Tue, 08 May 2012
With a unanimous vote to keep the status quo until Halton Region awards Oakville an additional seat on Regional Council, the town’s ward boundary review came to an end Monday night when the final report from Dr. Robert J. Williams was received. In its decision, Council recommended a seven-ward system for the town when its Regional Council representation increases in the future.
The decision means that Oakville’s current six-ward system will remain in place for the 2014 municipal election. With the town’s population expected to grow over the next few years, an additional seat on Regional Council is possible as early as the 2018 municipal election, allowing for the implementation of Council’s recommendation.
“Effective representation is fundamental to any ward boundary system,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “With another Regional seat expected, this Council was prudent in its decision to re-draw the ward boundary map only once: when a seven-ward option is required.”
The seven-ward option recommended by Council uses Sixteen Mile Creek as the chief east-west boundary up to Dundas Street. The QEW serves as a significant north-south boundary for most wards, with Trafalgar Road the boundary from the QEW to Dundas Street. The new seventh ward is created north of Dundas Street with Burlington as the boundary to the west and the planned extension of Eighth Line to the east.
The 2011-12 Oakville’s ward boundary review began in May 2011. Council confirmed three guiding principles for the review in February 2012 that were prioritized in the following order: one, effective representation; two, the protection of communities of interest and neighbourhoods; and three, consideration of physical features as natural boundaries. Council also confirmed the federal numerical standard of 25 per cent as an acceptable percentage variation in population size among the wards and asked that Sixteen Mile Creek and Trafalgar Road be recognized as ward boundaries where possible.
Significant consultation with Oakville residents played an important role in the review and included four public information sessions and a special meeting of Council. Staff also collected feedback through the ward boundary review website, comment cards and email submissions. Dr. Williams, the consultant who led the review, is a professor emeritus of Political Science at the University of Waterloo.
For more information on Oakville’s ward boundary review, visit the Ward Boundary Review page.
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