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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Town commissioning outdoor public art for Trafalgar Park Community Centre

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 – for immediate release

Town commissioning outdoor public art for Trafalgar Park Community Centre

Professional Canadian artists invited to submit Expressions of Interest by June 15

The Town of Oakville is looking for a professional artist to create a permanent outdoor public artwork as part of the redevelopment of Oakville Arena and Trafalgar Park. The successful artist will have their work featured at the north entrance of the redeveloped facility which will be renamed the Trafalgar Park Community Centre.

“Public art is accessible to everyone and reflects the vibrancy and richness of the Oakville community,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “This an exciting opportunity for an artist to create a unique piece of artwork that will live on in the community for years to come.”

Professional Canadian artists and artist-led teams are invited to submit Expressions of Interest by June 15, 2017. During stage one of the competition, applicants will be reviewed based on the merit of past work, professional qualifications and experience. In phase two shortlisted artists will be required to submit an artwork concept proposal and model.

The public art concept will be selected by an independent committee made up of visual arts professionals, community representatives and town staff. The project will be awarded in September, installed during the summer of 2018 and unveiled when the Trafalgar Park Community Centre opens to the public in September 2018.

Oakville Arena, located at 133 Rebecca Street, was originally built in 1950 and has served as a community hub for more than six decades. It’s also one of only four remaining arenas in Ontario with a distinctive wooden truss roof system designed by Norman Otto Hipel, an Ontario politician and builder who patented the roof system in 1928. Following extensive public consultation, Council approved a resident-supported plan to revitalize and expand the facility while maintaining its historical features.

The project will expand the existing Oakville Arena to a 65,500 square foot community centre while retaining the arena’s wooden roof trusses. The community centre will include an NHL-size ice pad, a seniors’ centre, public meeting space, fitness centre, full-size gymnasium, and an indoor running track. Trafalgar Park will feature a fully accessible playground with a shade structure, a double tennis court that will be converted into an artificial outdoor rink in the winter, and exterior washroom facilities.

For more information visit our Public Art and Exhibitions page.


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Town seeking input into proposed residential rental licensing by-law

Friday, May 5, 2017 – for immediate release

Town seeking input into proposed residential rental licensing by-law

Community Consultation: Learn more and have your say at May 16 open house

If you rent or lease out a house, a low-rise apartment (3-storeys or less), or even a room in your home, the Town of Oakville wants to hear from you. Community members are invited to an open house on Tuesday, May 16 to provide input into a proposed by-law to license residential rental housing. The goal of the proposed by-law is to ensure low-rise residential housing is safe, suitable and well maintained.

In developing the residential rental licensing by-law, the town wants to consider both the needs of property owners and residents looking for rental housing. Once approved, the by-law will expand the town’s licensing program to include those who rent or lease out a house, a low-rise apartment, or a room in a home.

“The current regulations don’t address many of the issues raised by residents in neighbourhoods that have been impacted by residential rental housing,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton “We are hoping to develop a by-law that will help the town enhance the health and safety of tenants while protecting and maintaining the stability of residential areas.”

During the open house landlords and tenants will learn about the proposed by-law’s rules and regulations and the different classes of licenses — whole home, non-owner occupied, owner occupied and lodging house. Staff will be on hand to answer questions and record feedback which will help develop the final by-law for Council to review in October.

The May 16 open house takes place in the Oakville/Palermo rooms at Town Hall, 1225 Trafalgar Road. Community members can drop in any time between 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

If you have any accessibility needs, please contact Margaret Boswell by Tuesday, May 9 at 905-845-6601 ext. 3350 (TTY: 905-338-4200) or margaret.boswell@oakville.ca. If preferred, residents can fill in the accessible feedback form on oakville.ca.

Anyone unable to attend the open house is encouraged to share their comments by emailing enforcementservices@oakville.ca. You can also follow the town on Twitter and Facebook and use the hashtag #YourRentYourVoice

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Council moves Former Hospital Site Project into the next phase

Community Workshop on land use options scheduled for June 1

At a Special Meeting on Tuesday night concerning the redevelopment of the former Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital lands, Council approved the five-year review of the Parks, Recreation, Libraries Facilities Master Plan (Master Plan) and directed staff to report back on a parks and open space strategy to address issues and opportunities for future park acquisition. Council also received three staff reports on the former hospital site project including a financial overview, information on the new Southeast Oakville Community Centre, and proposed options for the overall site master plan.

