Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - for immediate release

Have your say on town’s preliminary options for Downtown Plan

April 12, 2014, Downtown Plan open house and workshop to focus on preliminary options and evaluation criteria

After several months of public consultation, preliminary options are on the table for discussion at the next Downtown Plan open house and workshop scheduled for Saturday, April 12, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Town Hall.

Residents and business owners from across the Oakville community are invited to join the Downtown Plan discussion as study consultants share their preliminary options for a downtown cultural hub, changes to downtown streets and improvements to Towne Square.

“When we launched the Downtown Plan, we asked you to dream,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “We’ve collected lots of great ideas that have contributed to the makeup of preliminary options and we invite you to join the conversation and shape the future of our downtown. Together we need to take the next step and review the options for the downtown cultural hub and streetscape.”

The open house starts at 8:30 a.m. to give residents an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the Downtown Plan and ask questions of town staff. At 9 a.m. the study consultants will share a brief presentation on the Downtown Plan, followed by two workshop sessions — one at 9:25 a.m. and the second at 10:45 a.m. Each session will feature a Downtown Cultural Hub Study workshop and a Transportation and Streetscape Study workshop.

“All the public and stakeholder meetings that we’ve held throughout this project have been critical in getting us to this point,” said Jane Clohecy, commissioner of Community Development for the town. “But we’re not done yet. We have only started to form preliminary concepts. We need to hear from as many residents and business owners from across our community as possible in order to get a balanced voice in shaping the future of our downtown core.”

Opinions, comments and ideas from the April 12, 2014, workshop will help the study team refine the preliminary options and test them against a critical set of evaluation criteria in order to present a set of options to the public in June. Town staff will present a complete set of options to Council in July.

To RSVP for the April 12, 2014, open house and workshop, email downtownplan@oakville.ca or leave a message at 905-338-4710.

The Town of Oakville will continue to engage the business community and residents, and together, we can continue to build a community that embraces culture, supports beautiful streets, strengthens commerce, and encourages each of us to make a difference. The Downtown Plan inspires us to believe, connects us to people and places, and protects the past while providing for the future.

For more information visit the Downtown Plan page.

If you have any accessibility needs, please let us know by contacting us at downtownplan@oakville.ca, by phone at 905-338-4710, or by filling out the accessible online feedback form.


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