Regional Official Plan Review – Have your say!

Regional Official Plan Review The Regional Official Plan (ROP) is a land use policy document created by Halton Region to shape the Region’s future growth and development. The Regional Official Plan Review (ROPR) is currently underway. It will impact local planning in Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Halton Hills.Halton Region is currently asking for feedback on a set of five Discussion Papers that may be of interest:·     

Regional Urban Structure (Integrated Growth Management Strategy): Urban system and growth management policies to guide population and job growth.·    

 Rural and Agricultural System: Agricultural policies to support the agricultural system in Halton.·    

 Natural Heritage: Natural heritage system policies to preserve the natural environment and protect source water.·     

Climate Change: Land-use policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change.·     

North Aldershot Planning Area: Implications of growth management, natural heritage and a rural and agricultural system in North Aldershot in the City of Burlington.

Town of Oakville Planning staff have prepared a report about the Region’s Discussion Papers. It will be presented at the Town’s online Planning and Development Council meeting on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 6:30 PM.  The report is Item 8 on the Agenda. The meeting will include a presentation about the ROPR by Curt Benson, Director, Planning Services and Chief Planning Official at Halton Region.

The Region wants to hear from you! The Discussion Papers, short summary pages and information on upcoming Public Information Centres are now available at

Please participate in the Region’s general questionnaire and/or technical questionnaire to provide feedback.

Stay ConnectedTo learn more about the review process or sign-up for email updates, please visit

Town of Oakville Opening more Park Amenities

Provincial emergency order remains in place until at least May 29
The town is working towards reopening more outdoor amenities over the coming week, while maintaining provincial orders and following public health directions.
The following amenities opened this week under provincial COVID-19 safety protocols requiring two-metre distancing during use and no groups of more than five, other than members of the same household.
Now open:
  • town-owned leash-free dog parks
  • parking lots at Tannery and Waterworks Park, Gairloch Gardens, Coronation Park, South Shell Park
  • Bronte, Coronation Park and Busby kayak/canoe launches
  • publically accessible sports fields (areas not locked and enclosed with fencing)
  • picnic tables and benches
  • skateboard parks
  • tennis and pickleball courts
All playgrounds, playground structures, splash pads, outdoor fitness equipment and public washrooms remain closed. Review the news release for details.

Message from the Town of Oakville with respect to Green Bins, Recycling and Garbage

Important message from Halton Region:

To protect the health and safety of our collection crews, Halton Region is asking residents to exercise extra caution when putting out garbage and Green Cart materials. 

In particular, please ensure all Green Cart materials, including used tissues and paper towels, are placed in BPI compostable Green Cart bags and tied before placing at the curb. All garbage materials must be bagged and tied, including sanitary wipes, masks, disposable gloves and personal hygiene products, before placing at the curb.  If using a garbage container, all garbage materials must also be bagged and tied before placing in the garbage container.

Thank you for helping protect the frontline workers in our community. We’re all in this together.


Repost of Mayor Burton’s March 31 Updates

If you haven’t already signed up for the regular Mayor Burton and Town council updates, you can do so here:

March 31st Office of the Mayor and Council Updates:

