Revitalizing Downtown Oakville

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:

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

Review the Downtown Oakville project timeline (pdf)

Update from April 10, 2018 Council Meeting

At the April 10, 2018 meeting, Town Council:

  • Approved final streetscape plan for the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Project from Navy to Allan Street.
  • Received information about the mitigation initiatives that are planned at the present time. Staff is continuing to explore additional options for mitigation and will be consulting with the downtown business community and other stakeholders.
  • Received information about the wayfinding iniativies planned for downtown during and after construction, as well as active transportation, and can also include elements to support or enhance smart cities initiatives.
  • Received an update on the Downtown Cultural Hub projects.

Review the April 10, 2018 staff reports for details.

Under construction — Downtown Project Office at the former Post Office

The town’s senior liaison and communications advisor will be the lead staff person for the implementation of the Downtown Mitigation Strategy and will be stationed at the Downtown Project Office at the former Post Office.

Downtown Cultural Hub

The Downtown Cultural Hub Study is exploring opportunities to create a downtown cultural and performing arts space.

Downtown Cultural Hub
Image of Lakeshore Road

Image of Lakeshore Road

Downtown Transportation and Streetscape

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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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

 

April 10, 2018

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.

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