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The Midtown Oakville Business and Development Plan is bounded by Sixteen Mile Creek and Chartwell Road, Cornwall Road and the QEW.


Oakville Midtown Plan – Update December  2014

Posted December 21, 2014

Background

The goal of the Midtown Strategy is to create a vibrant, transit-supportive, mixed use urban community (home to 12,000 people) and an employment area (8,000 jobs) by 2031. This is a provincially mandated growth area and premier locale for intensification through Livable Oakville.

The Midtown Plan encompasses approximately 100 hectares bounded by the QEW to the north, Chartwell Road to the east, Cornwall Road to the south and the Sixteen Mile Creek valley to the west. It is proposed that residential development will take place west of Trafalgar Road, while the commercial/office development will take place east of Trafalgar Road.

 

Update – Meeting with Town of Oakville Planning Staff

Along with the Trafalgar-Chartwell and the Chartwell-Maple Grove Residents’ Associations, JCRA met with Town Planning staff in mid-November to clarify questions related to the Midtown community development, the issue of bonusing in that development and next steps in the Town’s planning of the MidTown Strategy. Section 37 of the Planning Act allows the Town to secure identified public benefits in exchange for permitting additional height and/or density in a development through the rezoning process. This is commonly referred to as bonusing.

Discussions led by Director of Planning Services, Dana Anderson, centred on funding for the MidTown Plan through development charges. Concerns were raised by all RA’s present that the Town has limited funds allocated in its Capital Budget to support the needed infrastructure development. Town Planning staff acknowledged that without approved and committed development there are constraints to deal with congestion and the required road network. They are investigating options for this funding. The Town shared that there is significant interest in the Commercial development along South Service Road, east of Trafalgar Road, but limited progress on the residential options to the west of Trafalgar Road.

A key element of the MidTown Plan is the construction of the Cross Avenue extension east of Trafalgar Road. The Cross Avenue extension would lead the way for the building a future transit hub and the expansion of the Oakville GO Train station by Metrolinx. However, land contributions for future local roads within this development could be achieved through “area exchanges” once development applications are approved. Area exchanges are a new concept that generally means the Developer receives an identified benefit for contributing to the Town’s road allowance network identified in the MidTown Plan. Once the policy framework has been developed, Town staff will be providing greater clarity on both, the definition of an area exchange and bonusing.

Currently Town staff are working on issues and policy work development around finalizing the proposed OP (Official Plan) and ZBL (Zoning By-law) amendments. The Environmental Assessment is currently being finalized by the Province (MOECC, Ministry of the Environment & Climate Change) and may take another 6 months at minimum to be approved.

The Town Planning department has critical issues to resolve to make the Midtown Plan a viable community development. These include:

  • Meeting with Midtown landowners regarding the proposed local road network
  • Developing parkland dedication options/procedures; at this time Town staff have explained that green space will most likely be more linear (long and narrow green space) instead playing fields or playgrounds
  • developing a Midtown municipal parking program and standards, including required space provisions developers must provide
  • Creating and developing a Midtown community improvement plan
  • Reviewing the current bonusing provisions for residential height and density and developing a cap; the RA’s expressed significant concern that currently there is no cap while the Town indicated a cap of up to 35 stories would be considered.

Decisions regarding bonusing will go to Town Council in 2015, once Town staff have prepared a policy.

JCRA will continue to engage with the other Oakville RA’s and the Town of Oakville to ensure that public consultation regarding bonusing is a priority. JCRA has dedicated two Directors to monitor all developments related to the MidTown Plan, and we will continue to keep you informed on this issue.

Click here for Midtown Update Paper PDF

 


Midtown Development

Posted August 15, 2014

The area along Cross Avenue and the South Service Road from 16 Mile Creek to Chartwell is scheduled for redevelopment over the next twenty years. Midtown is a 100 hectare site. This is part of the Provinces mandate to municipalities  called “Places to Grow” . Midtown, Downtown, Kerr, North Oakville and Bronte were designated as growth areas.

Midtown will  include high-density apartments for at least 12,000 people on and near the existing north Go Train parking area and by Lyons Lane, and employment development for 8000 people on the lands between Trafalgar and Chartwell, north of the railway tracks.

We wanted to advise you to several concerns the Resident Associations have been following:

First of all, the Town’s Official Plan, “Liveable Oakville”, limits development in this area to 20 storeys.  However, through a policy called “bonusing” developers could be permitted to build up to 35 storeys.  This could nearly double the population projection of 12,000?

Secondly, it has been assumed that none of these people will have children.  There is no provision for parkland, or public open space or playgrounds. The lack of defined green space could result in a cement “ jungle” similar to Liberty Village.  Policy and Planning initiatives need to ensure that this new community is truly Livable for new and current residents. There has been no consideration of the effect of school buses on these very busy roads.  It has also been assumed that many of these new residents will not have cars because of the proximity of public transit.

Thirdly, the much needed improvements to roads and infrastructure will not happen for several years, and yet the applications for development of the new high rises have already started to come in.The Town’s document does not set a maximum limit on  units being built which is concerning considering the  direct impact on  utility capacity –roads ( transportation system ) , sewer capacity , water supply capacity , infrastructure to support the population.

Traffic congestion in this area is already a problem.  The new highway accesses and other infrastructure changes need to be in place before the new residents arrive. Who will speak for those residents who may not have arrived to ensure their ‘neighbourhood” is being built with community spaces and needs?

What are some positives:

– Access from Royal Windsor to Iroquois Shore will be part of the development

– Direct access to the QEW off Royal Windsor may re- route some of the trucks off Cornwall.

– Increased population should help support the economic viability of Downtown if  it is not over developed with excessive retail.