Downtown Oakville Growth Area Review

As part of the Town of Oakville’s ongoing Official Plan Review, the land use designations and policies that apply to Downtown Oakville are being updated.

In December 2017, Council passed By-law 2017-120 to adopt OPA 20 (Downtown Oakville) to the Livable Oakville Plan. OPA 20 was then approved by Halton Region and it came into effect on June 19, 2018.

Public Events and Reports

Recommendation report - December 4, 2017

Statutory Public Meeting - October 11, 2017

Information session - March 6, 2017

Staff presented draft changes to the official plan policies that guide how Downtown Oakville will grow and change. Please provide your feedback

Report to Subcommittee - January 16, 2017

Report to Subcommittee - June 13, 2016

Information night - April 26, 2016

Staff sought input from the public on possible locations in Downtown Oakville for buildings taller than four storeys. A staff presentation with a 3-D model of test sites for increased building height was shown. Attendees participated in a feedback activity regarding the 3-D model

Open house - November 23, 2015

Staff presented five draft directions for the review of the land use policies for Downtown Oakville in the Livable Oakville Plan at an open house on November 23, 2015. Feedback was collected via a worksheet and comments on a large air photo. Information was also shared about related town projects.

Related Projects

The Downtown Oakville Growth Area Review considered recent downtown projects, including the Downtown Cultural Hub Study, Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Plan and
 Downtown Oakville Heritage Conservation District Plan.


There are six growth areas identified in the Livable Oakville Plan to accommodate new growth and development south of Dundas Street — Midtown Oakville, Uptown Core, Palermo Village, Kerr Village, Bronte Village and Downtown Oakville.

Under the existing policy framework, new development must recognize and enhance the existing vibrant mix of uses and unique heritage. The Central Business District land use designation, which currently applies to Downtown Oakville, permits a mix of commercial and residential uses (e.g., stores, restaurants and offices, alone or in combination with apartments). Building heights are currently required to be between two and four storeys, with some exceptions.


Lesley E. Gill Woods, Senior Planner
905-845-6601, ext. 3261

Carly Dodds, Planner
905-845-6601, ext. 3264