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WHAT'S YOUR VISION OF MIDTOWN OAKVILLE?

The biggest development project Oakville will ever undertake.

 

We need to get it right. 

Latest Update: July 15, 2024

Current Status of Midtown:

At Council's Planning & Development meeting held Monday, July 8, CAO Clohecy provided an update on the Transit Oriented Community Program (TOC) . In this video clip Ms. Clohecy outlines various aspects of the TOC such as the Confidentiality Agreement required by the province, preliminary stages of the process including the establishment of a Workgroup and Steering Committee, timing for public engagement, etc .

 

Her remarks accompanied a written report submitted by staff which also included a copy of the letter from the Ministry of Infrastructure which is referenced in the June 3rd entry below. 

Earlier, at Council’s Special Midtown Urban Growth Centre meeting on  June 3rd, CAO Clohecy announced that Infrastructure Ontario had formally notified the Town of Oakville and the Region of Halton that a potential Transit-Oriented Community Program (TOC) is under exploration within our  municipality and that the ministry wants to establish key principles for governance as well as next steps for engagement between the province, the town and the region.

 

What Does This Mean?

Infrastructure Ontario will be leading the working group, stakeholder engagement and ultimately, development permissions for the area they define as within being within the project scope. This may be a portion of Midtown or all of it.  We await their direction on the boundaries to be included in the work. 

 

The working group will be established in June with stakeholder engagement to commence in August.  We have put on the record that we want clarity on how Council will be updated on the working group’s efforts and most importantly, that our expectation is that the Town vigorously advocate on behalf of the public.

 

What About the Lower Population Midtown Re-Set From April 22? 

Council discussed the Staff report provided in response to its request for a Midtown plan for a population of 35,000 people and jobs. The report  provided additional financial details and transportation comments.  It framed challenges such as where would the additional population be allocated and how might it impact infrastructure efficiency and transit ridership? 

 

  • The report did very little to show a new concept plan for the community or address climate change mitigation opportunities.

  • The public delegations resoundingly supported a reset and their delegations continue to demonstrate a commitment to responsible, thoughtful land use planning.  

 

Facts to Keep in Mind​

We must meet and expect to exceed the Provincially-directed target for an overall total Oakville of 349,000 people in 2051. We are not mandated to achieve the Joint Best Planning Estimate numbers of 444,000 developed by Oakville.

 

Over the next 30 years, a range of growth opportunities have the ability to address concerns. These include unaccounted opportunities for growth in areas such as some commercial plazas, widespread infill, minor adjustments in growth nodes including the longer-term potential of the Bronte GO station, etc. Ensuring Midtown has the right land use permissions for a liveable community on the 43 hectares of land available, and addressing the context of the critical intersections of Trafalgar/QEW/Cornwall and Cross need to be the priorities. At 35,000 people/jobs, we will more than achieve the Provincial target.

While we await the direction of Infrastructure Ontario it remains our collective responsibility to take every opportunity to let the Province and Council know that Midtown must be a balanced, livable, environmentally responsible community that fits well with the rest of Oakville.

What Was Council's Feedback to Staff?

You can read the full set of directions provided to staff here.

Council Calls Special Meeting on Midtown.

At its Monday, April 22nd meeting, Council announced its intention to hold a Special Meeting of Council on June 3, 2024 to receive and clarify important details and information necessary to inform a decision on a proposed draft Official Plan Amendment.

 

Residents in all parts of Oakville expressed to Council the need to rethink the OPA recognizing the size of the land. The ‘ village’ truly came  together including our fellow Council members to move us in a better direction!!

 

In a comprehensive Petition, we detailed what the agenda for the meeting will comprise and the actions staff will need to undertake to assist us in achieving a responsible, liveable plan.

Highlights include: 

  • A revised concept for Midtown for consideration with a population of 35,000 people and jobs. The revised concept shall be accompanied by a Land Use schedule to include an FSI for each precinct as well as maximum heights in each precinct for all buildings.

  • The provision of a mix of built forms including supporting low rise multi-unit, and mid-rise construction that is sustainable.

  • A demonstrated commitment to Climate action with “shall’ language including but not limited to compliance with Green Development standards, environmental sustainability. 

  • Enabling language for the implementation of a Community Permit Planning System (CPPS).

  • A Transportation/Mobility Report.

  • A Financial report estimating the cost of the hard and soft infrastructure and the estimated contribution each of the stakeholders would need to make. 

Full text of the Petition with additional information and detail can be read here.

This direction to staff is the next step in helping us achieve the information, metrics and analysis we need in order to achieve the creation of a responsible, liveable plan for Midtown and Oakville.

More details and information will be posted soon. In the meantime, please mark your calendars now for June 3 and visit often for updates. Materials for the June 3 meeting are expected to be published by May 23.

Stay Informed. Stay Connected.

June 3 at Oakville Town Council

Why This OPA Matters

The draft Official Plan for Midtown is one of the most critical planning decisions we will make for the next generation. It will define the scale, intensity and liveability, or lack thereof, for a community at the heart of Oakville. 

The OP must have language that places community and connection as a priority. It must require built forms, community services and spaces that respect the importance of the social and environmental needs of those who will call it home.

This is the biggest development project Oakville will ever undertake. We need to get it right. We ALL need to get involved.
To learn more, check out the About Midtown, INFO and Take Action sections in this site.

Contact Councillor Gittings or Haslett-Theall via email at ward3@oakville.ca for more information. Or, connect with your local Residents Associations. They are following work on Midtown and plan to delegate at upcoming Council meetings.
 
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