In September 2018, Council endorsed the Downtown Construction Mitigation Strategy, which aims to soften the impact of the Lakeshore Road reconstruction on the business district in the downtown. Town staff have been directed to implement the mitigation initiatives, subject to budget approval. Council gave direction for free parking on Saturdays, running from April 2019 to November 2020.
Presented by Economic Development, the report is based on the findings and interviews with other municipalities that recently underwent similar construction projects as well as interviews with our own residents, Downtown Oakville BIA, businesses and other municipal stakeholders.
With Lakeshore Road East (Navy Street to Allan Street) coming to the end of its lifespan and needing a major reconstruction, the town undertook extensive research to identify broader opportunities to improve traffic, beautify streets and improve pedestrian/cycle ways in the downtown.
Following extensive public consultation, the Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study was approved by Council in April 2015. In November 2015, Council approved the timing for the Lakeshore Road reconstruction and Streetscape project to commence in 2019 and be completed over a two year period.
Phase 1 in 2019 (spring to fall) — between Navy and Dunn streets
Phase 2 in 2020 (spring to fall) — between Dunn and Allan streets
Check out the photos below or take a virtual tour of the proposed streetscape design.
*Images based on design presented at Public Meeting December 7, 2017 and are subject to change.
The Downtown Oakville Heritage Conservation District (DOHCD) Plan identified the current mixture of designs, materials and colours in downtown as visually cluttered. The DOHCD Plan identified the opportunity for a new design of street furnishings, allowing for improvements, so long as it is cohesive, supports the pedestrian environment and does not compete with the historic material of the district.
With Lakeshore Road East (Navy Street to Allan Street) coming to the end of its lifespan and needing a major reconstruction, the town undertook extensive research and public consultation to identify broader opportunities to improve traffic, beautify streets and improve pedestrian/cycle ways in the downtown.
The Downtown Plan, launched in December 2013, is comprised of the Downtown Cultural Hub Study (DCH), and the Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study (DTS).
The DTS was approved by Council in April 2015. This study assessed the current traffic and roadway conditions in downtown Oakville and created recommendations to enhance the roadways, beautify streets, improve pedestrian/cycle ways and revitalize the Towne Square, by introducing design standards as well as increasing connectivity, mobility and accessibility.
The DTS included extensive public consultation in 2014-2015 on the different options for Lakeshore Road, the Streetscape Master Plan as well as a theme (contemporary was selected over traditional and classical) for the site furnishings and finishes.
Staff presented preferred options to Council in March 2015. Council approved the recommendations from the Downtown Transportation and Streetscape study in April 2015. Review the DTS final report (pdf, MB).
In November 2015 Council approved the timing for the Lakeshore Road reconstruction and streetscape project to commence in 2019 and be completed over a two year period. In addition, the Lakeshore Road Bridge over Sixteen Mile Creek will be rehabilitated in 2017
For information regarding the completed DTS study please visit the Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study project page.
The completed DTS study approved several changes in the downtown including:
In preparation for the detailed design, the team is working on the following items: