By: Von Jeppesen
In early December 2013, the Town of Oakville launched their Downtown Plan at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts. The launch was moderated by Oakville Mayor Rob Burton and included an expert guest panel of urban design and community development professionals.
Over the next sixth months, the Town will be conducting extensive community engagement to gather feedback on how to build a community that embraces culture and supports beautiful streets which will strengthen the vision of “being the most livable town in Canada.”
The Downtown Plan will be comprised of two studies – the Downtown Cultural Hub and the Downtown Transportation and Streetscape.
The Downtown Cultural Hub Study
The Downtown Cultural Hub Study will explore opportunities to create a downtown cultural and performing arts space including: a performing arts centre, art gallery, library, outdoor program space, and digital space that will become the cultural, social, and economic heart of our community.
The Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study
The Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study will improve downtown streets, pedestrian and cycle ways, and the Towne Square by introducing a cohesive look and feel, while increasing connectivity, mobility and accessibility.
Timetable and Feedback
The Town plans to gather feedback from the public over the next sixth months with community open houses/workshops, stakeholder sessions, surveys, online discussion forms and more.
This will be followed up with an initial proposal from the Town and additional open houses/workshops/consultations until a final plan is completed near the end of 2014. As Canada’s 150th birthday approaches in 2017, the Town plans to apply for provincial and federal grants that may be available to help fund aspects of the plan.
The next Downtown Plan open house and workshop will be held on January 30, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at Town Hall, 1225 Trafalgar Road.
For more information, please visit the Town’s Downtown Plan web page.
Please stay tuned as the Board and Town of Oakville plan to hold an exclusive stakeholder session with our Members in early 2014. We hope you’ll consider participating in this exciting vision that will shape Oakville’s downtown core for years to come.
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