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Published on Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Draft changes to Town's Official Plan released

Residents can provide input into how Oakville accommodates growth

Draft changes to Town's Official Plan released
Town Hall
Council considering land use planning rule changes
By Nathan Howes, Oakville Beaver

The Town of Oakville is looking to 2041 in order to plan for required growth.

Following extensive study and public consultations, staff presented Town council with draft Official Plan Amendments Monday, June 12 that would see a newly-revised Urban Structure section introduced into Oakville’s Official Plan – the Livable Oakville Plan.

The draft amendments provide a framework for how the Town will accommodate required growth to 2041, while protecting green spaces and established neighbourhoods from development pressure.

Public input on the draft amendments will be accepted until they go to Council for approval this fall.

Oakville's Official Plan is comprised of the Livable Oakville Plan and the North Oakville East and West Secondary Plans and must be reviewed every five years, according to Ontario’s Planning Act.

“The Town must consider how to accommodate the mandated provincial growth forecast to 2041,” said Mayor Rob Burton.

“A comprehensive urban structure provides us with the high level vision of where to accommodate new growth and sets out the basis for Official Plan policy and for making future planning decisions.”

The Urban Structure Review examined the role of existing and emerging growth areas, such as Midtown Oakville, the Trafalgar Road corridor and the area surrounding the Bronte GO Station.

It also looked at preservation of residential areas and protection of natural and cultural heritage, the relationship between growth areas and delivery of municipal infrastructure and criteria for evaluating new growth areas.

The review was also one of three land use policy studies required to be completed under the Town’s Interim Control Bylaw, which, until January 2018, temporarily restricts land uses on the Glen Abbey golf course.

The draft amendments provide revisions to the North Oakville East and West Secondary plans to align with the changes to the Livable Oakville Plan.

“This review is about trying to define what Oakville will look like decades from now,” said Burton.

Headed to council for decision in the fall, residents are being urged to review the amendments and offer comment.

“If we look ahead 100 years, the town’s core structural elements – our natural heritage system, our residential areas, our nodes for growth and the corridors that connect them — will be still be there, thanks to our commitment and long-range planning,” said Burton.

Documents can be viewed at the Planning Services department at Town Hall between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or on the Town’s website at www.oakville.ca/planoakville/official-plan-review.html.
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