Town’s Livable Oakville Plan receives approval from OMB

The Livable Oakville Plan, the town’s new official plan, received approval from the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) today. The plan directs growth to identified Growth Areas while protecting the town’s stable residential neighbourhoods, greenspaces and employment lands to 2031. Moving forward, this plan will guide land use planning decisions in Oakville.

“Council is pleased with today’s decision to move forward with the town’s Livable Oakville Plan,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “The success of this plan is not only in the development of policies that are defensible, clear and concise, but in the overwhelming involvement of stakeholders and residents in the design of the plan throughout the entire process. This approval allows us to direct growth to meet our vision of being the most livable town in Canada.”

Growth Areas have been clearly identified in the plan as Midtown Oakville, Uptown Core, Palermo, Bronte and Kerr Villages, and Downtown. Planned growth in these areas will preserve, enhance and protect the distinct character, cultural heritage, living environment and sense of community of neighbourhoods.

The policies in the new plan will enhance the town’s natural, cultural, social and economic environments by ensuring that environmental sustainability, cultural vibrancy, economic prosperity and social well-being are incorporated into growth and development decisions.

“This is an enormous success for the town,” said Dana Anderson, the town’s director of Planning Services. The community’s vision and objectives for directing growth to the Growth Areas and protecting stable residential areas is now recognized and approved. The plan sets the policies under which new development applications will be evaluated.”

The Livable Oakville Plan conforms to the Provincial Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and the Provincial Policy Statement and was completed within the provincial time frame. The plan was shaped by six major studies, several background technical studies and extensive public consultation. Town Council unanimously approved the Livable Oakville Plan in June 2009.

Next steps to implement the Livable Oakville Plan include addressing some remaining site specific appeals, preparing a new comprehensive zoning by-law and developing new urban design guidelines and community improvement plans. The implementation work will be completed over the next few years.

Visit the Livable Oakville Plan page to find out more about the plan and progress on its implementation.


For more information

Dana Anderson
Director, Planning Services
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 6020

Mary Jo Milhomens
Senior Communications Advisor
Town of Oakville

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Town’s Livable Oakville Plan receives approval from OMB