Updates on COVID-19 emergency
With the state of emergency in the province extended for two more weeks and the announcement of public school closures until May, now is the time to follow Dr. Theresa Tam’s advice to “double down” on physical distancing.
In a correction to messaging sent yesterday, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer says now is not the time to relax physical distancing and self-isolation measures.
These measures must be practiced whenever we leave our houses, but are told we should only do so for essential reasons, including:
  • For medical appointments
  • Grocery shopping
  • Picking up medications
  • Walking pets
  • Helping the vulnerable
Walking while avoiding crowds and maintaining social distancing is allowed, but please be respectful of others while you’re out.
It is also strongly recommended that anyone with a compromised immune system, underlying medical conditions or over age 70 begin self-isolating now and stay home to avoid increased risk of COVID-19.
The life you save may be your own – or someone you love or need. Go home and stay there so you don’t spread the virus. You can have the virus and not show it or know it.
Your Town Staff, Council and I are committed to ensuring we provide every support necessary to our community, our staff, and our regional public health officials during this very challenging time
As always, ask for help if you need it. Email me at – I will guide you to help.
Items in this update:
  • Publicly funded schools closed until May
  • Vital equipment expected to arrive this week
  • Increase in Halton CIVID-19 cases explained
  • MP Pam Damoff to host Tele-Town Hall
  • Outdoor recreational facilities still closed
  • Ontario increasing health and safety measures to protect frontline nurses
  • Grocery delivery services available
  • What having COVID-19 looks and feels like for patients
  • Opinion: U.S. not winning the fight
  • Safe walking tip
Publicly funded schools closed until May
Today, Premier Doug Ford said the next two weeks are critical.
As such, the provincial government has extended the order to close schools until at least May 1 for teachers and May 4 for students. Private schools and child care centres are also closed for two more weeks. The government is prepared to extend these closures further if they have to.
Education Minister Stephen Lecce discussed plans to introduce phase two of the Province’s Learn at Home programming that will keep students and staff safe while continuing to learn. This second phase will restore the teacher-student relationship, enhance student support and offer support for parents.
Minister Lecce recognizes the difficulty of this task and that it’s not ideal, but noted that students on track to graduation will be prioritized and students of all grade levels will be graded on the work, based on student access to technology to complete the work.
The Minister also noted that mental health services would be made available to students during this time.
Meanwhile, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Ross Romano confirmed a six-month suspension on student loan payments and that there will be no barriers to accessing postsecondary education.
Vital equipment expected to arrive this week
Canada’s COVID-19 supplies procurement proceeds on the basis of PHAC requests, Minister of Procurement and Government Services, Oakville MP Anita Anand, advised us today.
“In terms of health workers, we are working closely with provincial and territorial government, which are in turn working closely with healthcare providers to assess needs and identify priority items. Requirements are evolving rapidly, and governments at all levels are working around the clock to coordinate in real time.
“In order to avoid potential delays in meeting requirements, my Ministry has started proactively buying above and beyond the provincial requests. I am also setting up an FPT ministerial procurement table to better streamline and coordinate procurement.”
Such purchases include a contract with Medicom of Pointe Clair, Quebec of more than 157 million surgical masks. An order of more than 60 million N95 masks has also been made with delivery set for this week.
Minister Anand also noted that Public Services and Procurement Canada is working with Ottawa-based Spartan Bioscience, which will provide COVID-19 rapid test kits.
“The made-in-Canada kits will enable the testing of many more Canadians over an above the millions of tests already ordered.”
A significant order of ventilators has been made through Toronto’s Thornhill Medical as part of the 1,570 ventilators ordered from companies in Canada, Europe, the United State and overseas. Minister Anand says Canada is “working to secure upwards of 4,000 additional ventilators and very possibly more.”
“Many of our shipments are coming in now. We are helping PHAC transmit supplies to the provinces that are urgently reporting shortages,” advised Minister Anand, who admitted “there’s still much work to be done, and we are working day and night on it.”
In addition to thanking Canada’s essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Minister Anand also thanked and Home Depot for generous donations of personal protective equipment.

Supporting Kerr Village and Downtown Oakville

During these challenging times the businesses of Kerr Village and Downtown Oakville require our support. Many have shifted their businesses to allow residents to enjoy take out or delivery services.

Find out more by visiting these websites:

Local Businesses Need Your Support | Online Shopping, Takeout, Delivery & More!

Hello WHRA Members,

The Committee would like to wish you all a very Happy Holiday. If you like, you can click the link below and you will see the Christmas video Johannes Linstead (a WHRA resident and excellent Latin music band leader) sent us from some lovely, warm looking paradise. That is our Christmas card to you! All the best for the season!

The WHRA Exec Committee

Tropical Christmas – A New Holiday Ukulele Classic by Johannes Linstead

Old Tannery located at the West Pier on Sixteen Mile Creek – Oakville Historical Society Archives

One of the many great pleasures of living in the West Harbour neighbourhood is the history of the area. On a snowy, icy December afternoon, you may want to peruse the website of the Oakville Historical Society.  They have posted to their website a large collection of photos and documents relevant to our area.

Check out the map of Oakville from 1836, with nearly every lot and road as it is today.  Lakeshore Road was originally Colborne Road, but otherwise the map looks very similar to today. You can acquire a copy of this map, and others, at the Oakville Historical Society offices.


An example of West Harbour from their excellent photo library:


From their website:

This is the Old Tannery located at the West Pier on Sixteen Mile Creek. It was built in 1836 as a brewery and distillery. The stones on the left of the picture were piled by stonehookers in 1900. Used as a postcard.

All images used with permission of the Oakville Historical Society.