Parkland Dedication

A tool that allows Oakville to obtain land for parks as a condition of development.

The Planning Act enables municipalities to obtain land for parks through land conveyance, or payment-in-lieu of land, as a condition of development and redevelopment through Parkland Dedication By-law 2022-108. 

Once land is dedicated, or acquired by the town using the cash collected in lieu, new parks are constructed using Development Charges (DCs) or Community Benefits Charges (CBCs). 

At the September 12, 2022 Planning and Development Council meeting, the Parks Plan 2031 along with the Parkland Dedication By-law 2022-108 was approved. 

Where we have identified that payment-in-lieu is appropriate, it shall be based on the cash equivalent of the applicable parkland dedication requirement as established in the Parkland Dedication By-law. The Manager of our Realty Services team will coordinate a land appraisal to be used in the calculation of the Parkland Dedication payable. The owner must contact the Manager of Realty Services at no later than 90 days prior to the expected time of the first above grade building permit. To learn more about this process, please refer to the Parkland Dedication Policy and related procedure.

Parks Plan and Parkland Dedication By-law

A Parks Plan is a strategic document that will provide direction for new parkland throughout the town, and particularly in our urban centres and corridors, with a unique range of urban parkland types such as urban squares, pocket parks, courtyards and pedestrian connections.

As part of the Parks Plan, a new Parkland Dedication By-law is the tool through which developers are required to transfer parkland or cash-in-lieu of parkland to the town as part of a new development project.