Special Council Committee set up to review public feedback on Midtown Oakville


Published May 25, 2023 at 4:44 pm

Following public input on the proposed Midtown Oakville Official Plan Amendment (OPA), Town Council decided to set up a Special Committee to review all feedback and delve into more analysis before finalizing the policies for this critical project before the end of this year. TOWN OF OAKVILLE IMAGE

They’ve read and heard what you have had to say on one of Oakville’s most comprehensive urban growth centre projects and now Town Council is looking to review all the input it has received.

Work on the proposed Midtown Oakville Official Plan Amendment (OPA) will continue after local councillors passed a resolution at a special Planning and Development council meeting Tuesday (May 23) to set up a special Council committee.

Council will review all the feedback and delve into further analysis before finalizing the policies for the critical development project.

The Special Committee will report back to Town Council before the end of 2023 following additional work.

This includes public consultations, third-party reviews, study of best practices for Major Transit Station Areas (MTSAs), climate change initiatives, relevant master plans, population forecasts, and a detailed review of the infrastructure requirements, timelines and commitments sought from the Province of Ontario, Metrolinx and other key stakeholders.

More than 1,000 people, including residents, businesses, resident associations, developers and community organizations, provided detailed input throughout the  month on Midtown Oakville.

They were able to do so through a series of engagements, including an open house, online survey, delegations at public meetings, email responses and more.

“I would like to recognize and thank our engaged community for the unprecedented level of civic engagement, constructive input and involvement seen recently for Midtown Oakville,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton

“Council and staff look forward to the recommendations of the newly set up Special Committee as we finalize the policies for this exciting project. Working together with our community, we have an opportunity to make Midtown Oakville the most vibrant and livable urban growth centre in Ontario.”

Planning for Midtown Oakville first began in 1999 and the plan to create a vibrant urban community is being updated in response to recent provincial legislative changes arising from Bills 109 and 23, including the provincial housing pledge.

Based on provincial requirements, Midtown Oakville will see a minimum of 20,600 people and jobs combined (people residing and/or working).

According to growth estimates, Midtown Oakville will grow progressively over time with approximately 68,000 people and jobs anticipated for 2081 depending on factors that include market forces.

Members of the public can continue to provide their comments through the online survey extended until June 30, 2023.

Further details about Midtown Oakville, including the conceptual illustrations and presentations, are available on the Midtown Oakville Growth Area Review webpage.

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