Switching Gears for Oakville’s Transportation Master Plan

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Gisele Shaw

Gisele Shaw

Gisele Shaw is the Manager of Corporate Communication for the town of Oakville since 2002. Prior to working for the town she worked for Halton Region as a communications specialist. She is a graduate of Humber College.

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As part of the scheduled update of its Switching Gears Transportation Master Plan (TMP), the Town of Oakville is seeking input from residents to help identify community transportation priorities from now until 2031.

The Transportation Master Plan provides the guidance for the town’s transportation system and related programs for all modes of transportation (walking, cycling, transit, vehicular traffic). It provides the strategy for addressing the town’s transportation needs to 2031, based on the anticipated population and job growth within Oakville. Switching Gears will consider the role each mode plays in mobility for Oakville residents. It incorporates transportation, land use planning and financial strategy which respects the social, environmental and economic goals as defined in the Livable Oakville Plan, Halton’s Official Plan and Transportation Plan, and other provincial strategies.

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“Our goal is to offer balanced, sustainable transportation options that make it even easier for people, goods, and services to move around Oakville,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “Switching Gears offers exceptionally detailed integration between Oakville’s land use and transportation planning. Now, we’re looking for public input to make sure we are focused on the community’s transportation priorities.”

Oakville’s population has increased from 182,520 in 2011 to 193,832 in 2016. The 2031 population forecast is 255,000.

Over the next few decades, the town expects to see increased traffic due to population and employment growth. According to census data, the town’s population has increased from 182,520 in 2011 to 193,832 in 2016. The 2031 population forecast is 255,000. That’s why the town is looking for responsible and effective ways to handle this growing demand by finding a balance for strategic road improvements with the need for greater range of transportation choices to reduce the number of vehicles on the road.

Building on the success of the town’s recent Active Transportation Master Plan update, Goods Movement Study and Pedestrian Safety Study, 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.

To connect with residents, the town will be hosting a public open house on May 17 at Town Hall from 6 – 8 p.m. Drop-in and registration starts at 6 p.m. followed by a staff presentation and open house from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Residents are also encouraged to submit comments and suggestions at tmp@oakville.ca or share their ideas on Facebook or Twitter.

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