Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Plan Study Options

After extensive public consultation, the Downtown Transportation Study was approved by Town Council in April 2015. 

As part of this public consultation, the town asked for your comments and suggestions on preferred options for the street network master plan, Lakeshore Road, Towne Square and streetscape furnishings and finishes. 

For more information please visit the Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study page.

Lakeshore Road Options

The three options below were evaluated as part of the DTS study. During the latter part of the public consultation process, the project team developed a hybrid version Option 2A which included "in-line" bike sharrows to the cross section. Council approved Lakeshore Road option 2A in April 2015.

Towne Square Options

Towne Square is a small urban park area at the core of the downtown area and within the Downtown Oakville Heritage Conservation District. While owned and maintained by the town, it has an identity that is related to the BIA and the stores that front onto the space. Towne Square is currently characterized by a central lawn area, a clock tower, several trees, and a paved plaza area. The square was constructed in the early 1990s and is need of a facelift. The majority of the square is built over top of an underground parking garage. There are also public washrooms attached to the facility.

As a defining element in downtown Oakville. It has been shaped by a diverse mix of users, prominent town-wide events, and a range of experiences that combine to make a great urban square. Its character is also defined by its role as an event location. Moving forward, the Towne Square needs to continue to cater to a variety of programming interests and provide a high quality public space for the benefit of residents, businesses, and visitors. It will be a place to celebrate the rich diversity of Oakville. This aspiration – to be realized through a meaningful and thoughtful redesign – begins with these initial concept plans. Please let us know what elements you like or dislike.

During the DTS study, three concepts were presented with the intention of developing a preferred concept. During the development process, it became evident that with the on-going Downtown Cultural Hub Study (DCH), it would be difficult to define a preferred option with the uses of Centenial Square being unknown. Work will resume after the completion of the DCH Study.

Downtown Streetscape Master Plan Options

The two options below which include the proposed street classification system (as in the legend), were evaluated as part of the DTS study and staff recommended Downtown Streetscape Master Plan 1. Council approved the master plan in April 2015. 


Downtown Site Furnishings Options

Site furnishings (benches, bollards, bike rings, recycling stations, lights) will help to define the character of downtown. Choosing an appropriate suite of site furnishings is an important step in the street design process. The family of furnishings that were evaultaed as part od the DTS Study were traditional, contemporary or classic. 

The three options below were evaluated as part of the DTS study and staff recommended a contemporary palette of materials. Council approved the contemporary palette of materials in April 2015. On July 25, 2016, Town Council passed a motion directing staff to recommence a public engagement process this fall with traditional, classical and contemporary furniture options — streetlights, benches, bike rings and bollards — for the project. Visit the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape page for more details.