New licence with Oakville Yacht Squadron sees improved public access to waterfront

Thu, 01 Mar 2018

Town Council voted on Tuesday night to support a motion that would see Oakville Yacht Squadron’s (OYS) licence of the town-owned property located at 97 Forsythe Street continue for 25 years, with the option to renew for another 25 years. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which will lead to a licensing agreement between the two parties, will see improved public access to the waterfront and ensure the viability of the OYS for many years to come.

“I want to thank the OYS for being responsive and creating what I believe are great new opportunities for the club and for the public,” said Mayor Rob Burton.

In his presentation to Council, Director of Parks and Open Space, Chris Mark noted that providing the public with more access and connectivity to the waterfront is a primary goal of the town’s West Harbour Sixteen Mile Creek Rehabilitation Master Plan, and the Harbours Master Plan. The town plans to revitalize Oakville Harbour through landscaping and pedestrian connectivity while respecting the heritage of the harbour itself.

As part of the MOU, the OYS will continue to operate out of the main building on the property, which it uses for club events and sailing school classes. In addition, the club’s fencing, which gave the impression that the property is private and deterred the public from accessing the boardwalk and waterfront, will be removed.

The final licensing agreement will go to Council for approval in September.

The town’s current agreement with OYS expired in 2015. The town allowed OYS to remain in the property in an overholding position pending the resolution of the new licence agreement negotiations.