Town of Oakville receives two Excellence in Planning awards

Monday, July 26, 2010 – for immediate release

Town of Oakville receives two Excellence in Planning awards

The Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) has awarded the Town of Oakville an Excellence in Planning award for the Plan for Kerr Village and a second Excellence in Planning award to the Town of Oakville, Macaulay Shiomi Howson Ltd. and Brook McIlroy Inc. for the North Oakville Secondary Plans Implementation Strategy.

The Excellence in Planning awards recognize innovation, creativity, professionalism, problem-solving and communications in a planning project. These awards demonstrate a high level of distinction and formal recognition in the profession of planning in Ontario.

“I am very proud of the way our Planning staff met the challenge to create a new Official Plan that truly expresses the vision our community has for carefully controlled growth,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “The awards from the Ontario Professional Planners Institute herald our new approach to planning that will help us realize our vision of becoming the most livable town in Canada.”

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 town will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Guelph, Ontario on October 28, 2010. The ceremony is part of the 2010 symposium of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute.

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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Media contact:

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

Gisèle Shaw
Manager, Corporate Communications
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3166
gshaw@oakville.ca


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Town of Oakville receives two Excellence in Planning awards