Oakville Council provides feedback to province on regional government review

On February 25th, Town Council unanimously passed a resolution from Mayor Rob Burton that highlights the strength of existing municipal governance in Oakville and Halton Region and encourages residents to share their thoughts with the province before any change to municipal representation or possible merger with other municipalities takes place.

“Oakville Council does not favour any structural change in governance because we already have established and effective working relationships with both the Region of Halton and our neighbouring municipalities,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “We have continually worked together to ensure the efficient and effective delivery of services. We have conducted major reviews to ensure value for money for our taxpayers and we work closely with Halton to ensure we don’t have duplication in our areas of shared responsibility. Two-tiered government works here in Halton.”

The Mayor is also concerned with the lack of community engagement by the province on such a critical issue. According to the Government of Ontario website, the province committed to soliciting input from members of the public from the nine regions that will be reviewed. However, there have been no public information events on the review organized for residents by the province or the local Members of Provincial Parliament in the Town of Oakville.

“Many Oakville residents remain unaware of the government review, its parameters, and the potential implications for the Town of Oakville and Halton Region,” added Mayor Burton. “We want the province to consult with our community before making any changes and allow us to provide input on what we think needs to be done.”

In January, the provincial government announced a review of Ontario’s eight regional municipalities and 83 associated municipalities. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing appointed an advisory body to deliver expert advice based on the subject-matter expertise of two special advisors and the assessment of feedback received through a consultation process. The special advisors were directed to develop recommendations and actionable options for implementation by this summer.

Earlier this month, Oakville’s Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer met with the provincial advisors to answer questions on the themes of governance, decision-making and service delivery. A written submission was also submitted to the advisory board highlighting that the programs and services the town delivers are valued by our community, and Oakville’s track record of success is well-documented.

  • The Town of Oakville and Halton Region have maintained a AAA credit rating for 29 years based on what Moody’s describes as its strong management practices demonstrating “good political and managerial strength”
  • 81 per cent of residents are satisfied with the government of the Town of Oakville, 89 per cent were satisfied with town services and 85 per cent were satisfied with the town’s attributes
  • 97 per cent of residents are satisfied with the quality of regional services
  • Halton is a model of municipal efficiency through service agreements between municipalities and the Region, and 98 per cent of Halton residents rate their quality of life very high, and
  • Oakville is recognized as Canada’s Best Place to Live

Halton’s Regional Chair and the Heads of Council for Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville have also met with the advisory board and made submissions.

The town’s resolution will be forwarded to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and will also be shared with all Halton municipalities and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.

To learn more, read the report and resolution (item #4).

Council to vote whether to opt-in or opt-out of allowing retail cannabis stores in town

Share your thoughts

The town wants to hear what residents have to say on this matter.

Attend Planning and Development Council on January 14, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Halton Regional Centre – Council Chamber
1151 Bronte Road, Oakville

Residents are welcome to share their opinion at the Council meeting on January 14 and can register as a delegate by emailing the Town Clerk or call 905-815-6015.

Email us

If you can’t make the meeting, you can email your feedback to the Town Clerk.

2019 Budget documents released

Get involved. Budget meetings start in January 
The proposed 2019 operating and capital budgets were presented to the Budget Committee yesterday, achieving Council’s direction to keep the total property tax increase in line with inflation. 
Town staff recommended a budget that results in a 3.10 per cent increase to the town’s portion of the tax bill, for an overall property tax increase of 2 per cent when combined with the estimated regional and educational tax levies.
“It’s a fiscally responsible budget that makes strategic investments in our community to enhance our infrastructure, while delivering the high-quality services our residents want and expect,” said Mayor Rob Burton.
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Kerr Street Underpass Project

Streetscape Design Survey

Improving how people move, through and within Oakville

The Town of Oakville, through its transportation master planning process, identified the need to rebuild and widen Kerr Street between Speers Road and Wyecroft Road, including the building of a new underpass at the Lakeshore West GO line. The town is partnering with Metrolinx to move forward with this project and complete it faster. Preliminary work on the project will start in 2019 with construction of the underpass starting as early as the spring of 2020. The work will take up to three years to complete. The current road alignment will remain in place during construction while we build the new road to the west.

This is a major engineering project and the town and Metrolinx will work hard to reduce the impact of construction on businesses, residents and local traffic as much as possible throughout project.

This project will improve traffic flow in the area, and allow Metrolinx to deliver increased GO service levels on the Lakeshore West line using electric trains. For details visit the Metrolinx website.

Streetscape Design — Open House September 13

This portion of the project focuses on the selection of street furnishings and other elements such as light poles, benches, pavers, and railings for Kerr Street, from the rail crossing, south to Speers Road. The town intends to incorporate the selected elements into a conceptual streetscape strategy for future reference and consideration for streetscape improvements within the Kerr Village Growth Area.

Drop in!

Thursday, September 13, 2018
6:30–8 p.m.
263 Kerr Street (currently the Oakville Seniors Centre building)

Drop by anytime. There will be no formal presentation. The streetscape elements will be displayed on information boards and town staff will be on hand to answer any questions.

We heard you

This meeting is a follow up to the open house we held on June 26 and the online streetscape design survey that has been open since June 27.

Online feedback open until August 31

You still have a chance to tell us what you think by completing our streetscape design survey. Thank you for participating!

Accessibility needs?

If you plan to attend the open house and have accessibility needs, please contact Philip Wiersma by September 7 at 905-845-6601, ext. 3795 (TTY: 905-338-4200), email philip.wiersma@oakville.ca

Construction and Design

The Kerr Street Underpass Project is a critical part of the town’s Transportation Master Plan and will include:

  • building a new underpass at Kerr St. and the Metrolinx railway;
  • widening Kerr Street from Speers Road to just north of the QEW to allow for two northbound and two southbound lanes, including dual soutbound left turn lanes and a right turn lane at Speers Road; northbound and southbound left turn lanes at Shepherd Road, and a northbound left turn lane at the intersection with Wyecroft Road
  • shifting the road alignment westerly to keep the underpass as far away from the Sixteen Mile Creek top of bank

The new underpass will also allow Metrolinx to deliver increased GO service levels on the Lakeshore West line using electric trains.

Update

On May 2, the Town of Oakville and Metrolinx hosted a public meeting where the community learned about the overall project details, timing and logistics. A second meeting about the overall project will be held later in 2018. Stay tuned!

In spring/summer 2018, Metrolinx will issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) to build the Kerr St. underpass along with other infrastructure required to expand GO service on the Lakeshore West line. The winning bidder will be selected in late 2018 and will be responsible for the detailed design, planning, staging and construction of the Kerr Street underpass.

Stay connected

Return here, follow the town’s Facebook or Twitter feeds or visit Metrolinx.com/kerr.

If you have any other questions or comments, email kerr@metrolinx.com.

Background Information – Environmental study report 2009

The town has completed a Class Environmental Assessment for Kerr Street grade separation from Speers Road to North of the QEW bridge. Review a copy of the final report for the Kerr Street Grade Separation at CNR Tracks Class Environmental Study Report (pdf)

Appendixes

Appendix A – Minutes and Correspondence (pdf)
Appendix B – Public Consultation (pdf)
Appendix C – Natural Environment Review (pdf)
Appendix D – Noise Analysis (pdf)
Appendix E – Geotechnical Report (pdf)
Appendix F – Built Heritage Review (pdf)
Appendix G – Archaeology Review (pdf)