Oakville is a lakeside city outside Toronto with approximately 145,000 residents, a vibrant tourism industry and a well-preserved 19th century downtown. In response to the town’s recent growth and the subsequent sprawl development, the City opted to masterplan a 3,100-acre growth area adjacent to the city limits.
In order to respond to the specific visions of several special interest groups, three different master plans were prepared. A fourth plan brought together all principles addressed to accommodate the groups’ needs collectively and manage the town’s growth by encouraging more efficient land use and mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly design. The plan streamlined arrangements for transport through the development of strategically-placed high density employment districts and a multi-modal transport system supported by regional infrastructure. All four plans also include a strong environmental component, with a linked open-space system preserving the site’s natural diversity of landscapes and species in a sustainable manner.