By Gisele Shaw
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 4:55 pm ·  0 Comments
Town Council has unanimously voted to move forward on changing the town’s ward boundary system, pending an increase to Regional Council’s representation. The decision means that Oakville’s ward boundaries will increase from six to seven, with adjustments made to all existing wards, except Ward 3, to accommodate a seventh ward.
The new Ward 7 captures neighbourhoods north of Dundas Street with Burlington as the boundary to the west, and Eighth Line as the boundary to the east. The new boundaries will be used to conduct the 2018 municipal election to reflect a Town Council of 14 councillors, plus Mayor.
“Updating our ward system is a necessary step to assure Oakville residents are represented effectively, as we anticipate an additional regional seat,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Thanks to the work completed to date as part of our ward boundary review we are well-positioned to take that step.”
The new ward boundary model approved by Council at their May 30, 2016 meeting aligns with principles initially approved in 2012 as part of the town’s extensive ward boundary review, including:
Additionally, the new model reflects the federal numerical standard of 25 per cent as an acceptable percentage variation in population size among the town’s wards.
A report and by-law to re-draw ward boundaries and to create the new Ward 7 will be presented to Council for final approval this fall, following the approval of a Halton Region by-law to increase Oakville’s regional representation.
Residents are invited to review the new ward boundary map available at oakville.ca by accessing the staff report included in the May 30,2016 Council meeting agenda or by visiting the Ward Boundary page. Questions can be sent to the Clerk’s department via email at email@example.com, or in person at Town Hall.