Wednesday, February 24, 2016
The town is moving forward with a much needed project to reconstruct Lakeshore Road and is looking for more public input as it plans the future streetscape for downtown Oakville.
On March 1, 2016 residents are invited to attend a public meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. at Town Hall and share their feedback on various material and furniture choices planned for downtown and to learn more about the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Project.
“Council’s focus is to ensure that Oakville continues to have an attractive, vibrant and economically-stable downtown,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “We truly value the feedback from our residents and business owners — it sets the stage for a streetscape design that will help revitalize our downtown.”
With Lakeshore Road East (Navy Street to Allan Street) coming to the end of its lifespan and needing a major reconstruction, the town undertook extensive research and public consultation to identify broader opportunities to improve traffic, beautify streets and improve pedestrian/cycle ways in the downtown. In October 2015, Council approved the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Project as part of the Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study (DTS) study, which included a contemporary theme for the downtown streetscape design.
At the March 1, 2016 public meeting, residents will learn about the streetscape design process and check out some of the furniture and material choices such as pavers, benches, bike rings, recycling stations and lights, and share their thoughts on what they like best. The chosen furnishings and materials will be used as part of the Lakeshore Road Bridge (over Sixteen Mile Creek) rehabilitation which may begin as early as 2017, the Lakeshore Road reconstruction slated to start in 2019, and going forward as other streets in downtown Oakville are reconstructed.
For anyone who can’t make the meeting, the town has an online photo library of the two contemporary palettes of materials and furnishings. Visitors can scroll through the photos then share their thoughts. Online feedback will be open until March 18.
Another public meeting will take place this spring to present the final selections before moving forward with a creating a final detailed design.
“Public consultation has been critical over the last couple of years and we’re not done,” said Dan Cozzi, director of Engineering and Construction. “Asking the public for their feedback on furnishings and street materials is an important step in the street design process and we look forward to hearing from you. Moving forward on this project, we’ll be having conversations on how to minimize the construction impact on downtown businesses, residents and visitors.”
The DTS, along with the Downtown Culture Hub Study (DCH), make up the town’s exciting Downtown Plan which aims to create an attractive, active, animated and vibrant downtown that will bring people together while maintaining the beautiful historic downtown streetscape.
The DCH is exploring opportunities to create cultural and performing arts spaces and new riverfront park that will become the cultural, social, and economic heart of our community. Staff is undertaking further research and public consultation on these potential DCH opportunities before reporting back to Council later this year.
For more information, visit the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Project page.