New Communities of Oakville

What to know when moving into one of the New Communities of Oakville.

Each area of Oakville has its own unique character. The new communities in north Oakville are no exception. Located north of Dundas Street, south of 407, east of the new Oakville Hospital and west of Ninth Line, these well-designed neighbourhoods are home to an extensive trail network, bike paths and green space.

With schools, shops, sports fields and commercial centres just moments away, north Oakville truly is the place to live, work, and play.

Welcome to the neighbourhood!

You must have lots of questions about your new community. We've got answers!

New Communities Welcome Brochure

Signing the contract

Purchaser warning and advisory clauses

These clauses tell new homeowners about potential issues regarding their subdivision and can be found in the Builder/Homeowner Purchase and Sale Agreement.

Hydro boxes, sidewalks, community mailboxes an lamp posts

A utility plan has been prepared which shows the locations of all these elements. Contact your developer, builder or the town to see the plan.


Visit the New Subdivisions page for more information.

Final acceptance or assumption of a new subdivision

When a new subdivision is assumed by the town, it means the town takes over the maintenance of public urban infrastructure such as roads.

Neighbourhood assumption

It can take five to seven years to completely build-out a subdivision. Before a subdivision is assumed, the development typically has: 

  • sod on the properties, 
  • proper grading on driveways and lots, 
  • entrances or swales (shallow drainage ditches)

There will usually bee no settlement of land on driveway and no encroachments on municipal right-of-ways.

The developer will hire a professional consulting engineer to work with town inspectors. Together, they will make sure that public infrastructure has been constructed to town standards and that lot grading and drainage meet town requirements. This includes infrastructure like roads, sidewalks and open space systems. Once all the inspections are competed and repairs done, town staff will make a recommendation to Town Council for assumption.


Developer responsibilities

The developer is responsible for a subdivision's: 

  • drainage and grading, 
  • sewer construction, 
  • water mains, 
  • roads, 
  • curbs and sidewalks, 
  • street lighting, 
  • street cleaning (until assumption), and
  • fencing bordering public open space areas.
Builder responsibilities

The builder is responsible for constructing your house, grading and sodding the lot, and building the driveway.

Problems with your new home

Contact your builder or developer first. If they do not respond to your satisfaction, talk to your solicitor and contact TARION at 1-800-668-0124, or email Record all complaints in writing to both your builder and TARION.

Deposits to developers

Your Agreement of Purchase and Sale should tell you when the developer will return your deposit. Some builders require a deposit as insurance against homeowners changing the grading of their property before it is assumed.

Grading, sodding and unfinished exterior work

Your lot will normally be sodded within a few months after your home is constructed. Contact your builder for details. The town allows a new home to be occupied when the minimum requirements of the Ontario Building Code for occupancy have been met.

Grading approval process

Builders usually wait for the completion of the majority of homes on a street before starting the lot grading.

Top soil is spread and sod is laid once the developer’s consultant inspects and certifies that the lot meets the town’s standards. One or two months later, the engineering consultant for the developer will issue the town a grading certification following an inspection by the town and no deficiencies are found.

Driveway widening

Driveway widths in the New Communities of Oakville will be limited and regulated. This is to minimize the loss of valuable boulevard space and to protect opportunities for on-street parking. If your neighbourhood is not assumed, contact your developer before you make any changes. After assumption, contact the town’s Engineering and Construction department.

Subdivision services

Municipal or regional services before assumption

You will receive waste collection services from Halton Region and snow removal from the town. All new roads are also immediately subject to the rules of the Highway Traffic Act, including parking regulations.

Waste collection

Waste collection will begin when homes are occupied in your subdivision and Halton Region can access them safely. Your developer or builder handles any waste collection before this time. Halton Region will drop off a GreenCart and two blue boxes to your home once homes are substantially completed.

Public transit

The intent is to provide transit service along pre-determined routes after approximately 100 homes have been constructed. Service is generally phased-in as peak-hour service only, and eventually develops into all-day service.

For more information visit the Oakville Transit website.


Visit the Permits & Inspections page for more details.


If your subdivision has not been assumed, you need to contact your developer for authorization to ensure that pool installation does not negatively impact the grading or drainage of your property. Once you have your developer’s authorization, or if your subdivision has already been assumed, you must apply for a permit through the Town of Oakville. 

