Analysis study. The first draft of the study is expected to be complete in the spring of 2017 with public consultation, revisions if any, and implementation to follow as required.
Letourneau Heritage Consulting was recently engaged to complete the Phase 2 Cultural Heritage Landscapes assessment of the Glen Abbey Golf Course. The draft assessment is expected to be completed in the spring of 2017 with public consultation, revisions if any, and implementation to follow as required.

Section 38 of the Planning Act (Ont.) permits a municipality to pass an ICB for up to a year (with the right to extend the by-law for a further year) in order to complete a review or study of land use policies in the municipality.

Club Link, the owners of Glen Abbey, has appealed the town’s ICB to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). The hearing on this appeal is scheduled to begin on January 30, 2017 at Town Hall.

Review the February 1, 2016 and November 1, 2016 Council agendas and staff reports.


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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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