Residential Character Study

We want to hear from you!

What do you think contributes to the ‘look and feel’ of your neighbourhood?

The town has initiated a Residential Character Study to understand, with community input, the existing character of the town’s residential areas and identify which elements and/or qualities residents feel contribute to the character of their neighbourhood.

A better understanding of the existing character may support 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. The terms of reference for the study went to the Livable Oakville Subcommittee on June 12, 2017, and can be viewed on the Livable Oakville Subcommittee page.

Take our survey

Have your say by telling us what you think in our quick 5-minute survey before October 1, 2017.

Take the survey

Attend an open house

Attend one of our open houses and share your thoughts with us. Drop in any time between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at one of the following locations:

Central Branch – Oakville Public Library

September 13, 2017
120 Navy Street

River Oaks Community Centre

September 14, 2017
2400 Sixth Line
Community Room B

Glen Abbey Community Centre

September 18, 2017
1415 Third Line
Community Room B

Clearview Branch – Oakville Public Library

September 19, 2017
2860 Kingsway Drive

Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre

September 21, 2017
2302 Bridge Road
Multipurpose Room 1

Town Hall

September 27, 2017
1225 Trafalgar Road
Bronte Room

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!

Sign up to receive updates about the Residential Character Study by sending an email to and include your first and last name.


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