Strategic plan report highlights Oakville’s accomplishments from 2019-2022
Published June 23, 2022 at 10:23 am
Saving Glen Abbey Golf Course and providing free public Wi-Fi downtown are among the highlights listed in the Town of Oakville’s Star Strategic Plan Accomplishments Report released this week.
The report highlights the town’s achievements from 2019 through to 2022 in five areas of focus, including livability, engaged community, accountable government, mobility and environment.
“At the beginning of our term, Council set strategic goals to guide both Council decision-making and the day-to-day work town staff do to deliver programs and services to our community,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton. “The Strategic Plan Accomplishments Report showcases our community’s collective effort to enhance livability, engage our community of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, inspire public confidence through open, accountable and efficient delivery of government services, improve mobility within the town and protect the environment.
“I’m proud of the progress we continue to make on keeping Oakville Canada’s most livable community, particularly as we continue to manage the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, while moving forward on priorities that matter most to residents.”
The report also outlines the progress made on last year’s refresh of the plan, which recognized the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and identified six priority areas to address during the remaining term of Council:
- Coordinating Halton Region Official Plan and Livable Oakville Reviews
- Implementing the town’s Pandemic Recovery Plan
- Improving traffic, speeding and safety
- Developing online applications, permits and licenses
- Enhancing communications with the community
- Investing in capital projects
Oakville’s “mission-driven” approach to strategic planning began in 2007, converting the town’s vision, mission and values into strategic goals.
Every year, Council meets to review and measure progress being made to achieve key strategic priorities.
“Council’s strategic goals have helped guide the important work our staff undertake each day in our community,” said Oakville CAO Jane Clohecy.
“The report speaks to all of our achievements and the progress we continue to make to deliver on our community’s needs and wants, and our unwavering commitment to serving our community.”
Key highlights from the 2021 and 2022 major initiatives include:
- Starting construction for the community park portion of the recreation and culture complex in north Oakville
- Redeveloping and opening of the Oakville Museum Coach House
- Successfully defending the town’s cultural heritage landscape designations including Glen Abbey Golf Course
- Completing the first inclusion and diversity employee survey
- Receiving results from the 2022 Citizen Survey which shows 93 per cent of Oakville residents expressing satisfaction with town programs and services
- Installing of three rainbow crosswalks and an orange crosswalk
- Providing free public Wi-Fi, digital information kiosks, and real-time parking information in downtown Oakville
- Offering more permit applications online, and implementing new online registration and booking system for Parks, Recreation and Culture programs and services
- Expanding EV charging stations for a total of 46 stations across town and adding the first electric ice resurfacer to the town’s ice resurfacing fleet
- Approving a 1.5 per cent tax increase, the lowest increase in Halton for 2022
- Adding 17.8 kilometres of active transportation infrastructure
- Adding more pickleball courts
- Continuing to review Halton’s Official Plan and the town’s Livable Oakville to provide a high level look at where new growth should be focused while preserving prime agricultural land; protecting existing, stable neighbourhoods; and the town’s natural areas
- Incorporating lessons learned in the town’s COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery Plan with “build back better” initiatives that restore our community vibrancy, support our local businesses, keep our community safe, keep our corporation resilient and preserve our strong financial health
- Creating more community safety zones; and securing 14 cameras in preparation of the automated speed enforcement program
- Committing to a significant website rebuild starting in 2023 to enhance public engagement and information sharing
The 2023–2026 Strategic Plan will be developed during the next Council term in early 2023. Results of the 2022 Citizen Survey will inform development of the 2023–2026 Council Strategic Plan.
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