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Oakville Ward 3 Councillors Update 
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May 25  2023
Letter From Your Councillors
On Tuesday night residents stood up, spoke up and supported those who were speaking for them. More than 200 people attended Town Hall and close to 100 watched on Zoom.  Staff presented their report which provided additional details for consideration and welcomed identification of issues from Council and the Public. 17 delegations thoughtfully shared their analysis, concerns and suggestions on the Midtown Official Plan amendment ( OPA). After the delegations, we tabled an amendment which establishes a Special Committee of Council to research, assess and analyze the proposed OPA: details shared below.   Council unanimously supported the creation of a Special Committee with several commenting that it was a very constructive Planning hearing.  Our thanks to the many that attended, and the scores of residents that have provided us with comments through email or phone conversation and the significant amount of time delegates put into preparing their comments.   As the Special Committee convenes we will keep you updated through our regular e newsletter and our midtownoakville.ca website. We did receive written responses to many questions which we will post on the site; noting we have follow up questions and anticipate more to come. For clarity,  the Recommendation report will NOT be coming to Planning and Development Council in June. It will be after the Special Committee has completed their work.

On June 19th Council will receive a complete draft of the Council Strategic Plan and 2023-2026 work plan. We include links and an email to Deloitte to provide additional feedback. Please cc us on your email so we may have the benefit of your perspective. 

We include upcoming special events as well as news on an  Accessibility Fund grant from the Federal Gov't for Wedgewood Pool, the all important summer program registration and more.

It is construction season and if your street or sidewalk is being worked on you will receive notification from the Town if it is part of a larger project. The contractors have been out making right of way grass repairs.

Take care and thank you for being considerate of others as we all seek to enjoy the joys of summer.

Janet and Dave

 
The forming of a Special Midtown OPA Committee
Amendment to the Recommendations
Moved by Councillor Haslett-Theall
Seconded by Sean O’Meara
 That the proposed Midtown draft OPA be reviewed by a Special Committee of Council made up of Committee of the Whole and staff as pertains to section 5.10 of the Procedure Bylaw number 2020-011; and that;
 The committee undertakes to report on the Town-initiated Official Plan Amendment - Midtown Oakville Urban Growth Centre (File No. 42.15.59) that should include, but not limited to:  
  1. Comprehensive public consultations and information sharing and review by external subject matter experts on the proposed OPA including urban design, public realm, park space, community building, transportation plan and development density.
  1. A review of best planning practices for MTSA areas across the GTHA and any other relevant urban plan.
  1. Options to embed in the OPA mandatory climate change initiatives for the area.
  1. A review of a potential comprehensive Community Master Plan for the entire midtown area to include phasing options.
 
  1. A review and analysis of Midtown and our 6 growth nodes population forecasts to build out including the methodology which will assist us in determining the achievement of the mandated Town population growth by 2051 and understanding future capacity and an impact assessment.
  1. Consideration of the Parks, Recreation, Library Master plan, and Transportation Master plans currently underway and the Parks Plan to be reviewed in Q4 and how these integral plans will support a vibrant liveable Midtown.
 
  1. An understanding of the required infrastructure timing and the Province, Metrolinx and stakeholder commitment.
  2. Any other subjects committee members feel are relevant to make the best planning decisions possible for the future of Oakville and the most favourable precedent for future MTSA’
That the Committee report back to Council no later than Q4 of 2023.

 
Our comments on why a Special Committee?
"We all recognize that we must achieve our mandated growth targets and that Midtown and our growth nodes are a critical part of our growth plan.

As is evident tonight and over the past few weeks there are significant questions on the population build out, best practices in urban planning, what will be the impact of the proposed permissions and what IS the Master Plan for Midtown!  We all need more insight and information before we approve the proposed OPA to avoid any unintended consequences!

Additionally the Transportation Master Plan and Parks, Recreation and Library Master plans consultations now in progress are essential inputs into a needed Midtown Master Plan along with the Parks plan later this fall. This is important work!

This Special Committee of Council work will not result in a delay in “getting shovels in the ground”  because the construction of the servicing pipes is more than 18 months away. Regional Councillors on the committee ensures that the infrastructure support and co- ordination of services is supported. Council would  continue to review planning applications as we have been using the in effect OP.
 
We all want to make the best possible decision to ensure the future of Midtown is truly a vibrant livable neighbourhood and a welcoming positive addition to the neighbourhoods that make up the Town of Oakville. The committee through their efforts and collaboration with staff can make a positive difference for ourselves and the public. The Committee's work will support us all in making the right decision for the generations to come."
Click here to listen and watch the May 23 Planning and Development meeting including the staff presentation. 
Strategic Plan: Final call for comments on the key elements of the proposed Strategic Plan 

On May 17, 2023, Town Council endorsed the key elements of a new Strategic Plan being developed to guide Council’s decision making over the next four years, and what the community envisions for its future. The key elements include:

  • the town’s new long-term vision: a vibrant and livable community for all;
  • mission: serving the community in a responsible, inclusive way, dedicated to building economic, social, and environmental sustainability;
  • guiding principles: leadership, inclusivity, excellence, sustainability, quality of life, fiscal responsibility;
  • strategic priorities: growth management, community belonging, environmental sustainability and accountable government; and
  • objectives under each strategic priority.

