Ward Boundaries review

 
Community input sought for next steps in Oakville’s Ward Boundary Review


Public information sessions scheduled for March 22 and 27

Oakville, March 13, 2012 – For immediate release

The Town of Oakville will be seeking input from residents at two public information sessions on Thursday, March 22 and Tuesday, March 27 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. Several ward boundary options will be presented at the meetings and feedback from the public will be requested.

“The ward boundary review will determine how future ward boundaries are designed to ensure that all residents and businesses are represented on Council through an effective and equitable system,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “We value public opinion and gathering feedback is a critical step in the review process. I encourage all residents to come out and participate.”

During a special meeting of Council on February 21, three guiding principles for the review were prioritized: one, effective representation; two, the protection of communities of interest and neighbourhoods; and three, consideration of physical features as natural boundaries.

Council also confirmed that the federal numerical standard of 25 per cent is an acceptable percentage variation in population size among the wards and that Sixteen Mile Creek and Trafalgar Road be recognized as ward boundaries, where possible. Finally, Council resolved not to restrict options for determining the northern boundary of the south Oakville wards to maintain flexibility.

Oakville’s current wards vary significantly in population size. Expected growth will further increase these discrepancies, particularly in new communities in north Oakville. As a result, a ward boundary review was launched last fall.
For further information regarding the ward boundary review, please visit www.oakville.ca.

Dr. Robert J. Williams, professor emeritus of Political Science at the University of Waterloo, is leading the town’s consultation process. His final report, with recommendations for Council’s consideration, will be presented on May 7, 2012.

The final determination of Oakville’s ward boundaries will be implemented for the 2014 municipal election.

 For more information contact:

Kim Galione
Election and Special Projects Manager
Town of Oakville
905-815-6030
kgalione@oakville.ca

 

 

Kimberly Moser
Senior Communications Advisor
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3096
kmoser@oakville.ca

 An Oakville ward boundary review is currently underway as we plan for the 2014 municipal election. Dr. Robert Williams has been retained as the consultant on this project.
Oakville's existing wards vary significantly in population as well as the number of electors. Projected growth, particularly in north Oakville, will further increase these discrepancies. A ward boundary review is both timely and important to local democracy in Oakville.

Your input is very important to us. We encourage you to submit your comments to wardboundary@oakville.ca to be included in the public consultation process.

On February 21, 2012, Council reviewed an interim report and provided the feedback included below to the consultant to enable a thorough analysis of options to take place prior to a final report being submitted to Council on May 7, 2012.

Download the presentation (pdf, 1.5 MB) from the Special Council meeting February 21, 2012.

Council direction February 21, 2012

Council determined that three of the guiding principles of the review be 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 confirmed that a 25 per cent variance would be acceptable to the optimal population size among the wards and directed that Sixteen Mile Creek and Trafalgar Road be recognized as ward boundaries, where possible. Council also resolved not to restrict options for determining the boundary between northern and southern wards, to maintain flexibility and ensure communities of interest are preserved.
Having established these directions, Council requested that a number of map options, presented in the report, be further analyzed as follows:

  • Option 1 (pdf, 911 kB) — to be revised to introduce Trafalgar road as the boundary between Wards 5 and 6 and to recognize and maintain the borders of the River Oaks community.

  • Option 2 (pdf, 917 kB), Option 3 (pdf, 907 kB), and Option 4 (pdf, 908 kB) — to be revised to establish the Sixteen Mile Creek as the boundary in Wards 2 and 5 and to relocate the northern boundary of Ward 1 from Upper Middle road to the Q.E.W., where appicable.

  • Ward boundary Map #1 Appendix D (pdf, 900 kB).

Next steps

Opportunities for further input will be available at the Public Information Sessions at Town Hall on Thursday, March 22, 2012, and Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at 7 p.m. The consultant’s final report will be submitted to Council on May 7, 2012.

Current ward system

Oakville's current six ward system has been in place since 1990. Two councillors are elected in each ward, one local, and one local and regional who serves on both town and regional council. A history of ward boundary reviews is available in the May 25, 2011 report from the Clerk's department.

News and reports

Ward Boundary Review report to Special Council Meeting, February 21, 2012
Ward Boundary Review report to Administrative Services Committee, November 15, 2011 (pdf, 2.1 MB)
Ward Boundary Review report to Adminstrative Services Committee, May 25, 2011 (pdf, 44 kB)
Ward Boundary Review Terms of Reference, March 2011 (pdf, 88 kB)
Ward Boundary Review report to Adminstrative Services Committee, July 8, 2008 (pdf, 41 kB)

Ward boundary concept maps — 2011 public information sessions

The maps listed below were presented at the September and October 2011 public meetings. The maps have been retitled from option to population estimates to reinforce the understanding that they were created for discussion purposes only, and that they reflect population trends.

  1. Current ward boundary map  (pdf, 281 kB)

  2. Ward boundary population estimates map #1 (pdf, 900 kB)

  3. Ward boundary population estimates map #2 (pdf, 902 kB)

  4. Ward boundary population estimates map #3 (pdf, 908 kB)

  5. Ward boundary population estimates map #4 (pdf, 917 kB)

  6. Ward boundary population estimates map #5 (pdf, 906 kB)

  7. Ward boundary population estimates map #6 (pdf, 905 kB)

  8. Ward boundary population estimates map #7 (pdf, 906 kB)

  9. Ward boundary population estimates map #8 (pdf, 902 kB)

Based upon the council approved terms of reference the review is to have regard for:

  1. The overriding principle of effective representation

  2. The protection of communities of interest and neighbourhoods

  3. Consideration of representation by population

  4. Consideration of present and future population trends

  5. Consideration of physical features as natural boundaries