Town of Oakville Council accepts two Excellence in Planning awards

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 – for immediate release

Town of Oakville Council accepts two Excellence in Planning awards

Oakville Town Council was presented with two Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) Excellence in Planning awards at last night’s Council meeting.

The town received the awards for the Plan for Kerr Village and the North Oakville Secondary Plans Implementation Strategy. The town was recognized for its innovation, creativity, professionalism, problem-solving and communications in planning a sustainable community.

“Council’s vision for Oakville is to be the most livable town in Canada and so how we manage growth in our town is a priority in reaching that goal,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Our Planning Services staff met the challenge to create a new official plan that truly expresses the vision our community has for carefully controlled growth. These awards acknowledge that hard work and we are appreciative of the recognition.”

The Plan for Kerr Village is one of six major studies that shaped the town’s official plan — the Livable Oakville Plan. Kerr Village is an aging mixed-use area that is linked to the town’s historic downtown by Lakeshore Road. The policies for this plan were built on years of revitalization planning, the community vision from the 2004 Kerr Village Revitalization Study, and extensive consultation with neighbourhood residents and business owners. The project was truly community driven and exemplifies a high level of communication and public engagement.

The North Oakville Secondary Plans Implementation Strategy represents a model of sustainable development and social diversity to reflect new urban principles. A key focus of this project was to ensure that the vision and policies of the plan were translated into reality. The town identified the need to develop a comprehensive implementation strategy which would ensure a dramatic change in its approach to development. The North Oakville Secondary Plans Implementation Strategy includes a completely new set of standards and procedures that address zoning, urban design, roads, transit, parking, trails, sustainability and parks. The North Oakville Secondary Plans were designed to balance the preservation of natural resources with a sustainable, transit-supportive urban community.

The Ontario Professional Planners Institute is the recognized voice of the province’s planning profession. OPPI provides leadership on policy related to planning, development, the environment, and related issues. As the Ontario affiliate of the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP), OPPI represents approximately 3,000 practising planners across the province and approximately 500 student members.

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For more information

Dana Anderson
Director, Planning Services
Town of Oakville
905-815-6020
danderson@oakville.ca


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Town of Oakville Council accepts two Excellence in Planning awards