Midtown Oakville transformation plans underway

Friday, May 13, 2022

Following review and public engagement, the town has proposed an Official Plan Amendment (OPA) to help Midtown Oakville become a vibrant, people-oriented, mixed-use community capable of accommodating more than 13,000 residents and 7,000 jobs in the coming decades. The draft OPA amendment is available on the Midtown Oakville Growth Area Review web page for public review and comment ahead of a statutory public meeting being held as part of the June 7 Planning and Development Council meeting.

The proposed OPA will provide greater certainty that development in Midtown will meet the planned vision of a complete community for the area. Midtown is Oakville’s primary growth area - approximately 103 hectares bounded by the QEW/Highway 403 to the north, Chartwell Road to the east, Cornwall Road to the south and the Sixteen Mile Creek valley to the west. It is being planned as an urban community where people are able to live, work, and play in a walkable, mixed-use neighbourhood, connected to the rest of Oakville by pedestrian, cycling, transit and street networks.

Midtown will provide a self-sufficient urban living community interwoven by tall buildings, open spaces, recreational and retail amenities. The proposed policies emphasize the importance of the public realm where streetscapes and open areas, in combination with publicly-accessible private open spaces, will create a desirable, people-oriented environment.

The draft OPA builds upon the existing Midtown policies, and includes community feedback on a previous draft from March 2021. It will continue to be refined this year based on community and stakeholder feedback and further analyses by staff with a final recommendation going to Council for approval in 2023.

"Strategically located close to rail and bus connections, greenspaces and major highways, Midtown Oakville has an immense potential to become a vibrant, people-focused, transit-oriented community. Midtown is home to the busiest station in the GO Transit network, outside of Union Station. Midtown will redefine urban living in the town, and create a new destination for living and working in Oakville. Public input has and continues to be pivotal in shaping this exciting transformation."

Mayor Rob Burton