Residential Development

Public input invited! Review of Land Use Design Options

On May 2, 2017 Council gave staff the green light to seek public feedback on three preliminary land use options for the former Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital site. Staff will report back to Council on the results of the community consultation process at the June 27 Special Meeting of Council.

All the potential options shown below include the community centre, a park, the parking garage, the former Oakville Trafalgar High School, and residential development, but the arrangement is slightly different in each.

What do you think?

These are simply our initial design options to start our conversation with you. Let’s work together on coming up with the best option for our community. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each option? How might a land use option be refined or strengthened? Tell us what you think.

Public consultation about community centre amenities (i.e. fitness centre  gym and multi-purpose rooms) was conducted in March 2017. Council referred a final decision on the community centre’s base funding and additional program enhancements to the June 27 Special Council Meeting. Visit the Community Centre and Neighbourhood Park page for details.

Attend our Community Workshop - June 1 at Town Hall

  • Overview presentation - Council Chambers, 7 p.m.
  • Roundtable discussions - Oakville, Trafalgar, Bronte and Palermo Rooms, 7:45 – 9 p.m.
  • RSVP by May 29, 2017: 905-845-6601, ext 3163 or email formerhospitalsite@oakville.ca

Share Your Ideas Online

Please review the land use options below and share your thoughts on our online Idea Forums until June 2.

Image of former hospital site land use option 1.

1. Modified 2013 Concept

Image of former hospital site land use option 2.
2. Westerly Community Centre

Image of former hospital site land use option 3.
3. Northerly Community Centre

These options also adhere to a number of key parameters derived from earlier public feedback and the town’s Official Plan.

Parameters

  • placing the new 4,180 square metre community centre with a direct connection to an adjacent park and within close proximity to the existing parking garage
  • incorporating a “green connection” for pedestrian access through the site
  • conserving heritage aspects of the former Oakville-Trafalgar High School (OTHS). While there may be opportunities for the re-use of the building, the OTHS is static in all of the options given its heritage significance
  • protecting the Chimney Swift colony in the former highschool as per the Endangered Species Act, 2007
  • ensuring new development is compatible with the neighbouring community and consistent with the Livable Oakville Plan policies, which provides direction to limit density to a maximum of 29 units per hectare
  • potential opportunity for seniors housing to be explored through public consultation

Background

At the conclusion of the South Central Public Lands Study in April 2013, an overall concept for the redevelopment of the former hospital site was endorsed in principle by Council. The concept included a new community centre and park on the southern portion of the site, and a mix of potential residential and medical uses on the northern portion. It was understood that a detailed plan (e.g., unit types and numbers, urban design) could not be finalized until the town had possession of the site and a number of required technical studies could be completed.

The town’s priority is planning for the new south east community centre and park, including building demolitions and site preparation.

While the Livable Oakville Plan identifies the former hospital site as a Potential Residential Intensification Area and sets out specific policies to be considered, redevelopment will have to be enabled through official plan and zoning by-law amendments. Any plan will go through a rigorous planning process, including opportunity for public input.

Update - Special Council Meeting, May 2, 2017

At the May 2 Special Council Meeting, Council heard the results of the Parks Recreation and Library Master Plan update; the proposed amenities and program requirements for the community centre; and the next steps in the project regarding the overall site planning options.

Council gave staff the green light for staff to seek public feedback on three land use options for the site. A community workshop is scheduled for June 1, 2017. Staff will report back to Council on the results of the community consultation process at a June 27 Special Meeting of Council.

For more information on the May 2 meeting, view the Special Council Agenda.

December 1, 2016 Open House

At the December 1, 2016, open house, residents were invited to share feedback about potential residential uses on the former hospital site.

The town heard residents express an interest for more parkland; in having a nursing home or seniors’ residence on the site, and wanting to see existing trees preserved.

With respect to housing options, some residents expressed a desire for detached, low-density housing and others saw a need for intensification and more affordable residences.

Residents also raised questions about the financing of the overall site development. For answers to these, and other questions, refer to the Former Hospital Site FAQs page.

Former Hospital Site

FAQs

Contact

Questions and concerns may be directed to formerhospitalsite@oakville.ca and responses will be posted on this site for all residents.