Revitalizing Downtown Oakville

Two-way Street Conversion

Construction schedule

Lakeshore Road Reconstruction

Lakeshore reconstruction

Towne Square Redevelopment

Design concepts

Downtown Cultural Hub Study

Study details

Downtown Plan

The town launched the Downtown Plan in December 2013. Extensive public consultation was undertaken on the Downtown Transportation Study and the Downtown Cultural Hub over a three year period. The plan looks to:

  • revitalize the historic downtown
  • replace Lakeshore Road
  • plan for the future of downtown cultural buildings

Review the Downtown Oakville project timeline (pdf)

Project Office now open

The town's commitment to a revitalized downtown was marked in July 2018, when Mayor Rob Burton was joined by Members of Council to formally open the Project Office. Located in the former Post Office at 193 Church Street, the office will be open from Monday to Friday and during downtown events.

This location will be 'information central' for the reconstruction of Lakeshore Road. Staff will be on-hand, ready to provide information and answer any questions. The office reflects the town's recognition of the importance of a cohesive approach to the many projects underway downtown.

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Vision

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.

Objectives

  • To contribute to an economically successful vibrant downtown
  • To create a cultural focus for the town in the downtown area
  • To provide facilities and infrastructure that meet existing and future needs
  • To protect and enhance the natural environmental and cultural heritage of downtown
  • To develop solutions that are financially sustainable

September 10, 2018

Town Council endorses the Downtown Mitigation Strategy and gives direction for free parking on Saturdays, running from April 2019 to November 2020. Town staff are directed to implement the mitigation initiatives, subject to budget approval. Review the September 10, 2018, Planning and Development Council staff report.

April 10, 2018

Town Council approves final streetscape plan for the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Project. 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.

November 1, 2017

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.

February 2017

Reconstruction of Lakeshore Road Bridge over Sixteen Mile Creek begins.

February 13, 2017

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.

November 28, 2016

Town Council receives update on Downtown Cultural Hub. Review the November 28, 2016, Planning and Development Council staff report.

November 1, 2016

Town Council receives update on Downtown Cultural Hub. Review the November 1, 2016, Planning and Development Council staff report.

October 3, 2016

Council approved a traditional furniture style for downtown Oakville. Review the October 3, 2016, Planning and Development Council staff report.

July 25, 2016

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.

Summer 2016

The town went out for public consultation.

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 over Sixteen Mile Creek will be rehabilitated in 2017.

April 2015

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).

June 10, 2014

Downtown Plan community meeting

May 3 and 4, 2014

Downtown Plan stakeholder sessions

April 12, 2014

Downtown Plan community open house and workshop

January 30, 2014

Downtown Plan Community open house and workshop

December 5, 2013

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.

May 5, 2015 - Stakeholder meeting - Downtown Cultural Hub options presentation

May 2015, Downtown Cultural Hub presentation video

June 10, 2014 - Downtown Plan community meeting

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)

April 12, 2014 - Downtown Plan Community open house and workshop

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.

Downtown Cultural Hub workshop video
Downtown Cultural Hub workshop presentation (pdf)
Downtown Cultural Hub workbook (pdf)

Downtown Transportation Streetscape Study workshop video
Downtown Transportation Streetscape Study workshop presentation (pdf)
Downtown Transportation Streetscape Study worksheet (pdf)

Workshop WEBB Culture and Performing Arts Study background video
Workshop Library Study background video

March 3 and 4, 2014 - Downtown Plan stakeholder sessions

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)

January 30, 2014 - Downtown Plan Community open house and workshop

January 30, 2014: Downtown Plan open house and workshop

December 4, 2013 - Downtown Plan launch

December 5, 2013: Downtown Plan launch
2013 Downtown Plan Launch Mayor’s Speech