Old Bronte Road / Khalsa Gate Streetscape Plan

The Old Bronte Road / Khalsa Gate Streetscape Plan provides a vision and design guidance for the main spine of the Palermo Village growth area in northwest Oakville.

The streetscape plan addresses the features of the street, including the location and width of sidewalks and travel lanes for vehicles and bicycles, street furniture (e.g., benches, planters, bike racks and garbage containers) and lighting.

Old Bronte Road / Khalsa Gate Streetscape Plan, April 2012
Staff Report: Old Bronte Road / Khalsa Streetscape Plan, December 2011


The intersection of Old Bronte Road and Dundas Street West in northwest Oakville is the site of the historic settlement of Palermo. This was once an important stop on the route between Toronto and Dundas. At its peak in the 1920s Palermo boasted a post office, community hall, blacksmith shop, brick school house, doctor's office and churches. Halton Region is responsible for Bronte Road and Dundas Street. In 2007, the Region constructed the Bronte Road by-pass at Palermo. A portion of the original street was transferred to the Town of Oakville and renamed as Old Bronte Road and Khalsa Gate. The majority of the street remains a two-lane rural road without sidewalks or ditches.

Today, Palermo Village south of Dundas Street is identified in the Livable Oakville Plan  as a growth area. Policies for “Palermo Village North” were adopted in January 2011 through OPA 306  (under appeal). It is intended that Palermo Village will continue to function as a node for mixed use development and intensification as directed by the approved urban structure.

The creation of the streetscape plan was guided by the following objectives:

  • To advance the community vision set out in the Livable Oakville Plan and the North Oakville West Secondary Plan
  • To determine the configuration of the road to support future land uses and multi-modal traffic (e.g., pedestrians, vehicles and cyclists)
  • To connect the north and south portions of Palermo Village with common design elements
  • To integrate cultural heritage into the design
  • To support the planned transit hub and bus rapid transit (BRT) on Dundas Street
  • To provide direction on urban design for future development
  • To propose a safe and efficient pedestrian crossing on Dundas Street at Old Bronte Road


Lesley E. Gill Woods, Senior Planner
905-845-6601, ext. 3261