The community can share their thoughts on the key elements and what they envision for Oakville by emailing Sarah Lewis from Deloitte at sarlewis@deloitte.ca. Review the staff report from the Council meeting on May 17, 2023, along with a summary of community feedback based on engagement opportunities (including phone and online surveys, open house events in each ward, and consultation with community groups) offered during March and April and an analysis of research compiled through a global scan of municipal trends and a community profile.

Comments received will help inform the full draft of the Council Strategic Plan and 2023-2026 Business Plan, which will include specific actions and initiatives under the endorsed strategic priorities and objectives. This draft will be presented to Council on June 19 and will be open for public comment until the end of June. The final plan will be presented for Council’s approval on July 11, 2023.

Visit the Strategic Plan page for more details and updates.

Summer program registration
The countdown is on! Registration for summer programming opens on Wednesday, May 31 at 7 a.m.
Browse summer recreation and culture programs online starting May 24.
Programs: https://www.oakville.ca/.../programs.../registered-programs/
Bike Month
Oakville, May 25, 2023 – for immediate release
Discover the joy of cycling during Bike Month! This annual celebration promotes the benefits of biking for individuals and communities. As a sustainable mode of transportation, biking helps reduce road congestion, keeps people healthy and active, and allows individuals to connect with nature and explore many destinations throughout town. Bike Month in Oakville and across the GTHA will kick off with Bike to Work Day on June 1 and residents are encouraged to choose cycling to commute to and from work for the day (and every day!)
Bike Month is coordinated by Cycle Toronto and supported by the Town of Oakville, the Town of Halton Hills and the City of Burlington.
When biking, safety comes first
As part of the town’s Bike Month initiatives and ongoing efforts to raise awareness about cycling safety, the town is working with the following seven local community agencies to provide bike safety equipment to children and families at no cost: Food for Life, Front Line Outreach, Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre, St. Luke’s Anglican Church, The Salvation Army, Oakville Sikh Gurdwara and ClearView Church. Items such as bike lights, bells and 1,000 youth helmets will be provided to residents who may not have the opportunity to directly access these important safety items to encourage more children to learn bike riding skills to travel safely, be confident and have fun.
Bike Month events
Various in-person and virtual community events are set to take place throughout June. Check out the Bike Month events calendar for opportunities to join group rides, safe cycling webinars, bike book displays and activities at the Oakville Public Library and more.
Wedgewood Pool
The Town of Oakville has received funding from the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund to make accessibility improvements to Wedgewood Pool. The goal is to make communities more accessible for persons with disabilities to participate in community activities, programs and services.
Learn more: https://www.oakville.ca/.../oakville-receives-federal.../
What's Happening Downtown?
There is always something great happening downtown.

Here are just a few :
Summer Sweat - Saturdays in June & July
 
Join us for Free Fitness in the Square Saturdays again this June and July. The Summer Sweat Outdoor Fitness Series is hosted by our local studios and fitness experts and offers a variety of classes for both the body and the mind. 
Pre-registration is required.  Special thanks to SPINCO, Hot Yoga & Pilates, Yellowdoor Wellness Studio, and Zazen Wellness Studio.

https://www.oakvilledowntown.com/summer-sweat


Sidewalk Sale - June 8 - June 11

It's back. Head Downtown and get ready for summer with savings from Downtown Oakville merchants. Shop the Street for deals along the sidewalk and in-store.
 
https://www.oakvilledowntown.com/event-details/shop-the-street-sidewalk-sale
 
Welcome to summer! What better way to spend a Friday night than on a patio or relaxing in Towne Square while listening to John Canham and Friends live Jazz. Every Friday from 7-9 starting June 2.
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Upcoming Special Events
#ParamedicDay is coming up on May 27. Celebrate Halton’s paramedics and all that they do to keep the #HaltonON community safe and healthy as we recognize Paramedic Services Week.
Join us between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Woodlands Operations Centre in #OakvilleON for our fun and free event.

Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides 2023

Sunday, May 28th for the national Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides. Register for their biggest fundraising event today!

Reduce your household and community waste by regular and proper use of Blue Box, Green Cart and Yard Waste programs. Turn your recyclables into new products and organics into compost!
Get information on waste management programs: 
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Important Dates

 
May 29th Council 6:30 pm
June 12th Planning & Development 6:30 pm
June 19th Council 6:30 pm
Councillor Contact Information

Regional &Town Councillor Haslett-Theall:

Email:    janet.haslett-theall@oakville.ca
Phone:   289-837-3923

 Town Councillor Gittings:

Email:   dave.gittings@oakville.ca
Phone:  905-844-5513

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Your Ward 3 Councillors,
Dave and Janet

 
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