During the meeting we learned that the Town does not take into consideration the use of an intersection when conducting traffic studies but, rather, relies on a count of the traffic going through. As you know, your WHRA Executive has been petitioning the Town for a four way stop at the intersection of Burnet and Wilson Streets for many years, due to the children’s playground that is located next to the intersection.
We have the support of our Councillors and have heard from Councillor Chisholm that the Town will conduct one further traffic study on the weekend following the July 1st holiday and he has asked us to circulate his letter below.
The Town will be doing a Warrants Study for possible stop signs installation (north and south) at the Wilson and Burnet intersection the July 1st long weekend. Specifically, they will be there for two days, Friday and Saturday from approx. 11am to 7pm. My ask is, could you please pass this message along to your contacts that live in the area to take the opportunity to drive their vehicle through this intersection during these designated times. The target is an 80 percentile to ensure installation of these two stop signs. Let’s hope we can meet this target.
Updated parking signs and lot enhancements to be implemented at Bronte Beach and Tannery Park
Oakville, June 23, 2021 – for immediate releaseThe Town of Oakville is making improvements to waterfront parks this summer to help address parking concerns and enhance the experience of visitors. “Last year, visitation to our parks, particularly the ones along the waterfront, increased significantly due to the pandemic, resulting in our staff responding to a number of issues, including illegal parking, parking after park closure and overflow parking into neighbourhood areas,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “Parking management and control measures are being implemented this summer to help manage park usage and ensure all visitors can enjoy our parks safely.” Signs at Bronte Beach and Tannery Park will be updated to inform visitors that parks will close at 10 p.m. daily (with exceptions, such as walking through the park) and that parking will be prohibited when the park is closed. The town will also post parking restrictions and regulations, clearly stating overnight parking, as well as inoperable, unlicensed and commercial vehicles are prohibited. Visitors will be reminded to review all posted signs before leaving their vehicle to avoid being ticketed or towed. Other improvements include:
better defining parking spaces and areas, including gravel lots to show where visitors can and cannot park;
creating a temporary public parking area at Bronte Marina; and
installing more bike racks, particularly at the popular waterfront parks, and encouraging residents to consider taking transit, cycling, walking or rollerblading to popular parks.
“We are anticipating another busy summer and these measures are among a number of ways the town is supporting a safe summer at our parks,” said Jim Barry, Director of Municipal Enforcement Services. “We have temporary special provision areas near popular parks to ensure traffic can continue to move, dedicated enforcement officers patrolling all our parks and 15 park ambassadors providing visitors information on safe use of amenities and alerting officers or police if there are safety concerns that need immediate response.” For more details, read the Waterfront Parks Parking Improvements staff report (item 9 on the June 21, 2021 Council Addendum).-30-
Julia LeSenior Communications Advisor Strategic Initiatives & Communications905email@example.com
In our last newsletter we informed you that the Town would be doing further traffic studies in the summer months and some of you might have heard of a plan for a study at Burnet and Wilson Streets and an additional study at the intersection of Brant and John Streets, where residents see a need for four way stop signs.
In the meantime, we have been advised that the Town will be holding a virtual meeting on June 14th to discuss traffic concerns and all West Harbour residents are invited to attend. Please see details below.
The Halton Environment Network and the Small Change Fund has recently established the Green Drive Oakville project which is working to explore a possible a new community business that would employ local Oakville residents to install Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers and green driveways in homes within our community.
The Green Drive Oakville team is currently doing market research and need our help – they want to find out what Oakville residents think about EV chargers, electric cars (including ones to be made in Oakville), and removing old asphalt and concrete driveways and replacing them with permeable surfaces that reduce the strain put on the town’s stormwater system.
Item #6 on the agenda will be the delegation from the Garden Drive Residents Association, who oppose the proposed Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment to 105, 115-159 Garden Drive. This is the group that WHRA supports in their submission to Oakville Town Council to deny the application submitted by Revera/SmartCentres, to build a for profit retirement home on the property.
We hope you are able to view this Council meeting as this proposed project would have a big impact on our West Harbour community.
Happy New Year to everyone. Here is a link to the Ward 2 newsletter which has been distributed by our Councillors, Cathy Duddeck and Ray Chisholm. You will see in that letter there is a place where you can sign up to receive them as and when they are issued.
As we approach December we want to wish you a safe and happy Holiday season, even though it might be totally different for you this year.
Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, your Executive Committee has not been meeting as often as we would like and we weren’t able to hold any of our usual social events or the Annual General Meeting. For that reason and because we have not spent any of our funds, we won’t be collecting the annual membership dues. We would like to suggest that you donate your membership dues to one of our local charities, e.g. Kerr Street Mission, Salvation Army, Fair Share (food bank) or any other that is dear to your heart. Our local retailers and restaurants are suffering during the pandemic and we know you will support them in person and online whenever you can.
