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2022 Budget process

What’s the process and who is involved?

The budget process is about offering valued programs to the community, making strategic investments in infrastructure and keeping property taxes as low as possible. It ensures the town’s resources are spent wisely as well as brings the town’s Strategic Plan to life by providing the necessary funds to move action plans forward.

The Budget Committee is a Standing Committee of Council. Members include the Mayor and four councillors. The 2022 Budget Committee members are Mayor Rob Burton, Ward 6 Town and Regional Councillor Tom Adams (Chair) as well as Ward 3 Town and Regional Councillor Dave Gittings, Ward 5 Town and Regional Councillor Jeff Knoll and Ward 7 Town and Regional Councillor Pavan Parmar.

The Budget Committee receives an overview of the town’s finances and a draft plan on how we will deliver our programs and services for the coming year. The town’s Commission (business area) staff will present highlights of their proposed budgets. The Budget Committee reviews the plans, makes recommendations to the proposed budget, and approves requests to ensure appropriate funds are allocated for program and service delivery for that year.

Once the Budget Committee approves the proposed budget, it goes to Town Council for a vote.

Budget Committee meetings

Due to COVID-19, attendance at Town Hall is restricted and public meetings are being held by videoconference only. Meetings will be available to the public on our Live Stream page and the Town of Oakville YouTube channel.

June 21, 2021 – the first meeting of the 2022 Budget Committee was held to commence the budget process. At this meeting, Councillor Tom Adams was appointed as a Chair of the 2022 Budget Committee. For more information, please review the June 21 staff report.

June 21, 2021 – staff provided an overview of the 2022 budget process as well as the preliminary budget forecast. For more information, please review the June 21 staff report and June 21 staff Budget Overview presentation (pdf).

November 16, 2021, 1:30 p.m. – overview and release of the 2022 budget book and rates and fees. Review our news release for more information. 

November 23, 2021, 9:30 a.m. – Commissioner presentations to review program budgets in more detail

November 30, 2021, 9:30 a.m. – public delegations

December 2, 2021, 6:30 p.m. – public delegations

December 14, 2021, 1:30 p.m. – Budget Committee deliberations and recommendations

2022 Budget Virtual Open House

Join us on Thursday, November 25 from 7 to 8 p.m. for an opportunity to ask questions about Council’s key budget priorities and the 2022 Budget.

This open house will be hosted by Councillor Tom Adams, Budget Committee Chair, who will be available, along with members of the town’s finance team, to answer questions from residents.

How to join the meeting

Please email budget@oakville.ca to be provided with the Zoom link.

How to submit a question

You can submit your questions to budget@oakville.ca in advance of the open house, or ask your questions live during the meeting by using Zoom’s question and answer function.

Council meeting

Monday, December 20, 2021, 6:30 p.m.
Council Chamber, Town Hall
1225 Trafalgar Road

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Council approves additional conservation measures for Glen Abbey Golf Course

Oakville Council approved additional planning and conservation measures designed to conserve the cultural heritage value and attributes of the Glen Abbey Golf Course at its Planning and Development Council meeting last night. These measures included specific official plan and zoning amendments, a Cultural Heritage Landscape Conservation Plan by-law, and a Cultural Heritage Landscape Conservation Plan for the Glen Abbey property. Staff also tabled proposed amendments to existing town site alteration, private tree protection and property standards by-laws with respect to cultural heritage landscapes and protected heritage properties. All of these measures have helped further the town’s implementation of the planning and cultural heritage studies that were undertaken while the town’s interim control by-law (ICB) restricted Glen Abbey to its existing uses.

“The ICB provided the town with sufficient time to carry out studies on the cultural heritage value and interest of the property, as well as the potential impact of ClubLink’s proposal to redevelop its Glen Abbey Golf Course property on the growth of our community,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Council is confident that the official plan and zoning amendments approved tonight conform to provincial, regional and town official plans and that the Conservation Plan creates a workable plan to retain the cultural heritage value of the Glen Abbey Golf Course property.”

