Residential Development

Review of Land Use Design Options

On May 2, 2017 Council gave staff the green light to seek public feedback on three sample land use options for the former Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital site.

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. 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

Public input - Thank you for your feedback!

These were simply our initial design options to start our conversation with you and we invited residents to work with us on coming up with the best option for our community.

The town held a community workshop on June 1 to gather public feedback and invited residents to share their ideas through an online discussion forum until June 2.

The Community Workshop on June 1 was very well attended and the town wants to thank everyone who took the time to come out to participate in our roundtable discussions and provide such valuable input. Thank you also to all the great feedback we received online.

We had incredibly diverse options shared with us about what is liked and disliked about each option as well as suggestions on how each option could be refined or strengthened. Town staff will now be reviewing all the comments received to develop a recommendation to present at the Special Meeting of Council on June 27, 2017.  If you want to register as a delegate at the Special Council meeting, please email townclerk@oakville.ca or call 905-845-6601, ext 4235

Sample land use options

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

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.