The town initiated a Residential Character Study to gain a better understanding, with community input, of the elements and qualities that contribute to residential character – the “look and feel” of an area. The study is intended to inform potential improvements to policy, urban design direction, zoning and other processes. The study looks at the residential areas south of Dundas Street, excluding growth areas and heritage districts.
The Residential Character Study has concluded. See below for more information:
The Residential Character Study was received by Planning and Development Council on January 15, 2018.
The drop-in house was an opportunity for the public to review and provide feedback on the Draft Residential Character Study document before it went to Council in 2018.
November 23, 2017 open house materials (pdf)
Draft Residential Character Study (pdf)
Staff received over 500 responses to the online survey. Review a summary of the feedback.
Six open houses were held across the town to introduce the study, discuss findings from the background research and analysis and receive feedback from residents.
Four walking tours were held in August 2017 with residents’ associations to introduce the study, discuss aspects of character in a residential setting, consider their opinions and share knowledge.
November 6, 2017 - The Livable Oakville Subcommittee received an update report summarizing feedback received to date and next steps
June 12, 2017 - The Livable Oakville Subcommittee received the terms of reference for the study
Livable Oakville defines character as “the collective qualities and characteristics that distinguish a particular area or neighbourhood”. Residential character is created by a combination of public and private elements and qualities, including, but not limited to:
In essence, it’s the ‘look and feel’ of your neighbourhood.