Town launches Switching Gears Transportation Master Plan Update

Tue, 09 May 2017

Seeking public feedback on ensuring balanced and sustainable transportation options

As part of the scheduled update of its Switching Gears Transportation Master Plan (TMP), the Town of Oakville is seeking input from residents to help identify community transportation priorities from now until 2031.

“Our goal is to offer balanced, sustainable transportation options that make it even easier for people, goods, and services to move around Oakville,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “Switching Gears offers exceptionally detailed integration between Oakville’s land use and transportation planning. Now, we’re looking for public input to make sure we are focused on the community’s transportation priorities.”

Over the next few decades, the town expects to see increased traffic due to population and employment growth. That’s why the town is looking for responsible and effective ways to handle this growing demand by finding a balance for strategic road improvements with the need for greater range of transportation choices to reduce the number of vehicles on the road.

Building on the success of the town's recent Active Transportation Master Plan update, Goods Movement Study and Pedestrian Safety Study, the 2017 TMP update will review the transportation network improvements focusing on future transit targets to accommodate growth to 2031, and provide input into the town's upcoming Development Charge By-Law.

Public open house

To connect with residents, the town will be hosting a public open house on May 17 at Town Hall from 6 – 8 p.m. Drop-in and registration starts at 6 p.m. followed by a staff presentation and open house from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Residents are also encouraged to submit comments and suggestions at tmp@oakville.ca or share their ideas on Facebook or Twitter.

Oakville's TMP, Switching Gears (pdf) looks at all modes of transportation including public transit, walking, cycling and ride-sharing along with strategic roadway improvements to ensure the safe, convenient and efficient movement of people and goods. Launched in 2013, Switching Gears is the town's guiding document for developing practical, sustainable, long-term plans to guide the town's transportation system to meet the needs of its anticipated growth to 2031. It incorporates transportation, land use planning and financial strategy which respects the social, environmental and economic goals as defined in the Livable Oakville Plan, Halton’s Official Plan and Transportation Plan, and other provincial strategies.