2017 Citizen Survey — We want to hear from you Oakville!

To ensure we’re meeting your service expectations, every two years we survey a random sample of Oakville residents to find out if we’re hitting our mark.

We’ve opened up our Idea Forum to find out what YOU think makes Oakville most livable and what we can do to make it better.

Ideas submitted until February 17, 2017, were shared with Council on April 3, 2017 as part of the Citizen Survey report findings. However, we encourage you to continue to post your ideas, vote on others and share your favourites on Twitter and Facebook to let us know what makes Oakville livable!

You have ten votes (maximum three votes per idea), so use them to show support for your favourite idea(s). Remember to visit often. You can always change your vote as new ideas come in.

Now let’s get started!

  1. Less salt

    The town uses massive amounts of salt on roads, trails (!!) and parking lots needlessly. It is bad for the environment, corrodes the cars, roads, terrible for dogs feet. People should just use their judgement and slow down, and buy WINTER TIRES.

    8 votes
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  2. Build a 200m indoor RUNNING track in the old hospital site community centre.

    Oakville needs a safe and proper 200m indoor running track so that people can commit to healthy living and activities throughout the entire year despite outdoor weather conditions and traffic!

    19 votes
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  3. Oakville should declare a population freeze. 40% of jobs will be redundant in a decade. We already have 244 per square mile.

    Oakville should declare a population freeze. It was just announced that 40% of jobs will be redundant in a decade. Southern Ontario already has a population of 244 per square mile and the most dangerous and crowded highways in North America. Increasing the number of people in Oakville will only decrease the quality of life.

    34 votes
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  4. Avoid high rise construction

    OaKville is a truly unique community in the GTA. A vibrant downtown, low density residential. The marked absence of tall buildings. The town should continue to maintain this unique characteristic of Oakville.

    37 votes
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  5. Full Community Centre and Library in North Oakville Sooner

    With the current schedule of completion in 2025 and the level of development in North Oakville, please expedite the full community centre and the library planned at North Park (near Sixteen Mile Sports Complex).

    The development in North Oakville is much denser than some of the older part of Oakville. There are definitely users and needs there.

    5 votes
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  6. parking free at hospitals.

    As I know a lot of senior people and patients complain that it is very expensive to park their cars at hospitals. so their friends and family are not convenient to visit and take care of them. If the parking lot can be free that would be a great news for the city.

    30 votes
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  7. Provide amenities and pedestrian connections around Midtown

    The Town intends to add future population and jobs around Midtown Oakville (Trafalgar and Cornwall area), but the area currently lacks attractive streetscapes and amenities. The town should continue to look for opportunities to make this area a "sticky" place. It's great that we can walk to the GO Station, but we have to walk across the massive Trafalgar intersection to get to a coffee shop (Starbucks) and we have to walk down and up the massive hills on Cornwall to get to the local shops in Kerr Village. We need more trail connections; we need a community facility (library?…

    17 votes
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  8. create more walkable communities incorporating residential units into large commercial spaces (malls)

    To help build more walkable communities and affordable accessible housing: Require some of the commercial spaces (Like AMC, Super market plazas, like Town Centre (Dorval), Whole Foods PLaza, etc.) to incorporate a possibility for residential multi-unit buildings. Rationale: If there were condos, apts above and among the above mentioned commercial spaces, it would allow for communities to develop where seniors etc. would be able to walk to services, (shopping , cafes etc.) and at the same time, create a more human landscape for these underused vast commercial areas. This would 1) provide more affordable housing 2) humanize vast tracts of…

    28 votes
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  9. We are a wealthy community in terms of land and services. I think we need to become known as a community that cares for the global community

    Oakville is a wealthy community in terms of land and services. We should start thinking about giving back and become known as a town that cares for vulnerable people in the developing world. One way to do this is by Making Oakville a Fair Trade Town, where residents can choose Fair Trade products, ensuring producers receive fair wages, safe working conditions, environmental sustainability, and no child or ***** labor. This is not charity, but an economic model that provides opportunities for vulnerable people to become self-sufficient in their own communities. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8sVCXGDB1Y

    16 votes
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  10. Improve traffic flow by timing lights better and using more roundabouts. Stop adding new stop lights!

    Improve traffic flow by timing lights better and using more roundabouts. Stop adding new stop lights!

    20 votes
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  11. waterfront

    Make better use of waterfront: there should be a cafe and washroom facilities open to public, regular cultural events at the downtown harbour (old post office building?) and Gairloch galleries. The seawall needs repair in Gairolch gardens. The temporary portable toilet is a shame on beautiful Gairloch gardens
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    27 votes
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  12. Pedestrian crosses

    Along the Lakeshore road corridor we need more designated pedestrian crosses that are well visible (colourful painted lines on pavement). Lakeshore road is one of the few East-West corridors in South-East Oakville used by joggers, dog walkers, cyclist etc. The very few traffic lights are not helpful but encouraging speeding: when the light is green drivers think no pedestrian should be on the road. Pedestrians can not be expected to walk 500 meters to the next legal crossing. There should be crosses at each intersection, without traffic light but painted on the pavement and police should enforce respect for them.…

    5 votes
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  13. 9 votes
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  14. More trails, green space and making it safer for cyclists

    One of the best things about Oskville is all of the trails and green space we have. We need to keep improving on that, especially when building new homes. We also need to keep our roads safe for cyclists.

    40 votes
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  15. 27 votes
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  16. Social issues and poverty reduction

    Town council needs to devote some serious attention and spend some budget on providing substantially more social housing and executing a poverty reduction plan.

    31 votes
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  17. Save Glen Abbey from destruction and development

    The Glen Abbey Golf Club, a site of significant cultural and natural heritage is threatened with destruction by a proposed high density development of residential, commercial and retail spaces on its limited greenspace.

    Situated on the heritage-designated former Raydor Estate, the present course was designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus in his first foray in championship course design. As of 2007, majority ownership of the club property changed to predatory property developer Rai Sahi of Morguard Corp., who as of last year called for the site's destruction.

    It is Canada's most famous golf course and, for 40 years, has been…

    128 votes
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