Residential Character Study


The town has 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 will look at the residential areas south of Dundas Street, excluding growth areas and heritage districts.

NEW - Final Study

The Residential Character Study was received by Planning and Development Council on January 15, 2018.

Public Engagement

Open House - November 23, 2017

The drop-in house was an opportunity for the public to review and provide feedback on the Draft Residential Character Study document before it goes to Council in early 2018.

View the Open House Materials (pdf)

View the Draft Residential Character Study document (pdf)

Tell us what you think! Submit your comments to until December 10, 2017.

Online Survey - September 2017

Staff received over 500 responses to the online survey. View a summary of the feedback.

Open Houses - September 2017

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. View the open house materials.

  • Central Branch – Oakville Public Library, September 13, 2017
  • River Oaks Community Centre, September 14, 2017
  • Glen Abbey Community Centre, September 18, 2017
  • Clearview Branch – Oakville Public Library, September 19, 2017
  • Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre, September 21, 2017
  • Town Hall, September 27, 2017

Residents Association Walking Tours - August 2017

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.

Livable Oakville Council Sub-committee

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

What is residential character?

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:

Private Realm

  • Landscaping
  • Building Heights
  • Sidewalks
  • Front Yards
  • Distance between buildings
  • Fences
  • Garages

Public Realm

  • Street Trees
  • Road Profile
  • Sidewalks
  • Infrastructure (e.g power lines)

In essence, it’s the ‘look and feel’ of your neighbourhood.

Stay updated!

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If you have any questions or comments about the Residential Character Study, please contact:

Residential Character Study Team
Planning Services
Town of Oakville
1225 Trafalgar Road
Oakville, ON L6H 0H3
905-845-6601 ext. 3264 or 3908