Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study

The Downtown Plan is comprised of two studies — the Downtown Cultural Hub, and the Downtown Transportation and Streetscape.

The Downtown Cultural Hub Study is exploring opportunities to create a downtown cultural and performing arts space including: a performing arts centre, art gallery, library, outdoor program space, and indoor cultural space or digital hub that will become the cultural, social, and economic heart of our community. Visit Downtown Cultural Hub Study page for more information

The Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study (DTS) approved by Council in April 2015 assessed the current traffic and roadway conditions in downtown Oakville and created recommendations to enhance the roadways, beautify streets, improve pedestrian/cycle ways and revitalize the Towne Square, by introducing design standards as well as increasing connectivity, mobility and accessibility.

The DTS included extensive public consultation in 2014-2015 on the different options for Lakeshore Road, the streetscape master plan as well as a theme (contemporary was selected over traditional and classical)for the site furnishings and finishes.

Staff presented the preferred options to Council in March 2015. Council approved the recommendations from the Downtown Transportation and Streetscape study in April 2015. Review the DTS final report (pdf).

In 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.

Study update - 2016

Town Council's approval of the DTS in April 2015 initiated the process for the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape project. As part of the master plan approval, the two-way conversion of all streets in downtown Oakville will also take place.

As noted above, through the DTS public consultation process a contemporary theme for the downtown Lakeshore Road furniture and materials was chosen in 2015, over traditional and classical, to complement the historic buildings in the streetscape yet remain a reflection of the current time.

In 2016, when specific contemporary furniture pieces were presented to the public in March and June there was significant concern and opposition about the theme choice. Desire to maximize a flexible (curbless) design of the Lakeshore Road East configuration was also discussed at these meetings as a topic for consideration.

What’s next?

Town to recommence public consultation on furniture options for downtown Oakville

On July 25, 2016, Town Council passed a motion directing staff to:

  • Recommence a public engagement process this fall with traditional, classical and contemporary furniture options — streetlights, benches, bike rings and bollards — for the project.
  • Develop options for Lakeshore Road that would provide, in whole or in part, a flexible (curbless) street.

Public Consultation coming this fall

Be sure to have your say. Staff are expected to report back on both items in early 2017.

Public engagement opportunities regarding the furniture themes will be scheduled for this fall. Stay tuned to this page for more details.

In the meantime, staff will move forward with incorporating the garbage/recycling stations as well as the granite pavers and curbs into the streetscape design as presented to the public this past March and June.

Please visit the Lakeshore Road reconstruction and streetscape project page for more information as well as the downtown Oakville two-way conversion project page.

Background - DTS staff reports/agenda:

Planning and Development Council Agenda for April 13
Draft DTS final report (pdf)
Draft DTS final report appendix (pdf)
Downtown Parking Garage Feasibility Study (pdf)
March 10, 2015 Planning and Development Council agenda
July 7, 2014 Planning and Development Council agenda
The Transportation Study conducted by Hatch Mott MacDonald (pdf)
The Downtown Economic Health Assessment Report conducted by JC Williams Group (pdf)

Related studies

The town’s Vision 2057 brings together all of the town’s master plans and other key planning initiatives. The Downtown Plan is one of the major projects in Vision 2057, but there are several smaller projects that inform and help influence the decision-making process for the Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study.

Commercial District Parking Study
Downtown Oakville Heritage Conservation District
Downtown Oakville Strategic Action Plan
Downtown Oakville Strategic Review
Town purchases downtown Post Office, 197 Church Street
Urban Design Manual