Learn more about preparing your development engineering permit for pool installation.

Sheds, decks and air conditioning units

If your subdivision is not assumed, you will need to check with the developer before installing structures that might change the grading or drainage on your property. Once you have the developer’s consent, or if your subdivision is assumed, you will need to contact the town’s Building Services department about permits and zoning regulations.

Learn more about preparing a building permit application for a shed or a building permit application for a deck.


For unassumed areas, you need to check with your developer to ensure the fence is not going to cause any grading or drainage issues.

If the developer approves your fence or if you live in an assumed area, check the town’s fence by-law to ensure your comply with the fence restrictions.

Parking permits

All residential and commercial areas are expected to have active on-street parking in designated areas. This will be especially common on streets near parks, schools, sports fields and commercial centres.

  • Unless otherwise signed, there is a three-hour parking limit on all town streets. 
  • Between November 15 and April 15, parking is prohibited on all streets between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. to leave the road clear for snow removal and sanding/salting. 
  • Temporary on-street parking permits are available for overnight visitors and driveway repairs.

A permit process for permanent overnight parking is currently under consideration. This will permit vehicles to be parked on the street during evening and overnight hours.

Visit our Parking Permits page for more information.

General information

New schools and busing

Contact the Halton District School Board at 905-335-3663, or the Halton Catholic District School Board at 905-632-6300. School locations and potential sites are determined by each school board. Future schools identified on maps or signs in subdivisions are not guaranteed to be built.

Gates in the fence at the back of my property leading into public open space

Fences are installed by the developer to separate your property from public open space areas such as parks, walkways, natural areas, and storm water management ponds.

To inquire about adding a gate, contact the town’s Parks and Open Space department.

Property boundaries

Your property begins approximately one foot from the edge of the sidewalk farthest from the road or at the approximate location of the water shut off valve in front of your house. For exact measurements, please refer to the survey you received when you purchased your home.

Street trees

A street tree planting plan has been prepared for your subdivision that shows the location of tree plantings. Because of boulevard utility placements and driveway locations, not every lot will be eligible for a street tree. Street tree plantings will be coordinated by the subdivision developer and typically happen after occupancy.

Rear lot catch basins and easements

A rear lot catch basin connects to the storm sewer in the road via a pipe located along your property line. It collects surface water, such as rainwater, from a number of properties and allows it to drain away.

The easement is an area that delineates the location of the underground storm sewer on your property. The town has the legal right to access the rear lot catch basin over the lands identified in the easement. Drainage to a rear lot catch basin cannot be blocked by landscaping or structures otherwise flooding could occur.

Neighbourhood Information Map

All sales offices for homes in new residential subdivisions are required to display town-approved Neighbourhood Information Maps and notes in their sales office.

These maps and notes will provide specific information to prospective purchasers regarding the subdivision and surrounding neighbourhoods.

Neighbourhood maps

The following neighbourhood maps are similar to the Neighbourhood Information Map. However, they were prepared before the requirements for the Neighbourhood Information Map described above were put into effect.

Getting around

New Communities of Oakville are planned with easily accessible public transit, cycle ways and pedestrian-friendly streets in mind.

Connected cycle and walkways will provide residents with safe transportation routes so that they won't require cars to get around.

Read the North Oakville Transit Plan (pdf)

The natural heritage system

The town has preserved over 900 hectares of green space known as the Natural Heritage System (NHS). The NHS stretches across all of north Oakville – 600 hectares east of Sixteen Mile Creek and about 300 hectares west. 


An system of trails, cycle ways and sidewalks will offer access to the NHS and to other open space systems across Oakville. Trails will be incorporated into the communities over time.

Visit the Trails page for more information.


There will be four community parks and 10 neighbourhood parks (pdf), along with urban squares, cemeteries and stormwater management facilities.

Visit the Parks page for more information.

The New Communities of Oakville are defined by 14 neighbourhoods, three urban core areas and employment lands.

Each neighbourhood is unique with a variety of homes and commercial centres to create interesting streetscapes and neighbourhoods. Varied lot sizes and home styles allow people to stay in the same neighbourhood at all life-cycle stages. Each neighbourhood will include a neighbourhood centre that is approximately a five-minute walk from most homes.

These centres can include a transit stop and a few small shops and services. Residential areas will be built in phases, based on market conditions, over a 20 year period.