Midtown Strategy

Vision

The goal of the Midtown Strategy is to encourage investment in this area’s transformation into a vibrant and vertical urban centre for people to live and work.

Background

The Livable Oakville Plan was unanimously adopted by Council on June 22, 2009, approved with modifications by Halton Region on November 30, 2009, and ultimately approved by the Ontario Municipal Board on May 10, 2011. The plan provides a vision and policies for Midtown Oakville — the urban growth centre surrounding the Oakville GO Station — to become home for about 12,000 people and 8,000 jobs by 2031. A number of additional projects are required to confirm and refine this vision, and to identify tools and measures to provide for its implementation.

Summary

The Midtown Strategy consists of three major studies: the Midtown Oakville Class Environmental Assessment, Midtown Oakville Parking Strategy, and Designing Midtown Oakville (urban design guidelines). The recommendations of these studies shall inform updates to the Livable Oakville Plan and Zoning By-law 2014-014 to continue to support the long-term redevelopment of lands in Midtown Oakville. Additional implementation tools (such as a community improvement plan) will be explored and reported on.

All of these projects aim to secure Midtown Oakville as the premiere locale for intensification for many years.

Draft Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments

The proposed amendments implement recommendations of the studies related to the transportation network, parking and urban design.

The primary effect of the proposed official plan amendment will be to introduce new policies related to transportation, stormwater management, parking, urban design, land uses, building heights, bonussing, and implementation. Changes are also proposed to the schedules that would show the updated transportation network and redesignation of a number of properties.

The primary effect of the proposed zoning by-law amendment is to replace the Midtown Transition Zones of Zoning By-law 2014-014 with a new set of use permissions, form-based regulations, and parking standards, plus associated mapping. The proposed new zoning provides as-of-right permissions for redevelopment of lands in Midtown Oakville, subject to the removal of a holding provision on the property.

The proposed official plan and zoning by-law amendments are expected to be considered by Council for approval in early 2015.

Public consultation

A statutory public meeting under the Planning Act was held on May 27, 2014 for Council to receive public input on the draft official plan and zoning by-law amendments. That meeting was the first step in a public consultation process that will be carried out through 2014.

Midtown Strategy Open House, June 11, 2014 (pdf)

Everything remains under review for this project and all recommendations are subject to change based on further review and analysis by staff. Comments may be submitted to the address below.

Midtown area property owners may contact the Midtown Strategy team to arrange a meeting to discuss site-specific issues.

Contact

If you have any questions or comments about the draft amendments, or wish to be added to the Midtown Strategy mailing list, please contact:

Midtown Strategy Team
Planning Services
Town of Oakville
1225 Trafalgar Road
Oakville ON L6H 0H3
905-845-6601 ext. 3261
Midtown@oakville.ca