Since the Downtown Plan launch on December 5, 2013, town staff and the Downtown Cultural Hub Study consultants have been meeting with business owners/groups, resident associations, library and gallery boards, utility providers, community agencies, the cultural community and residents from across Oakville, through a series of stakeholder interviews and public open houses/workshops.
The intent — to inform participants about the Downtown Plan, discuss the community’s vision for the hub, capture needs and wants and identify challenges and opportunities.
The last year of public consultation confirmed our hope that Oakville residents and business owners support growing culture in our community.
The opinions and comments shared with us clearly defined the wishes and needs of our community.
What we heard is summarized into categories as follows:
Collecting the desires and needs of the community was an important first step in shaping the concept of a cultural hub. In reviewing both the public consultation and the technical studies, the team created five themes under both a Renovate and New Build model.
An evaluation criteria was developed to score the themes under the study objectives:
After the evaluation, these were the highest scoring themes:
After the evaluation, the highest scoring theme was the Dispersed — New Build.
However, we are also carrying a renovated option for Council’s review.
Two sets of options were created: one under the Dispersed model and two under the Renovate model.
The options were evaluated against a criteria and tested to see if they would fit on the sites. The current set of options are now with the public for comments before presenting a preferred option to Council in September 2015. Review the Downtown Cultural Hub Study Options.