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Downtown Streetscape

The Downtown Streetscape and Transportation Study and Towne Square Redesign.










Posted April 19, 2015

Downtown Plan moves into engineering design phase for Lakeshore Road

Final report for Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study presented to Council


The Downtown Plan moves into a new phase as Council approved the Streetscape Master Plan at its meeting Monday night (April 13, 2015), and instructed staff to start the engineering design work for Lakeshore Road East, finalizing the Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study.


“Council’s decision on Monday night is a critical step in the revitalization of Downtown Oakville,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “We were pleased to see the number of residents and business owners who participated so passionately in our public meetings. Their feedback will ensure we continue being the most livable town in Canada.”


In conjunction with the Downtown Plan, staff presented a feasibility study that looked at the cost of building a second parking garage on Church Street between George Street and Thomas Street where the town currently operates a municipal surface parking lot. The preliminary preferred option outlines a seven level garage (four above ground and three below) with 348 spaces and retail shops at street level at an estimated cost of $23 million. Council directed staff to proceed with a business review study to determine the ability of a new parking structure to attract both short term and long term patrons, to provide recommendations on how the town may ensure its success, and to review funding for a parking garage.


Staff also brought forward an update report on the Downtown Cultural Hub (DCH) which advised Council of the study progress and next steps which will include evaluation of the themes and the development of options to present to Council in September. The DCH team will hold the next community presentation on June 24, 2015.


“Over the last year, both the DTS and DCH teams have worked hard to ensure we reach our vision of a more vibrant and creative downtown centre for business and culture,” said Jane Clohecy, commissioner of Community Development. “Public engagement has been critical to realizing our goal and we will continue to work with residents and business owners as we move into the next phase of the Lakeshore Road reconstruction and the development of options for the cultural hub.”


The timing of the Lakeshore Road reconstruction will be determined through the long-term capital budget forecast to be completed this fall and confirmed as staff works through the engineering design phase of the project which will take about two years to complete. Staff will also present construction phasing alternatives to Council this fall. More public consultation will be necessary to assist staff in selecting street furnishings and materials.


Information on the Downtown Plan and the full study reports can be viewed online on the Downtown Plan Development Page (click here)


Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study (DTS) report

next Planning and Development Council meeting scheduled for:


Monday, April 13, 2015

Town Hall, Council Chamber

7 p.m.


All DTS staff and consultant reports are available at on the DTS webpage. Hard copies are also available for viewing at Town Hall and at all Oakville Public Library branches.


This is your opportunity to submit your comments to Council either in writing prior to April 13 by emailing or in person at the meeting. If you were not a delegate at the March 10 meeting, or if you were and have new information to share with Council, you are invited to register in advance by emailing


At the April 13 meeting, staff will also present an update report on the Downtown Cultural Hub and a Downtown Parking Garage Feasibility Study report. The April 13 Planning and Development Council Agenda will be available online on April 2.


If you have any questions about the study, please email


JCRA Position Paper – November 2014

Street Furnishings and Towne Square Designs

Re: Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study


Posted December 1, 2014

At a public meeting held on October 9, 2014 the Town of Oakville presented three options with respect to the Downtown Street Furnishings and three new design concepts for our Towne Square as part of the Downtown Plan. JCRA submitted a position paper on the Downtown Streetscape to the Town of Oakville in July 2014. The following is the JCRA’s position on the Downtown Site Furnishings and Towne Square proposals presented.


Click here: JCRA – Towne Square and Street Furnishings Position Paper Nov 2014


JCRA Position Paper – October 2014 

Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study


Posted October 21, 2014

The Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study (DTS) is one of two components that make up the Downtown Plan. Your JCRA directors have been actively involved in various Downtown planning consultation processes and have carefully reviewed the DTS and all related documents in the Downtown Plan. We have created a position paper based on our review of this information.
We encourage everyone to review the Town’s proposed options and provide feedback to us and or directly to the Town. We want to hear your suggestions, concerns and preferences.
You may contact us with your comments at:


Click here: JCRA Streetscape Position Paper Oct 2014