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    Aug092011

    Where is My Tax Money Going? Key Initiatives of the Town of Oakville

    It may sound nerdy, but annual reports are a great source for community information.  If you, like me want to understand the ins and outs of Life in Oakville, I urge you to take a look at the initiatives Oakville has been undertaking to keep it a great place to call home.  Key areas of focus are highlighted below:

    Note: These highlights are taken from Oakville's 2010 Annual Economic Report

    Economic Strategy:

    • Worked to Develop and protect Oakville's employment land, in particular the Winston Park Employment lands in east Oakville (just north of the QEW).  Goal is to attract and retain business to the area
    • Business Profile for Oakville was created on the town of Oakville website.  The site details information used to attract local businesses

     Environmental: 

    •  Stopped the proposed Power Plant in South East Oakville thanks to the collective efforts of many
    • Established a Health Protection and Air Quality Bylaw (to protect harmful emissions in Oakville)
    • Communicated on Ash Tree Canopy issues.  The town is no longer planting Ash trees due to the Emerald Ash Borer beetle which is harming local Ash trees
    • Hosted a Green Building Summit, promoting environmental sustainability
    • Established guidelines for sustainable design for all new municipal facilities
    • Reduced Carbon dioxide emissions by the equivalent of 1,247 tons in 2010.  Town is on track to achieve it's corporate target carbon dioxide reduction plan of 20% by 2014
    • Completed draft Urban Forest Strategic Management Plan for North Oakville to ensure the natural landscape of North Oakville is maintained and enhanced 

    Facilities/Services:

    • Determined the "local share" portion of the funding for the new Oakville hospital
    • Opened Sixteen Mile Creek Sports Complex, Oakville's newest sports facility.  Click here for more details on the complex
    • Completed framework for Downtown Oakville's Strategic Action Plan.  This plan will help address downtown Oakville issues over the next 20 years
    • Started construction on Oakville Transit Depot.  Oakville Transit users were at a record high, up  6% over 2009
    • Started Construction on new Queen Elizabeth Park Community Centre.  Click here for more details on this project
    • Began development of a concept plan for a digital media and animation hub in Oakville that will leverage the educational assets of Sheridan Institute
    • Opened and improved a number of parks and parkettes this year including phase one of Bronte Waterfront Heritage Park and phase one of Westwood Park
    • Upgraded Kinoak Arena (including green roof technology) and completed of Bronte athletic field and North Park fields 
    • Settled Oakville's development charge lawsuit (lawsuit over amount of money developers are required to pay the town and region for new home construction); final result is a 40% in development charges over 2004 levels

     Town of Oakville Awards:

    • Heritage Foundation of Canada award for municipal heritage leadership 
    • 2009 Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Community Leadership
    • 2 Ontario Professional Planners Institute "Excellence in Planning" awards
    • "High Five" accreditation for providing quality recreation programs for kids

    Key Issues for 2011:

    •  Complete vision for current Oakville Hospital site
    • Continue implentation of North Oakville as well as Oakville's "Livable Oakville" official plan
    • Work on master plan for Oakville transit
    • Work on economic development strategy to attract and promote business to the area
    • Work to develop Winston Park employment lands
    • Consult with the community on a Library, Parks and Recreation "master plan"
    • Deliver a 2011 budget in line with the rate of inflation
    • Develop north Oakville forestry plan.  Goal is to keep 40% woodlands in the area

    It's often hard to explain clearly to clients how Oakville sets itself apart from other communities.  The information in reports like Oakville's Annual Economic Report highlights the level of detail and planning that Oakville is undergoing to keep it a phenomenal place to live.  We may be faced with a rough global economy but I sleep well knowing that my community is poised to continue to be a phenomenal place to call home.  

    If you are thinking of moving and want to understand the ins and outs of Life in Oakville, I am happy to speak with you.  I can be reached at 905.484.5162 or lindsay@remaxaboutowne.com.

    I look forward to hearing from you!

    Regards,

    Lindsay 

     

     

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