Wed, 02 May 2012
The Town of Oakville’s ward boundary review process is coming to an end. The final report, with recommendations for Council’s consideration, will be presented on May 7 by Dr. Robert J. Williams, the consultant leading Oakville’s ward boundary review.
“The town’s current wards haven’t changed since 1990,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “As a result, a ward boundary review was both timely and important to ensure that all residents and businesses are represented on Council through an effective and equitable system. I want to thank all of the residents who took part in the process. Your input and feedback is very important.”
Dr. Williams, professor emeritus of Political Science at the University of Waterloo, began Oakville’s ward boundary review last fall. In his report to Council, he will identify three suitable ward boundary configurations for consideration. Once a configuration is approved, the new ward boundaries will be in place for the 2014 municipal election.
Significant consultation with Oakville residents played a key role in the ward boundary review process and included four public information sessions and a special meeting of Council. Staff also collected feedback from residents through the Ward Boundary Review page, comment cards and email submissions.
Oakville's existing wards vary significantly in population size. Expected growth, particularly in new communities in north Oakville, further increases these discrepancies and therefore a review was needed.
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