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The PRLFMP was developed as a tool to assist decision-makers, stakeholders, and the general public in understanding the needs and priorities related to parks, recreation, and library facilities in Oakville. It identifies requirements from now until the town’s ultimate build-out.
Facility requirements are calculated based on need, rather than wants or desires. It is a process that is made possible by relating the number of users to a facility’s overall capacity and ability to serve day-to-day needs.
The PRLFMP is an update to the more comprehensive plan that was prepared in 2006. That plan included extensive public consultation and was designed to be a living document that would be able to adapt to changes within Oakville’s social, cultural, recreational, informational, and educational environments. Although the Plan contained a long-term projection of needs, it was recommended that it be reviewed every five years and updated as necessary.
Due to the significant growth in Oakville, changes in planning and land use policies, the town’s progress in the development of new facilities, and shifts in community parks and recreation needs, the time to review and update portions of the 2006 Master Plan has come.
In December 2011, the draft PRLFMP was received by Council and released for public consultation. During the spring/summer of 2012, public consultation took place with Oakville residents and key stakeholders. The final updated PRLFMP was presented to Council for approval on October 29, 2012 and was approved, in principle.
The updated and approved PRLFMP contains approximately 100 recommendations related to the development or alteration of recreation, parks, and library facilities and amenities between now and the town’s eventual build-out. The main recommendations include:
The PRLFMP is intended to be a guiding document, with some flexibility in its implementation. The Town of Oakville and Oakville Public Library will make decisions on the timing and scope of individual projects and funding sources and the master plan's financial implications will be considered as part of the 10-year capital budget forecast in 2013.
It is recognized that the timing of proposed projects may not align with the town’s present funding capacities. As a result, the full implementation of the PRLFMP may require the pursuit of grants or alternative funding and the establishment of various partnerships and collaborations with community organizations, schools, agencies, the development community, and other partners.
Furthermore, many recommendations are linked to the population forecasts approved by the Region of Halton. Should growth be slowed or accelerated, the timing of implementation may require adjustment.
The PRLFMP is part of Vision 2057, under the Live It! category. Vision 2057 is a community building framework that will ensure plans are connected and coordinated. Vision 2057 brings together all of the town’s master plans and other key planning initiatives, enabling Council, town staff and the community to see how all of these elements fit into one united vision of our future.
The PRLFMP accounts for a number of internal and external changes that have occurred since the approval of the original plan in 2006. Some of these changes include the impact of the Places to Grow legislation and internal planning documents and studies such as Livable Oakville, the Parks Facility Distribution Plan, the Cultural Plan and the Youth Strategy.
During 2012, Oakville will also be undertaking the South Central Public Lands Study. This study is intended to determine the most appropriate land uses for the sites which are determined to be surplus to the current public use. The public sites being evaluated through this study include Oakville Arena/Trafalgar Park, the surplus school sites in southeast Oakville (Brantwood, Chisholm and Linbrook), as well as the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital lands.
The PRLFMP’s objective is to identify the need and timing for the provision of various facilities and amenities. Some facilities, including a minor community centre, have been recommended for south central Oakville. The South Central Public Lands Study will, among other things, examine the potential for these surplus lands to accommodate needed recreational infrastructure. Community consultation is also a key part of the South Central Public Lands Study. Visit the South Central Public Lands Study page for more information.