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Published on Monday, December 18, 2017

Oakville council passes BIA growth requests

Council grants requests from public for minor adjustments to the 3 minor growth nodes

Oakville council passes BIA growth requests
Oakville's official plan directs growth to six growth areas to protect stable established neighbourhoods from inappropriate and unwelcome intensification

Oakville Town Hall. - Oakville Beaver file photo

Oakville’s Planning and Development Council voted Dec. 5 to approve a series of official plan amendments, which will update growth area policies for the Kerr Village, Bronte Village and Downtown Oakville.

The changes will alter how the town accommodates growth and builds upon the unique character of these three main street areas.

The Official Plan Amendments will go to the Region of Halton for approval.

“These amendments provide a framework for sound planning decisions about where we live, work and play, which will ensure the continued vibrancy of our main streets,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton.

Town staff noted Growth Area Reviews access the town’s six existing growth areas — Kerr Village, Bronte Village, and Downtown Oakville as well as Uptown Core, Palermo Village and Midtown Oakville — to determine where there may be opportunities to accommodate additional residents and jobs.

The studies of Kerr Village, Bronte Village and Downtown Oakville were done first and included extensive public consultation.

While a specific amendment is proposed for each of the three main street growth areas, the overall effect of the updates include:

•New and revised urban design policies and mapping to enhance urban design objectives to guide and shape the character of these unique areas;

•Updated land use designations to permit greater development opportunities at key locations;

•Adjusted growth area boundaries.

Town staff is moving on to the next group of growth area reviews and will be studying Midtown Oakville, Palermo Village and Uptown Core throughout 2018.

The town’s Official Plan Review project is reviewing all of the town’s land use policies to ensure alignment with the most current provincial legislation and policies as well as local studies.

An official plan is a legal document containing goals, objectives and policies intended to guide land use, development and growth in a municipality.

The Planning Act requires a review of the official plan every five years.

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Author: Mayor Rob Burton

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