South Central Public Lands Study

The South Central Public Lands Study (SCPLS) was a comprehensive land use study focused on three surplus school sites (Brantwood, Chisholm and Linbrook Public Schools), the Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital site, and the Oakville Arena site, including the surrounding Trafalgar Park.

There are a number of projects related to the implementation of the land use concepts for the five sites studied:

Background

The purpose of the study was to:

  • determine the ability to fit any recreational needs established in the Parks, Recreation and Library Facilities Master Plan (pdf, 2 MB) on the sites
  • identify other public or community needs that may be accommodated on the sites
  • define a preferred land use option for each of the sites included in the study

The study was conducted by town planning staff; the comprehensive technical analysis of the preliminary land use options was completed with the support of The Planning Partnership and their team, which included N. Barry Lyon Consultants and MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects.

On March 18, 2013, after almost a year of extensive public consultation, Council received the final study report. At the Planning and Development Council meeting on April 8, 2013:

  • The recommended land use option for the Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (OTMH) site was endorsed in principle, but recognized that a final plan could not be completed until the town took ownership of the site and completed all the required environmental, heritage, building condition and detailed land use studies.
  • The recommended land use options for the Brantwood and Chisholm school sites were endorsed.
  • Consideration of the recommended land use option for the Linbrook school site was deferred so Council could review an offer to purchase the property. Ultimately, a portion of the property, including the school building, was sold to a private school for boys.  The wooded area was retained as a park.
  • The town facilities proposed within the SCPLS recommendations, such as the community centre, pool and park space, have been considered as part of the 10-year capital budget forecast.

Contact

Diane Childs, Manager, Policy Planning
Planning Services department
905-845-6601, ext. 3986
diane.childs@oakville.ca

Public consultation

Planning & Development Council - April 8, 2013
Council endorsed the staff recommended land use options for the Brantwood and Chisholm school sites, and the OTMH site (in principle), and directed staff to proceed with implementation. Consideration of the recommendation for the Linbrook school site was deferred. The full text of the decision is provided below.

Planning & Development Council - March 18, 2013
Council received the final study report (which included staff recommended land use options, implementation options, and public comments) and deferred further consideration of the matter to the April 8, 2013.

SCPLS Open House - February 12, 2013 (pdf, 546 kB)
About 175 residents attended the open house to review the analyses of the preliminary land use options, plus the preferred land use options, for the three school sites and the OTMH site. The information displayed at the open house is provided below in a printer-friendly format.

SCPLS open house - December 5, 2012
About 230 residents attended the open house to review and evaluate preliminary land use options for the three school sites and the OTMH site.

SCPLS Survey - June/July 2012
Over 550 people submitted responses to the South Central Survey on behalf of their households. The responses to the questions related to the Parks, Recreation and Library Facilities Master Plan were provided to the team responsible for that project.

SCPLS Study Information Night - June 21, 2012
Public consultation for the SCPLS and the Parks, Recreation and Library Facilities Master Plan, as it relates to Wards 2 and 3, was coordinated in May and June, 2012.

Subcommittee

All aspects of the study were reported through a Council subcommittee comprised of the Mayor and Councillors Bird, Damoff, Duddeck and Gittings. The subcommittee met seven times during the course of the study and received reports and presentations regarding preliminary directions, preliminary land use options, public engagement, preferred land use options, and finally, staff recommended land use options.

Reports & presentations

The following items were presented to the Council Subcommittee for the SCPLS.

Planning

Parks/recreation