Draft policy changes for Bronte, Kerr Village and Downtown presented to Councillors

Wed, 18 Jan 2017

Bronte, Downtown and Kerr Village growth areas are one step closer to revitalization, after staff presented draft policy changes to the Livable Oakville Review subcommittee Monday, January 16, 2017.

The draft changes were presented as part of Council’s five-year review of the Livable Oakville Official Plan, and emerged as a result of extensive consultation with residents and businesses in the area.

“During our consultations, residents expressed the desire for these three communities to become more lively and engaging,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton. “These draft policy changes represent staff’s ideas on how best to achieve that vision.”

Among the draft policy changes presented, the report discusses:

  • Designating ground floor main streets in Bronte Village for commercial use only
  • Redesignating the valley lands northwest of the Downtown growth area to the middle of Sixteen Mile Creek, to facilitate increased public access to a riverside park
  • Adjusting height restrictions and expanding the potential for bonusing in designated areas
  • Reviewing and strengthening the overall urban structure and design

In the coming weeks and months there will be a number of opportunities for public engagement, culminating in a public meeting on all recommended changes to the Official Plan held in late 2017.

“Our conversation with residents is far from over,” said Mayor Burton. “We want to make sure these changes truly reflect the wishes of our residents when they are brought to Council later this year.”

Detailed reports on the draft changes can be found on the onJanuary 16, 2017, Livable Oakville Review Council Sub-committee agenda. Residents looking to provide feedback before the public consultation sessions are encouraged mayor@oakville.ca or call at 905-842-4111