Reconsideration of Furnishings for Downtown Streetscape Design. What do you think?

Streetscape view of Lakeshore Road East in Oakville
Reconsideration of Furnishings for Downtown Streetscape Design. What do you think?

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Dave Gittings

Dave Gittings

Councillor Dave Gittings and his wife Susan have resided in Ward 3 for the past 25 plus years. Their three children attended Chisholm, EJ James Public School, and Oakville Trafalgar High School. Recently after a 30-year career in advertising management at the Toronto Star, this is Dave's first term as Town & Regional Councillor. Dave has been actively involved in both the business community and with a wide range of Oakville associations and groups.

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As you know, I filed a motion (below) for reconsideration last week to be included on the agenda for last evenings meeting of council. 

Given the huge show of support received from our community for this motion, and in an effort to bring closure to the process, I requested that rules of procedure be waived so that it could be tabled at council last evening.

In a recorded vote, my council colleagues unanimously supported the motion.

Thanks to all who attended last evenings meeting and the hundreds that shared their thoughts with members of council.

Lakeshore Road Streetscape

Moved by Councillor Gittings, Seconded by Councillor Hutchins

WHEREAS, the Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study, as detailed in the staff report from the Community Development Commission, dated February 17, 2015, was approved by Council in April 2015; and

WHEREAS, the Study included a streetscape master plan that addressed several transportation and streetscape items, including flexible (curbless) streets, street trees, street designs and boulevard materials as well as street furnishings and fixtures; and

WHEREAS, staff was given approval to undertake further public consultation of the recommended option of contemporary street furnishings, fixtures and street design as part of the engineering design work for the Lakeshore Road East Reconstruction and Streetscape Project; and

WHEREAS, during this additional public consultation, significant concerns have been raised regarding the recommended contemporary theme of furnishings and fixtures and a desire to maximize a flexible (curbless)design of the Lakeshore Road East configuration; and

WHEREAS, these concerns raise the need to reconsider the contemporary theme of furnishings and fixtures as well as the curbed configuration of Lakeshore Road East.

THEREFORE, be it resolved that:

1. Council reconsider the streetscape furniture and fixtures recommendations, including those that relate to streetlights, benches, bike rings and bollards.

2. Staff be directed to undertake a refreshed town-wide public engagement process to assess preferences for streetscape furniture and fixtures. Such process to include choices that reflect traditional and classical as well as contemporary.

3. Staff be directed to develop a configuration option for Lakeshore Road East that would provide, in whole or in part, a flexible-street (curbless) ability.

4. Staff be directed to present a report to Council in January 2017 outlining a) results of the engagement process on street furnishings and fixtures and, b) flexible-street (curbless) options for Lakeshore Road East along with recommendations.

Originally Posted: July 21, 2016

At the next Oakville Town Council meeting on July 25, 2016, I will be asking that procedure be waived to allow for a motion for reconsideration of the decision concerning the streetscape furnishings selected for downtown Oakville.

If successful (I will require support from 2/3 of my council colleagues), my motion will direct Town Staff to initiate a new public consultation process starting in early September to consider more traditional options for the Downtown Streetscape (lighting, furniture, etc.). As it is important that this project is not delayed, the objective will be for Staff to come forward with a recommendation for Heritage Oakville and Town Council by the end of 2016.

I would appreciate your support in letting all members of council know that you support this request for reconsideration. Please show your support by e-mailing MembersofCouncil@oakville.ca

town clock

The Downtown Oakville clock in the square is historical, even though it was presented to the town at the turn of the century.

Background

Public consultation on the different options for Lakeshore Road, the streetscape master plan as well as the theme for the site furnishings and finishes took place in 2014-2015. Staff presented the preferred options to Council in March 2015. Council approved the recommendations from the Downtown Transportation and Streetscape study in April 2015.

Staff reported back to Council in November 2015 on the Lakeshore Road construction phasing alternatives, as well a business review study to determine the ability of a new parking structure to attract both short term and long term patrons, recommendations on how the town may ensure its success, and funding for a new parking garage.

Council approved the timing for the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction project to commence in 2019 and be completed over a two year period. In addition, the Lakeshore Road bridge over Sixteen Mile Creek will be rehabilitated in 2017.

There has been significant feedback received from the public over the past two months regarding the contemporary street furnishings that were recommended and approved (streetlight poles, benches, bike rings & bollards) through the consultation process.

It is for this reason that I ask for your support so that we may hear from residents, and make sure that we ‘get it right’. Please email your support for reconsideration to MembersofCouncil@oakville.ca

Contemporary Outdoor Furnishings

A contemporary design of streetscape furnishings is what has been recommended, but there is also a consideration for a more traditional look.

Which style of furnishings would you like to see in Downtown Oakville?

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Readers Comments (6)

  1. Penny Penrose says:

    Surely where you have an older downtown area you would wish to preserve the atmosphere. Contemporary fixtures would be out of character & in a decade ‘out of fashion’ & dated.

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  2. Jouni Koponen says:

    Historical or historical themed design would seem most appropriate for downtown. A call for proposals based on a historical design criteria might yield unique signiture designs that could last for many years and may provide emblematic symbols for use in other areas of Oakville.

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  3. Joan Fair says:

    The contemporary distracts from the traditional look of downtown Oakville. By all means, use LED, add benches and garbage containers but take a look around and have the street furniture match the buildings and streets are.

    Put the new and modern in Upper Oakville where it will look beautiful.

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  4. Justine Maybury says:

    The super tall streetlights are way too tall for the downtown and clinical looking. They also look like a variation on the typical Ontario street light. The we have now is unique and in keeping with the look of Oakville.

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  5. Babsi says:

    We are not living in Oakville any more…..why would one even consider changing them?????
    Bad enough that most new sub division have to live with highway lights!

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  6. MonkeyFinger says:

    Get it together contemporary/modern mix well with heritage buildings. Ever been to Europe. many GTA residents patron Oakville. It shows we are modern and progressive community.Downtown is not just for a priviledged few. Get your heads out of the sand…its time to grow up. Upward and Onward….

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