Our Ward 2 Councillors have been hard at work in different ways and the Mayor has been sending out a daily newsletter to keep us all aware of what is going on with Covid-19 and the Town of Oakville, the Region of Halton and the Province of Ontario. We would strongly encourage you to sign up for the Mayor’s newsletter via this link.
There are several new developments in process. The ground has been broken for 22 townhouses at the corner of Brookfield Road and Lakeshore. There is a condominium development proposed for the site at Maurice Drive and Lakeshore. The building occupied by the Dog Guides at the corner of Rebecca and Kerr Street will be re-developed as a multi storey retirement home/apartment building. An application has been made for a retirement home on Lakeshore Road between Maurice Drive and Garden Drive. We are ever hopeful that the vacant site at Chisholm Street and Lakeshore Road will be developed in the near future. The new owner of the site appears to be making some progress with respect to the historic house that is on the property. There is nothing to report on the old Mexica Rosa’s site, other than the Town has amended the Official Plan to allow for a multi storey building higher than 4 stories if the site is sold to a developer. The Province has imposed new rules that override the Town’s Official Plan and we might expect more density in the future.
Our beautiful new park incorporating Waterworks, Tannery and Shipyards parks was well used during the summer months but for some of the residents living in the neighbourhood it created problems with traffic, parking and unruly behaviour on the part of some of the park visitors. Those residents approached the WHRA and we referred them on to the Councillors. As a result, the Town implemented new parking rules, increased the parking fines and undertook a Traffic Study of the whole neighbourhood. The report of that study will be forthcoming in the Spring of 2021. In the meantime, the concerned residents undertook their own survey which we believe they intend to present to the Town.
We would like to keep our membership list up to date and ask that if you have changed location or your email address please let us know. Also please advise us of any new households that you are aware of so we can put a membership flyer in their mailbox and welcome them to the neighbourhood.
Thanks for your understanding and Happy Holidays. Stay safe.
Excerpt from Ward 2 Councillors Newsletter Fall 2020
Project Noisemaker is an initiative to address noise issues created by loud, illegally modified vehicles, including cars, trucks and motorcycles. HRPS reports that inspections of vehicles creating unnecessary noise are often other accompanied by unsafe vehicle conditions and aggressive driving behaviours. The program runs until October 31, 2020.
Since May 2020, when the #Project Noisemaker program was introduced, HRPS has laid over 1,000 charges and Town of Oakville Municipal Enforcement Services has laid dozens of charges for noise related to loud motorcycles (charges issued under the Town’s by law).
In 2019, the Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, S.O. 2019, c. 14 was enacted to amend the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) to include a new section (s. 75.1) that would make it an offence to tamper with motor vehicles by: (a) removing, bypassing, defeating or rendering inoperative all or part of a motor vehicle’s emission control system; or (b) modifying a motor or motor vehicle in any way that results in increased emissions from the level to which it was originally designed or certified by the manufacturer of the motor or motor vehicle. Unfortunately, s.75.1 has never been proclaimed to be in effect.
In order to support Halton’s police service and help deter drivers from the offences outlined in Bill C.14, Oakville Town Council recently unanimously passed a resolution that calls on the Province to proclaim s.75.1 of the Highway Traffic Act and bring it into force immediately.
Members of the community can continue to call the Halton Regional Police Service non-emergency line 905-825-4777 to report nuisance-related concerns.
Excerpt from the Mayor’s newsletter November 25 2020Province recommends celebrating holidays with only those you live with
Today the Ontario government, based on advice from the Chief Medical Officer of Health and input from the Public Health Measures Table, provided preliminary guidance for celebrating the upcoming holiday season, recommending Ontarians only celebrate with members of their own households.
This is sure to come as disappointing news for those who were hoping to gather with family they have been unable to see all year, but is necessary to help flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19.
Those who live alone are able to gather with one household, but there are indoor gathering limits across all zones of Ontario’s framework including a limit of 10 for those in Green, Yellow and Orange and five in Red. In lockdown, indoor gatherings are not permitted except for those of a single household.
This is more encouragement for us to collectively do our part to keep Halton out of lockdown.
Follow public health advice: Stay home if you’re feeling unwell, wash and sanitize your hands frequently, cover coughs and sneezes, maintain a physical distance from others and wear a mask when you can’t and when mandated. Please also follow my three Cs of COVID-caution to avoid crowded places, closed spaces and close-contact settings.
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:·
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.