Planning ahead so that Oakville is always Rain Ready

Stormwater Master Plan: What are your Thoughts?

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Planning ahead so that Oakville is always Rain Ready

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Nolan A Machan

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Nolan Machan is the Publisher of OakvilleNews.Org and has over 41 years of local Oakville knowledge. He is committed to providing Oakville residents with the most up-to-date information about our great town.

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There has been an increase in extreme rainfall events in Southwestern Ontario as a result of climate change, and thankfully, Stormwater management practices in Oakville have progressed greatly over the past 30 years. As the town grows, there is less natural ground for the stormwater to soak into. Instead stormwater runs onto roads, driveways, and sidewalks, which could lead to floods. As a result the new areas of town are less vulnerable to flooding than some of the older neighbourhoods.

To build on this progress and ensure a long-term vision for stormwater management, the town is developing a Stormwater Master Plan called Be Rain Ready. Members of the community are invited to share their ideas online or at an open house on Thursday, June 23, 2016.

The intent of the meeting is to gauge the communities’ thoughts, concerns and ideas about stormwater and drainage. For example, how often have residents observed standing water or ponding in their neighbourhood. If residents have any concerns they would like to see considered as part of the town’s Stormwater Master Plan Study (i.e. maintenance, erosion, environmental health of the system), they can bring they forward at the meeting. This meeting and its resulting plan aim to increase public awareness and education about stormwater management best practices and better protect properties from flooding.

“Staff are currently building a plan to strengthen Oakville’s stormwater management system,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “We’re calling on residents to share their own experiences and ideas with the town to build the most effective, comprehensive plan possible.”

Once completed, the Stormwater Master Plan will have immediate and long-term action steps to enhance the town’s approach to stormwater management and climate change issues, while Oakville residents will have important tips for how to reduce the risk of flooding on their property. The development of the Stormwater Master Plan – Be Rain Ready is being completed in three phases:

• Phase 1 (completed in 2015): Assessed the condition of the existing stormwater system and collected background data

• Phase 2 (now underway): Assessing the performance of the existing stormwater system to identify vulnerabilities and opportunities to decrease flood risk

• Phase 3 (to be initiated Summer of 2017): Developing and assessing funding strategies to implement the plan

The June 23, 2016 open house is part of Phase 2 and will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. in the South Atrium at Town Hall. It’s a drop-in format where staff and the town’s consulting team will be present to discuss the study and answer any questions. The town will also be offering an online questionnaire starting Thursday to gather your experiences and ideas about stormwater management and drainage.

While it is the role of town staff and our consultants specializing in their field to prepare the plan, hearing from the community about what they would like to see and what they have experienced will ensure a comprehensive stormwater management plan.

If you are coming to the open house and have any accessibility needs, please let us know before June 21, 2016 by contacting Kristina Parker at 905-845-6601, ext. 3889 (TTY: 905-338-4200), email kristina.parker@oakville.ca or fill out our accessible online feedback form

For more details visit the town’s Stormwater Management or its Stormwater Master Plan web pages on oakville.ca.

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