The Downtown Plan launched in December 2013. The plan is comprised of two studies. Extensive public consultation was undertaken on the Downtown Transportation Study and the Downtown Cultural Hub over a three year period. The plan looks to:
Review the Downtown Oakville project timeline (pdf)
The Town's commitment to a revitalized downtown was marked on July 26, when Mayor Rob Burton was joined by Members of Council to formally open the Downtown Project Office and cut a ceremonial ribbon.
As part of the Downtown Mitigation Strategy, the Project Office will act as ‘information central’ for the reconstruction of Lakeshore Road. Retailers, landlords, residents and visitors will be encouraged to visit this location to learn what’s happening.
The Project Office reflects the Town's recognition of the importance of a cohesive approach to the many projects underway downtown and will encourage open dialogue within the community.
The Downtown Cultural Hub Study is exploring opportunities to create a downtown cultural and performing arts space.Downtown Cultural Hub
Learn more about the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Project, the reconstruction of Lakeshore Bridge over Sixteen Mile Creek and the two-way conversion of downtown Oakville.Downtown Transportation and Streetscape
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To create an attractive, active, animated and vibrant downtown where people come together to live, meet, work, stay, interact and engage. It will be the cultural, social and economic heart of our community where citizens and visitors can celebrate and experience the natural setting, heritage, culture and the arts.
Town Council approves final streetscape plan for the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Project - Navy Street to Allan Street. Council also receives information about the mitigation initiatives that are planned at the present time, wayfinding initiatives planned for downtown during and after construction and an update on the Downtown Cultural Hub projects.
Mayor Burton and Members of Council formally opened the bridge on November 1, ahead of schedule and under budget. Read the November 17, 2017, news release for more information.
Reconstruction of Lakeshore Road Bridge over Sixteen Mile Creek begins.
Council approves the bridge railing, the lighting and the furniture selections (streetlight poles, benches, bollards, bike rings) for downtown Oakville. Review the February 13, 2017 Planning and Development Council staff report for details.
Town Council receives update on Downtown Cultural Hub. Review the November 28, 2016, Planning and Development Council staff report.
Town Council receives update on Downtown Cultural Hub. Review the November 1, 2016, Planning and Development Council staff report.
Council approved a traditional furniture style for downtown Oakville. Review the October 3, 2016, Planning and Development Council staff report.
Town Council passed a motion directing staff to recommence a public engagement process in the fall with traditional, classical and contemporary furniture options — streetlights, benches, bike rings and bollards — for the project, as well as develop options for Lakeshore Road that would provide, in whole or in part, a flexible (curbless) street.
The town went out for public consultation.
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.
Town Council's approves the DTS which included a contemporary theme for the downtown Lakeshore Road furniture and materials to complement the historic buildings in the streetscape yet remain a reflection of the current time. Review the DTS final report (pdf).
Downtown Plan community meeting
May 3 and 4, 2014
Downtown Plan stakeholder sessions
Downtown Plan community open house and workshop
Downtown Plan Community open house and workshop
Downtown Plan launch
Engaging with residents, businesses and other stakeholders was critical to the success of the Downtown Plan. Here’s a recap of just some of the engagement opportunities we held with you.
June 10, 2014, Downtown Plan Community Meeting presentation (pdf)
June 10, 2014, Downtown Plan Community Meeting presentation video
June 10, 2014, Downtown Plan Community Meeting questions and answers video
June 10, 2014, Downtown Plan Community Meeting booklet (pdf)
The Downtown Plan booklet (pdf) shares the background research that has helped us develop the preliminary options for the downtown cultural hub including Oakville Public Library and Oakville Galleries.
Cultural Needs Assessment, by Webb Management Services (pdf)
Downtown Cultural Hub, by Urban Strategies Inc. (pdf)
Downtown Transportation and Streetscape, by Brook McIlroy (pdf)
Downtown Plan: March 2014 Newsletter (pdf)