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:
Review the Downtown Oakville project timeline (pdf)
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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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 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.
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.
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)