Council gave staff the green light to seek public feedback on three land use options for the site. Staff will report back to Council on the results of the community consultation process at the June 27 Special Meeting of Council. Council also referred a final decision on the community centre’s base funding and program enhancements to the June 27 meeting and requested staff to report back on potential sponsorship opportunities for the centre.

“Oakville is one step closer to adding yet another community centre and even more parkland with the redevelopment of the former hospital site,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “Now, we’re looking for input from residents as we decide how best to arrange the parking garage, community centre, park and residential development on these lands.”

Residents from across Oakville are invited to share their feedback on the proposed land use concepts for the overall site at a June 1 community workshop. In the meantime, residents can also email their feedback to formerhospitalsite@oakville.ca. An online discussion forum will be coming out later in May.

While all three land use concepts include the community centre, a park and residential development, the arrangement is slightly different in each options. The concepts also adhere to a number of key principles derived from earlier public feedback and the town’s Official Plan such as placing the new community centre close to a park and the existing parking garage; incorporating a “green connection” for pedestrian access through the site; conserving heritage aspects of the former Oakville-Trafalgar High School (OTHS); protecting the Chimney Swift colony; as well as ensuring new development is compatible with the neighbouring community and consistent with the Livable Oakville Plan policies.

Council also heard from staff about several potential community centre enhancements that were identified during public consultation. The most frequently requested items and their potential costs include: expansion of the single gym to a double gym ($450,000); therapeutic warm-water pool ($2,340,000); fitness centre ($2,460,000) 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. Council referred the decision on the base funding and the optional program enhancements to the June 27 Special Meeting of Council.

While not recommended in the Master Plan, members of the Oakville Aquatics Club spoke at the meeting requesting a 50 meter pool for the community centre. Town Council asked they return to Council with financing associated with their request as well as fundraising potential.

Background

The former site of the Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (OTMH) was part of the town’s overall 2013 South Central Public Lands Study (SCPLS) which reviewed a number of key sites owned by the town in south central Oakville (e.g. surplus school sites, Oakville Arena) and made recommendations about their future use, including recreation uses. The town is working with community partners to create a vibrant new community centre, park, and future residential areas site to meet the needs of Oakville residents.

This summer contractors will begin site preparation for the safe demolition of the former hospital and Helen Lawson buildings. The overall demolition and site remediation will take approximately 12 months to complete. Development of the new community centre will begin in late 2018 with an opening scheduled for fall 2020.

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Oakville Transit introduces improved routes, more frequent service and better connections

Service improvements part of five year plan designed to increase ridership

Oakville Transit buses will be running on improved routes with more frequent schedules, shorter wait times and better connections to GO trains and Burlington and Mississauga bus routes starting on September 4, 2016.

“Bus service is expanding and wait times are decreasing, demonstrating the town’s commitment to providing a quality, cost-efficient transit service,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “Oakville’s new routes and real-time bus tracking technology will make commuting by bus more convenient than ever.”

The changes are part of phase one of a five-year service plan designed to significantly improve the bus riding experience for existing customers while attracting new riders. The service plan is based on a comprehensive review of transit services and programs as well as significant public consultation.

“Research and public feedback helped us determine the routes, destinations and services that matter most to our riders and the community, and we’re very excited to offer an improved transit experience that will get people where they need to go, faster and with less waiting,” said Barry Cole, director of Oakville Transit.

Taking the bus to key destinations in Oakville will now be easier. Sheridan College’s Trafalgar Campus will be served by twice as many routes, while the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital will receive an additional route that will take transit customers directly onto the hospital site.

New routes and changes to existing routes will create new connections with Burlington Transit at Appleby GO Station and the GO Transit 407 Park and Ride facility on Dundas west of Walkers Line. There will also be better connections to Mississauga at the Clarkson GO Station and the bus stop at Laird Road and Vega Boulevard.

The service review also identified opportunities to make Transit’s route network more efficient by removing six routes with low ridership – routes 2, 5A, 21, 22, 25 and 32.

“Although some routes will no longer exist, customers will still be able to get to their destination using alternate routes,” explained Cole. “And by reallocating funding and resources to higher demand routes, we’re ensuring transit service remains affordable for riders and taxpayers.”

