Development should ‘excite us,’ says Oakville mayor


Published August 4, 2023 at 11:17 am

Construction has already began on the state-of-the-art community centre and library at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex. TOWN OF OAKVILLE IMAGES

For Oakville Mayor Rob Burton, change is good.

Every day we see new developments go up and new neighbourhoods created, growth happening right in front of us here in Oakville.

While there are those yearn for a small village-like town and frown upon new developments, the truth is Oakville’s population today has grown to over 231,000 and continues to grow with the arrival of more immigrants each year.

That means the need for new developments, new places for those people to live. New community centres, rinks, parks and clubs to host activities for new families coming in.

From the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex with a new park, community centre and library branch to growth plans for Midtown Oakville and the area surrounding the Oakville Go Station, Bruton says there are many ways the town and its residents benefit from these new developments.

“All development should excite us because development can bring a lot of opportunity,” the Oakville mayor told’s Khaled Iwamura during their regular monthly video chat. “New people to know, new families to pal around with, new friends for our kids and strengthened clubs.”

Oakville, says Burton, is a family raising town of which all the kids’ activities are conducted by a volunteer club of moms and dads arranging safe activities for their kids.

“The interest in any given club sends its fate up or down,” explained the Oakville mayor. “You get more people in town, the clubs get stronger, the kids’ opportunities to play at a higher level increase and just in general you’re liveability and you’re opportunity to give your kids opportunities, all that goes up.

“So, we’re going to grow.”

With a national housing supply crisis, development is more important than ever.

“There’s a national housing supply emergency crisis on and we’re going to be doing our part to give people places to call home,” said Burton.


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