Midtown Oakville development subject of public meeting Wednesday


Published October 24, 2023 at 1:04 pm

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The pubic is invited to see “what’s possible” for Oakville’s Midtown neighbourhood with a public information meeting set for Wednesday night.

The Midtown Oakville Project Team will be on hand at Town Hall’s South Atrium to talk about the future of the 255-acre area around the Oakville GO Station.

Midtown has been identified as a major growth area for Oakville for years and will become even more important in the coming years after the provincial government reversed a decision made last November to allow development on prime farmland in the town.

“This is an exciting step forward for the town as we look to reimagine what’s possible for Midtown Oakville,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton. “Council, our dedicated town staff and I rely on public input when we develop our by-laws, our policies, and our plans. With this event we want to engage residents and discuss how together we can evolve the space into a vibrant, walkable, and future-ready community.”

Midtown Oakville, which is expected to help address the future housing and economic needs of Oakville’s growing population, is surrounded by a combination of natural and man-made boundaries and is bounded by QEW/Highway 403 to the north, Cornwall Road to the east, Sixteen Mile Creek to the west and Chartwell Road to the south.

Oakville has pledged to build 33,000 new homes by 2031 to meet the municipal housing target and the Town believes Midtown has the potential to offer options for diverse and affordable housing, better connectivity to the rest of Oakville through pedestrian, cycling, transit, and street networks, additional parks and open spaces, as well as more community amenities and the enhanced infrastructure that is needed to support growth.

The Midtown Oakville project is currently wrapping up phase one Official Plan Amendment – reviewing the site’s existing conditions, opportunities, and challenges. Phase 2 began this month where the team will develop and evaluate the concepts for managing and directing growth. Phase 3 will get underway in December with draft planning policy recommendations, Midtown Oakville Transportation Plan, Stormwater Plan, and Area Servicing Plan recommendations.

The public information session will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., with residents getting a chance to see plans and share their thoughts for the currently underdeveloped area that’s set to be reimagined as a “livable, connected, and mixed-use community.”

The evening includes a series of presentations to spark ideas about how Oakville can grow together, four interactive booths that may answer some of the key questions. an outline of Midtown Oakville’s existing conditions (and the current vision and planning process for the project) and a moderated Q&A about the opportunities and challenges facing Midtown Oakville growth.

Those interested in attending are asked to register on the Let’s Talk Midtown: How We Grow Together Eventbrite page.

For more information visit the Midtown Oakville Grows Area Review page.

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