About SCORA

 Southwest Central Oakville Residents Association (SCORA) was formed to help protect the character of our quietSCORA areatreed neighbourhood as it develops.  We support fair and environmentally responsible redevelopment.

Boundaries of the association are Maurice Drive on the east to Fourth Line on the west and Mary Street / Wildwood Drive on the north, south to the lake.  See detailed map.

Our objective is to improve communications between residents, the town and developers. We endeavour to provide vision and feedback to the town regarding development in this area to ensure it is sensitive to our quiet "green" residential neighbourhood.

SCORA was formed in 2008 in response to plans to redevelopment the St. Thomas Aquinas High School property, at Dorval Road between Lakeshore Road and Rebecca St,  by the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB).  SCORA always expressed support of the new modern education facility which will be an asset in our area.  On the other hand  we had great concerns about:

    • the board’s disregard for the natural setting and
    • the elimination of two grass sports fields to be replaced with one locked-off artificial sports field and asphalt parking lots,
    • removal of hundreds of trees, and
    • plans to install mega-lights on their sports field that would be a major disruption to the neighbourhood.

 

St. Thomas Aquinas rendering

 

SCORA’s achievements:

Through consultation with the town councilors, committees, planning department, and developers SCORA has been successful in impacting the outcome of development in this area since its inception in 2008:

  1.  Saving mature treed facade along Lakeshore between Holyrood Avenue and Dorval DriveSTA

  2. Saving the small woods on Lakeshore Road opposite Holyrood Avenue -  a treasured asset of our area. SCORA was nominated for a Conservation Halton 2010 Conservation Award of Excellence for saving this “small forest”.

  3. SCORA protests against the HCDSB application for sports field lighting at St. Thomas Aquinas School resulted in the Town of Oakville undertaking a study of their policies for lighting sports fields both in established areas as well as in greenfield applications for their new community parks.

        1. This study resulted in the town implemented a progressive by-law for lighting of sports fields in established residential neighbourhoods that restricts the amount of light trespass onto adjacent properties according to realistic methods of measurement and if a field application can meet these standards they are still subject to a curfew that limiting their use to 9pm Monday to Friday and no weekend use.   Town passed By-law # 2010-070

        2. It was SCORA’s research that led to the adoption of revised testing methods of light trespass onto adjacent properties and the LEED standards in this new by-law.
        3.  Other fields at schools and parks in established neighbourhoods across Oakville are protected by this new by-law.  For example our efforts helped the neighbours of St. Ignatius of Loyola SS, who were similarly threatened with field lights on their newly installed artificial field. 

  4. DND Property: SCORA helped to retain the low density status of the 16 acre DND properties in the town’s new official plan Livable Oakville. The objective was to ensure hi-density hi-rise development did not cross west of Dorval Drive.  The result is designation for Low Density Residential single family homes with a small allocation of townhouse format along Dorval.  This format will not set a precedence for other general development since this was stated as a special development property in the OP.

  5. Area development monitoring:
    Read more about these developments in the Development section of this website
      • DND property now owned by Canada Lands Corporation (CLC)
      • Maurice-Garden-Dorval area
      • 394 Lakeshore Road W. lakefront estate development.

  6. Livable Oakville Official Plan development
    SCORA participated in the 2009 revision of the official planning guidelines for Oakville last reviewed in 1983.  While consideration was all encompassing of the plan, SCORA’s primary effort was directed to the zoning of the DND lands which were designated in a special development category by the town.  SCORA was successful in ensuring it would remain low-rise residential.

Note of praise and thanks to the town:


 SCORA would like to thank the town council, planning department and staff for their assistance over the past couple of years in relation to development issues impacting our area.  We have been most impressed with the increasing level of professionalism in the planning areas as a result of the Livable Oakville Plan.  We would particularly like to thank Mayor Burton and Ward 2 Councillor Cathy Duddeck for their ready access and counsel and for their sensitivity to Livable Oakville’s commitment that new development should not deteriorate the character of the established community.  It is this level of commitment that will ensure our area will remain one of Oakville’s most Livable areas for years to come.