Town Council officially designated the Glen Abbey Golf Course property for its heritage value on December 20, 2017. The designation recognized the property as a significant cultural heritage landscape. Provincial policy and the 2017 Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe require that significant cultural heritage landscapes be conserved. The Cultural Heritage Landscape Conservation Plan for Glen Abbey Golf Course, as well as the official plan and zoning by-law amendments, provide guidance to ensure that any future alterations to the property conserve the significant cultural heritage landscape of Glen Abbey. The plan also outlines what activities would require town consent, and what would be exempt.

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Hydro line clearing and construction taking place in east Oakville

Learn more at Open House on January 16

Starting this month, the Town of Oakville and its tree service contractor will perform hydro line clearing in east Oakville, on behalf of Oakville Hydro. Trees are pruned to ensure safe clearance around hydro lines and to minimize safety hazards and power outages. Oakville Hydro will also coordinate pole construction with the line clearing program in this area.

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Oakville Council formally designates Glen Abbey Golf Course property a cultural heritage landscape

Town Council voted unanimously to pass By-law 2017-138, a by-law that designates Glen Abbey Golf Course property as a property of cultural heritage value or interest. The town will now issue a Notice of Designation to ClubLink, the owner of the property, and register this designation on the title of the property. The property will also be added to the Oakville, provincial and Canadian registers of designated properties.

“This by-law is the end result of a very comprehensive process in which town staff, heritage experts and members of the community all put forth compelling evidence of the significant cultural heritage value and attributes of the Glen Abbey property,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Council remains committed to conserving our cultural heritage.”

On August 21, 2017, Council directed staff to proceed with a Notice of Intention to Designate the Glen Abbey Golf Course property. Under the Ontario Heritage Act (the Act), anyone who objects to the Notice of Intention to Designate must file an objection within 30 days of the Notice being issued. The owner did not file an objection. The only objector to the town’s Notice was the Pacific Life Insurance Company, the mortgagee. On Monday December 18, 2017, Pacific Life wrote to the Conservation Review Board to withdraw its objection. As there were no outstanding objections, the Conservation Review Board closed its file.  Pursuant to Section 29 of the Act, this closure returned the matter back to Town Council to proceed as if no objection had been received. Council was required to either proceed with the by-law designating the Glen Abbey Golf Course property, or withdraw the Notice of Intention to Designate. The Town Council decision to proceed with this designation provides certainty to both the town and the property owner on the specific cultural heritage landscape value and interest of the property and the description of heritage attributes.

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Switching Gears Transportation Master Plan

Oakville’s TMP, Switching Gears (pdf) looks at all modes of transportation including public transit, walking, cycling and ride-sharing along with strategic roadway improvements to ensure the safe, convenient and efficient movement of people and goods.

Launched in 2013, Switching Gears is the town’s guiding document for developing practical, sustainable, long-term plans to guide the town’s transportation system to meet the needs of its anticipated growth to 2031. It incorporates transportation, land use planning and financial strategy which respects the social, environmental and economic goals as defined in the Livable Oakville Plan, the Halton Region Official Plan and other provincial strategies. It also aligns with other key studies including the town’s Active Transportation Master Plan and Halton’s Transportation Plan – The Road to Change.

It’s time for Oakville to update its TMP

Oakville is growing and changing. Over the next few decades, the town expects to see increased traffic due to population and employment growth. To address this challenge, staff is looking for responsible and effective ways to handle the growing demand including finding a balance for strategic road improvements, with the need to provide a greater range of transportation choices to reduce the number of vehicles on the road.

The 2017 TMP Update will review the transportation network improvements focusing on future transit targets to accommodate growth to 2031, and provide input into the town’s upcoming Development Charge By-Law.

Public consultation

Building on the success of the town’s recent Active Transportation Master Plan update, Goods Movement Study and Pedestrian Safety Study, staff will be seeking public feedback to guide the TMP update. The 2017 TMP Update is following the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (as amended, 2015) process involving two consultation meetings between May and December 2017. Continue reading Switching Gears Transportation Master Plan