Here you'll find answers to your questions, planning terms & what they mean, and other helpful information you can use in learning and assessing what's being planned for Midtown Oakville.
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Terms & Definitions
Also known as the floor area ratio (FAR), FSI is the relationship between the total amount of usable floor area and the total area of the property on which it stands. It is determined by dividing the gross floor area of the building by the gross area of the lot.
Major Transit Station Area (MTSA)
The provincial government's Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe area defines an MTSA as the area including and around any existing or planned higher order transit station or stop within a settlement area; or the area including and around a major bus depot in an urban core. Major transit station areas generally are defined as the area within an approximate 500 to 800 metre radius of a transit station, representing about a 10-minute walk. (Note: The the Ontario government announced that a new Provincial Planning Statement will replace the Provincial Policy Statement, 2020 (the “PPS”) and A Place to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (the “Growth Plan”). A draft of the proposed Provincial Planning Statement is available on the Environmental Registry of Ontario for review and comment until June 5, 2023).
Urban Growth Centre (UGC)
Urban Growth Centres are existing or emerging downtown areas identified by the Growth Plan. These centres are to be transit-supportive, mixed-use development. Midtown is a Designated Urban Growth Centre within Halton Region along with Downtown Burlington and Downtown Milton.
Midtown Oakville is not only an Urban Growth Centre, it is also a Major Transit Station Area.
Entitlement of the owner of property to use or develop it, without recourse to a public hearing process or a vote of municipal council, if the proposed use accords with the zoning by-laws.
Questions & Answers
A selection of the most common questions on Midtown.
Where are Oakville's Growth Areas?
What's an MZO?
The Planning Act authorizes the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to make a minister's zoning order (MZO) for regulating the use of land, buildings and structures anywhere in Ontario. If there is a conflict between an MZO and a municipal zoning by-law, the MZO prevails.
Additionally, in April 2023 new legislation now gives the Minister the power, by order, to amend an official plan if the Minister is of the opinion that the plan is likely to adversely affect a matter of provincial interest.
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What's the Difference Urban Parks and Greenspace?
Recent changes at the provincial level now allow elements like urban squares, public commons and promenades to be counted as parkland. Be clear when you state your opinions on parks.
Is there a Master Plan for Midtown I can look at?
Unfortunately, there is no master plan that offers a comprehensive outline of all elements such as the use and creation of land, public infrastructure projects, coordination of construction, etc.