With Lakeshore Road East 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.
As part of the Downtown Plan, the Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study was approved by Council. 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
In September 2018, Council endorsed the Downtown 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.
Check out the photos below of the proposed streetscape design.
*Images based on design presented at Public Meeting December 7, 2017 and are subject to change.
The Downtown Plan is one of the major projects in Vision 2057, but there are several smaller projects that informed and helped influence the decision-making process for the Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study.
Commercial District Parking Study
Downtown Oakville Heritage Conservation District
Downtown Oakville Strategic Action Plan
Downtown Oakville Strategic Review
Town purchases downtown Post Office, 197 Church Street
Urban Design Manual
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.
The DTS 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 (pdf) as well as a theme 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).
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 Rehabilitation and the two-way traffic conversion of the existing street network in downtown was approved.
Planning and Development Council Agenda for November 2, 2015
Planning and Development Council Agenda for April 13, 2015
Draft DTS final report (pdf)
Draft DTS final report appendix (pdf)
Downtown Parking Garage Feasibility Study (pdf)
Planning and Development Council Agenda for March 10, 2015
Planning and Development Council Agenda for July 7, 2014
The Transportation Study conducted by Hatch Mott MacDonald (pdf)
The Downtown Economic Health Assessment Report conducted by JC Williams Group (pdf)
In preparation for the detailed design, the team is working on the following items:
Communications Liaison, Downtown Projects
Strategy, Policy & Communications