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As part of the town’s Official Plan Review, the town is conducting a study of the Bronte GO Station and surrounding area, known as a “major transit station area” or MTSA. The study will develop an Area Specific Plan to create a complete, transit-supportive community which accommodates future population and employment growth and development. The study is called the Bronte GO Major Transit Station Area Study.
The Province’s Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (2019), and official plan amendments brought forward as part of the town’s Urban Structure Review, have identified the Bronte GO Station as a major transit station area which needs to be studied. The study is to provide updated and new policies to delineate the boundary of the major transit station area, the mix of land uses (e.g. employment, commercial, residential) and the intensity and scale of future development.
A major transit station area is a key location which integrates the town-wide transportation system, facilitates easy access to transit and transit connections, and provides a focus for transit-supportive development and intensification. The Province’s Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (2019) provides policies that local official plans must conform to when planning for MTSAs. These policies include planning for a minimum density target of residents and jobs, and the creation of complete, transit-supportive communities where people can live, work and play in one area, unless Provincial policy provides direction otherwise.
The Bronte GO Major Transit Station Area Study will review the Bronte GO Station and the lands within approximately 800 metres from the station (representing about a 10-minute walk). The study area is broad and does not represent the official boundary of the major transit station area. The boundary will be refined and determined as part of the study.
The study will result in an Area Specific Plan to guide how the Bronte GO Station and surrounding area will grow and change in the future. The Area Specific Plan will be supported by a number of technical studies, and will provide policy direction to inform a future official plan amendment to the Livable Oakville Plan, including:
The study is scheduled to take place throughout 2019 and into early 2020. An official plan amendment and statutory process under the Planning Act is to follow.
The town hosted a public workshop on November 20, 2019 at the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre. The workshop was to review the study results to date and to evaluate draft land use scenarios for the Bronte GO Major Transit Station Area. The workshop included an open house with information display boards and an overview presentation about the study and draft land use scenarios. The workshop also included an interactive and facilitated session where participants worked through a series of focus questions to evaluate draft land use scenarios. The materials presented at the workshop are provided below:
The Bronte GO Major Transit Area Study was updated at the Livable Oakville Council Subcommittee. A staff report and presentation were received by the subcommittee:
An online survey was available for two weeks following the Public Engagement Workshop #1. The survey provided members of the public an opportunity to comment on the opportunities and challenges within the study area and provide ideas for how to improve the area when planning for the future of the Bronte GO MTSA. The survey closed April 9, 2019.
The Town held a public engagement workshop on March 21, 2019 at the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre. The session included an open house with information display boards and an overview presentation about the study and initial findings. The session concluded with an interactive workshop where participants worked together to identify opportunities and challenges within the study area and share their ideas for how to improve the area when planning for the area. The materials presented at the workshop are provided below:
Town staff and the consulting team held a project kick-off meeting. The project team went on a guided walking tour, led by town staff, of the Bronte Go Station and surrounding area.
The Town of Oakville retained consulting firm Sajecki Planning Inc., in association with DTAH, Wood, LURA, R.E. Millward and Associates, and N. Barry Lyon Consultants, to undertake the Bronte GO Major Transit Station Area Study and associated technical supporting studies.
The Bronte GO Major Transit Area Study was initiated at the Livable Oakville Council Subcommittee. A staff report and presentation were received by the subcommittee:
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Brad Sunderland, Planner
905-845-6601, ext. 3043
Geoff Abma, Planner
905-845-6601, ext. 3034