The Home to Hub Service is another example of cost-effective transit service for the town. Home to Hub uses existing smaller capacity buses to provide early access to transit in the newly developed neighbourhoods north of Dundas Street. Customers who book their trip in advance get picked up at the end of their driveway and taken to the nearest transit hub to complete their trip.

A complete list of service changes along with bus routes and schedules is available on the Oakville Transit website. The website complements the Oakville Transit mobile app which allows users to track their bus in real time, access bus maps, commonly used bus stops and arrival alerts.


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Access results for the 2016 Ward 2 by-election online

Monday, April 11, 2016 – for immediate release

Access results for the 2016 Ward 2 by-election online

Unofficial results will be available after 8 p.m. on April 11, 2016

Unofficial results from the 2016 Ward 2 by-election will be available on the Elections page after voting closes on Monday, April 11 (after 8 p.m.). The unofficial results will also be displayed in the South Atrium at Town Hall, 1225 Trafalgar Road, and members of the public are welcome to view results in person.

Residents are reminded that results reported on election night are unofficial. Official election results will be posted on the Elections page by Thursday, April 14, 2016.

For more information about the 2016 Ward 2 by-election, visit the Elections page.


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Town shares proposed design for Oakville Arena and Trafalgar Park

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 – for immediate release

Town shares proposed design for Oakville Arena and Trafalgar Park

Residents invited to public information meeting on April 13, 2016

Oakville residents are invited to attend a public meeting on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 to provide feedback on the proposed design for the redevelopment of Oakville Arena and Trafalgar Park.

“During previous consultations, the community made it very clear that Oakville Arena should be revitalized in a way that maintains its historical features and we’re very excited to share a design proposal that respects the site’s rich heritage while addressing the future needs of the community it serves,” said Nina de Vaal, director of the town’s Recreation and Culture department.

The Oakville Arena located at 133 Rebecca Street was originally built in 1950 and has served as a community hub for more than six decades. It’s also one of only four remaining arenas in Ontario with a distinctive wooden truss roof system designed by Norman Otto Hipel, an Ontario politician and builder who patented the roof system in 1928.

Along with an expanded arena facility with an NHL-size ice surface, the proposed design includes a running track, a new seniors’ centre, administrative offices, a gymnasium and a new Kinsmen Pine Room for public meetings and events. The redevelopment project also includes relocating the fire hall and all associated parking and outdoor amenities.

Residents are encouraged to attend one of two public information sessions on Wednesday, April 13, 2016:

3 to 5 p.m. or 7 to 9 p.m.
Oakville Arena (Kinsmen Pine Room)
133 Rebecca Street, Oakville
Note: Presentations will begin at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Presentation materials will be available on the Oakville Arena redevelopment page from April 14 to 24, 2016. Residents who cannot attend a meeting in person are invited to share their comments by emailing oakvillearena@oakville.ca.


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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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Public invited to help plan the future of fire services in Oakville

Thursday, October 01, 2015 – for immediate release

Public invited to help plan the future of fire services in Oakville

Share your input at October 8 public meeting or through online survey

The Town of Oakville is developing a Fire Master Plan to ensure that fire services meet the future needs of the growing community. Members of the public are invited to share their ideas at a community open house on Thursday, October 8, 2015 or through a short survey.

“Community input is critical to ensure a long-term sustainable approach to fire services in Oakville,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “I encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity and participate in public consultation to help shape the future of fire services in town.”

The Fire Master Plan study includes an assessment of the 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.

Once finalized and approved by Council, the Fire Master Plan will guide the town’s fire department for the next five to 10 years in providing fire protection and emergency services.

“Oakville is a growing community and it’s important that we plan ahead in order to meet the demands of that growth while providing the highest level of fire protection services in the most fiscally responsible and efficient manner possible,” said Oakville Fire Chief, Lee Grant.

The community open house on October 8, 2015 will take place from 6-8 p.m. in the Bronte Room of Town Hall at 1225 Trafalgar Road. A presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. Those unable to attend the meeting but interested in providing input are encouraged to do so through a short online survey.


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What’s happening at Town Hall – September 28 to October 2, 2015

Friday, September 25, 2015 – for immediate release

What’s happening at Town Hall – September 28 to October 2, 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 September 28 to October 2, 2015.

September 29

Appeals Committee 
Location: Town Hall, Trafalgar Room, 2–3:30 p.m.

Committee of Adjustment 
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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