The town's official plan is required to conform to, or be consistent with, the following documents which have been recently approved or amended. The conformity reviews may recommend changes to the town's current official plan policies.
Provincial Policy Statement 2014
On April 30, 2014, the Provincial Policy Statement, 2014 replaced the Provincial Policy Statement, 2005. It provides policy direction on matters of provincial interest (e.g. natural environment, public health and safety) and sets the foundation for regulating the development and use of land in Ontario. All municipal official plans are required to be consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement.
Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe
Municipal official plans within the greater golden horseshoe are required to conform to the Province of Ontario's Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. On June 17, 2013, changes came into effect that extend the Growth Plan's vision, policies, and population and employment targets, from 2031 to 2041. As a result, Halton Region is required to conduct a conformity exercise to accommodate 1 million people and 470,000 jobs by 2041. This also affects the town's growth management strategy for accommodating its share.
The Growth Plan is currently being reviewed as part of the Province of Ontario's Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review. The official plans of Halton Region and the town will have to be brought into conformity with any changes to the Growth Plan.
On January 20, 2013 changes to the Greenbelt Plan came into effect, including new policies about river valleys in urban areas. The Greenbelt Plan is currently being reviewed as part of the Province of Ontario's Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review. The official plans of Halton Region and the town will have to be brought into conformity with any changes to the Greenbelt Plan.
Halton's Regional Official Plan
The 2009 review of the Halton's Regional Official Plan resulted in the adoption of Regional Official Plan Amendment Number 38 (ROPA 38), which was appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board. The majority of ROPA 38 is now in effect including many new general policies and employment targets to 2031.
Halton Region is preparing to begin its next regional official plan review, including an update to its best planning estimates for population and employment.
Employment and Commercial Land
Employment and Commercial Review
The town-wide Employment and Commercial Review is a key component of the official plan review. It will assess the amount, size and location of lands designated to accommodate the town’s long-term employment and commercial needs. A final report is anticipated in 2017, followed by official plan and zoning by-law amendments to implement the recommendations.
For lands within an employment land use designation, conversion to a non-employment designation can only be considered through a municipal comprehensive review such as the Employment and Commercial Review.
Speers Road Corridor Study
The Speers Road Corridor Study will build on work completed through the Employment and Commercial Review to further identify suitable long-term land uses and intensification opportunities along Speers Road that support the corridor's primary function as an Employment Area.
Urban Structure Review
The Town of Oakville is at a moment in time where the community must consider where and how to grow. Instead of developing outward over more greenfield lands, the town needs to determine how best to manage development within the town boundaries. This is the main question that the Urban Structure Review will answer as the town works toward our vision “To be the most livable town in Canada.”
Growth Area Reviews
The Growth Area Reviews will revisit the policies introduced by the Livable Oakville Plan in 2009 to manage growth and change within the six growth areas south of Dundas Street. The "main street" growth areas of Kerr Village, Bronte Village and Downtown Oakville will be studied first to understand development activity, barriers to development, and new opportunities for 'place making.' Conformity with Provincial and Regional plans will also be assessed. New and revised policies will be considered, where necessary.
Stable Residential Neighbourhoods Review
The Stable Residential Neighbourhoods Review will revisit the Livable Oakville policies intended to maintain and protect existing neighbourhood character. Development activity and residential development opportunities will be studied. New and revised policies will be considered, where necessary to support the growth management framework.
North Oakville Secondary Plans Review
The North Oakville East and West Secondary Plans, which apply to the lands north of Dundas Street and south of Highway 407, are part of the town's 2006 Official Plan. They allow for higher density urban development – to accommodate about 55,000 people and 35,000 jobs – on the lands outside of the defined natural heritage and open space system.
The North Oakville Secondary Plans review will recommend modifications to eliminate duplication, improve consistency with the Livable Oakville Plan, and ensure conformity with Provincial and Regional plans, while maintaining the general policy direction of the original documents. The review also aims to consolidate and restructure the secondary plans, and move their policies and schedules into the Livable Oakville Plan.
Discussion Papers and Technical Reviews
Discussion Papers and Technical Reports
Throughout the official plan review, discussion papers and technical reports will be required to focus on certain subjects and emerging issues. Discussion papers will examine the relevance and effectiveness of existing policies for specific land uses or topic areas. The Livable Oakville Council Subcommittee received a work program update at its meeting on June 13, 2016 which shapes how the discussion papers may come forward.
Livable Oakville Council Subcommittee