As a lifelong resident of Ward 3, I am passionate about maintaining the culture and
integrity of the unique and distinctive neighbourhoods in our ward.
The Hospital Lands
I lived the first 45 years of my life on MacDonald Road, directly across from the hospital,
so I can literally put myself in the shoes of the local residents. Many people feel
uncertain about the future of the hospital lands. In 2016, significant changes will begin
on that site, and I pledge to --
Ensure that demolition and subsequent new developments are completed efficiently
Keep disruption in the neighbourhood to a minimum
Work to keep the Town to the intended plan for the site. I believe the key point is
to maintain the integrity of the neighbourhood, and ensure any redevelopment is
subject to the requirements within the plan. This simply says that development
must follow the compatibility criteria for residential development – detached and
semi-detached dwellings, townhouses and low-rise apartments at an overall
density of 29 units per site hectare. This criteria is intended to maintain and
protect the character of the existing neighbourhood. Within the Livable Oakville
Plan, these lands can also be used for the community, which will be a great
addition to our neighbourhood.
Downtown Oakville is a unique and attractive asset to our community. In recent years,
this area has seen a dramatic increase in its vacancy rate. To help turn around this
disturbing trend, my objectives would be to --
Work with the Business Improvement Area (BIA) to return the Downtown Core to
100% occupancy, a high aspiration although one I believe is attainable.
I am currently a member of the marketing committee for the Downtown Oakville
BIA, which is dedicated to developing new ideas to bring foot traffic back into the
gem of our town. It is my opinion that the key to the successful revitalization of
the downtown core lies in the events and festivals that we create and attract.
I also believe it is essential to create a branding strategy that encourages not only
our residents to come downtown, but also invites tourists to spend the day in our
quaint little village, within the town.
We need to continue with further analysis on the impact of key decisions still to be made
around the planned use of the lands that currently house the Library, the Performing
Arts Centre and Centennial Pool.
These facilities are located on what’s known as Centennial Square and were built
in 1967 and 1977 to provide cultural and recreational facilities for a population of
60,000. We have obviously outgrown that number
Today these facilities are nearing the end of their functional lifespan, and
require, at minimum, modernization and renovations to meet current needs
and legislative requirements. Initial studies indicate there will be an enormous
financial outlay of capital to modernize these facilities, which subsequently has
caused some concern as to the financial viability of the projected plans for the
revitalization of these facilities
I want to ensure these monumental changes to Downtown Oakville will have a
positive impact on local shops, restaurants, and our community at large, while
still remaining fiscally responsible to the town as a whole
We must continue to enhance the quality of our community with the sustainable
development of the Mid-Town Core.
The changes we've seen so far – the new parking facility at the Oakville GO
Station at Trafalgar and Cornwall Rd, as well as a couple of fantastic new retail
venues – have improved the area.
We need to continue with this course of action.
Going forward, we must strive to welcome change while still valuing and maintaining
the unique integrity and cultural heritage of Old Oakville. We must understand and
evaluate the wants and needs of the entire ward, working in conjunction with the local
residents’ associations, business owners, Town of Oakville staff, as well as all levels
of government. Only by working together can we drive Ward 3 and the entire Town of