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Ward 7 Newsletter - January 2024 - From Councillor Scott Xie

Dear Ward 7 Residents,


Happy New Year! We kicked off January with some exciting snowfalls and chilly days but this winter season in town will be more than just that. While many of us are working on our new year’s resolutions, get ready for more rapid developments taking place in our community. Here's a roundup of recent happenings and upcoming events in Oakville:


 

What’s Happening in Town


Oakville Moves Ahead to Expand Housing Options


In response to the increasing demand for housing here in Oakville and beyond, and the applicability of federal Housing Accelerator Fund (HAF), Oakville Town Council has approved zoning amendments to allow up to four units per property town-wide. This move aims to address the housing supply crisis and make homeownership more accessible, affordable at an accelerated pace, especially for young adults. The proposed changes also include facilitating the construction of four-storey housing within an 800-metre radius of Sheridan College.

The Council is actively seeking public feedback on these amendments, and if successful, Oakville's application to the Housing Accelerator Fund could unlock up to $36 million in federal funding, creating over 1,000 new homes.

Read more on HAF and the Council’s housing strategy here.


Community Activation Grant program now available


Calling all community organizers! The Community Activation Grant program is now open for applications from interested organizers and entities. This initiative supports small-scale events, initiatives, and programs that contribute to the overall well-being of our community. From day one of my tenure, I have been working with stakeholders to enrich community engagement and to that end, we need to support grassroot community members to spearhead events and programs that will revitalize our community for all residents. With numerous efforts and support of the Council, This initiative is made possible to and now live. Visit the Community Activation Grant page for details.


Town Staff Seeking Feedback on IDEA Strategy

The Town of Oakville is committed to creating a more inclusive community and workplace. The draft Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) Multi-Year Plan has been unveiled, outlining four key goals to foster inclusivity. The town encourages community feedback on the plan, with the deadline for submissions set for January 31, 2024. Read more here and share your thoughts by emailing Corporate Strategy Program Advisor Rebecca Brookes at rebecca.brookes@oakville.ca.


 

@Ward 7


Updates on Sixteen Mile Sports Complex Project


Albeit frigid weather, work on the ground is well underway. This 79-hectare community park is in the process of making its shape every day to ensure we are on track for the opening of various outdoor venues in 2024. Stay tuned for more construction updates here as we look forward to witnessing more progress in the coming weeks. As the newest signature community sports complex in town, we have every reason to be proud of the ongoing progression and the unparalleled dedication from our construction crews.


Updates:

  • Basement deep underground Mechanical works was complete. Footing and foundation wall was complete.

  • All four soccer fields and cricket field will open to the public this Spring. The sport part phase two ( kid splash park, skateboard park) expects to open in the Fall.


 

Key Events


Mayor and Council Celebrate 2024

On January 7, 2024, Mayor Burton and Council hosted the Annual Levee, welcoming the new year with enchanting performances and inviting community spirit. Our very own talents and performers brought happiness and strength to this vibrant town, as we gear up for an eventful and prosperous new year.


Oakville Chinese Network Lunar New Year Gala

It was a pleasure participating in the Chinese Network Lunar New Year Gala, along with MP Anita Anand, MPP Stephen Crawford and Mayor Rob Burton. This exceptional annual live show drew more than 500 viewers from across the town this year. Thanks to the dedicated cast and volunteers, we were fortunate to receive a blissful cultural feast and holiday blessings for the Lunar New Year that has been widely celebrated by many in town.


 

Upcoming


Lunar New Year Celebration at Town Hall

Been there last year? You know it was a blast and be sure to check out for the comeback! Join us on February 17, 2024, to celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Town Hall. Enjoy live performances, stage shows, delectable treats and distinctive cultural elements and celebrate the Year of Dragon with your family and fellow residents. More details will be announced in due course.


Black History Month Kickoff

Join the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton on February 1 at 6 p.m. for musical performances, guest speakers, and more. Tickets are available at here.


Midtown Concept Presentation


On February 15, learn about the proposed design for Midtown Oakville and share your thoughts at the Town Hall. Register and learn more about the event through Eventbrite.






As we juggle between places in hectic schedules and busy lives, stay safe, healthy and connected. Here's to a more prosperous and harmonious Oakville in 2024!



Warm regards,









Scott Xie


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