Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study

Image of DTS option.The Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study (DTS) assessed the current traffic and roadway conditions in downtown Oakville and created recommendations to enhance the roadways, beautify streets, improve pedestrian/cycle ways and revitalize the Towne Square, by introducing design standards as well as increasing connectivity, mobility and accessibility.

Study update and next steps

Lakeshore Road reconstruction project and downtown Oakville two-way traffic conversion

Town Council's approval of the DTS in April 2015 initiated the process for the Lakeshore Road reconstruction project. As part of the master plan approval, the two-way conversion of all streets in downtown Oakville will also take place.

Please visit the Lakeshore Road reconstruction and streetscape project page as well as the downtown Oakville two-way conversion project page.

DTS study Approval:

Extensive public consultation on the different options for Lakeshore Road, the streetscape master plan as well as the theme for the site furnishings and finishes took place in 2014-2015. Staff presented the preferred options to Council in March, 2015. Council approved the recommendations from the Downtown Transportation and Streetscape study in April 2015. View a copy of the DTS final report (pdf, MB)

Staff reported back to Council in November 2015 on the Lakeshore Road construction phasing alternatives, as well a business review study to determine the ability of a new parking structure to attract both short term and long term patrons, recommendations on how the town may ensure its success, and funding for a new parking garage. Council approved the timing for the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction project to commence in 2019 and be completed over a two year period. In addition, the Lakeshore Road bridge over Sixteen Mile Creek will be rehabilitated in 2017. 


Planning and Development Council Agenda for April 13
Draft DTS final report (pdf, 21.8 MB)
Draft DTS final report appendix (pdf, 25.9 MB)
Downtown Parking Garage Feasibility Study (pdf, 8.7 MB)

Lakeshore Road Construction Mitigation

In addition, the Town of Oakville will develop a mitigation strategy, prior to the start of the Lakeshore Road construction in downtown Oakville, to minimize the construction impact on business, shoppers and visitors. This backgrounder reflects the findings from neighbouring municipalities that the DTS team visited to better understand how each municipality prepared for and handled the reconstruction of their downtown main streets.

Review the Lakeshore Road Construction Mitigation Backgrounder. (pdf, 2.8 MB)

Staff reports

March 10, 2015 Planning and Development Council agenda
July 7, 2014 Planning and Development Council agenda
The Transportation Study conducted by Hatch Mott MacDonald (pdf, 11.3 MB)
The Downtown Economic Health Assessment Report conducted by JC Williams Group (pdf, 7 MB)

Past presentation materials and videos

If you were unable to attend one of the past workshops or meetings, please visit our Engagement page for details. Visit YouTube for Downtown Plan videos.

Halton Insider TVCOGECO, April 1, 2015 - Oakville's DTS Study

Related studies

The town’s Vision 2057 brings together all of the town’s master plans and other key planning initiatives. The Downtown Plan is one of the major projects in Vision 2057, but there are several smaller projects that inform and help influence the decision-making process for the Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study.

Commercial District Parking Study
Downtown Oakville Heritage Conservation District
Downtown Oakville Strategic Action Plan
Downtown Oakville Strategic Review
Town purchases downtown Post Office, 197 Church Street
Urban Design Manual

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