Are Ward Boundaries Changing in Oakville?

May 10th, 2012 by Comment button No Comments »

With a unanimous vote to keep the status quo until Halton Region awards Oakville a
seventh seat on Regional Council, the town’s ward boundary review came to an end
Monday night when the final report from Dr. Robert J. Williams was received. In its
decision, Council recommended a seven-ward system for the town when its regional
council representation increases in the future.

The decision means that Oakville’s current six-ward system will remain in place for
the 2014 municipal election. With the town’s population expected to grow over the
next few years, a seventh seat on Regional Council is possible as early as the 2018
municipal election, allowing for the implementation of Council’s recommendation.


“Effective representation is fundamental to any ward boundary system,” Mayor Rob
Burton said. “With another Regional seat expected, this Council was prudent in its
decision to re-draw the ward boundary map only once: when a seven-ward option is
required.”

The seven-ward option recommended by Council uses Sixteen Mile Creek as the chief
east-west boundary up to Dundas Street. The QEW serves as a significant north-south
boundary for most wards, with Trafalgar Road the boundary from the QEW to Dundas
Street. The new seventh ward is created north of Dundas Street with Burlington as
the boundary to the west and the planned extension of Eighth Line to the east.

The 2011-12 Oakville’s ward boundary review began in May 2011. Council confirmed
three guiding principles for the review in February 2012 that were prioritized in
the following order: one, effective representation; two, the protection of
communities of interest and neighbourhoods; and three, consideration of physical
features as natural boundaries. Council also confirmed the federal numerical
standard of 25 per cent as an acceptable percentage variation in population size
among the wards and asked that Sixteen Mile Creek and Trafalgar Road be recognized
as ward boundaries where possible.

Significant consultation with Oakville residents played an important role in the
review and included four public information sessions and a special meeting of
Council. Staff also collected feedback through the ward boundary review website,
comment cards and email submissions. Dr. Williams, the consultant who led the
review, is a professor emeritus of Political Science at the University of Waterloo.
For more information on Oakville’s ward boundary review, visit www.oakville.ca.

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