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Ward Boundary Review

Council Decision May 7, 2012

The town's ward boundary review came to an end on Monday May 7, 2012, when Council voted to keep the status quo on its current ward boundaries until Halton Region awards Oakville an additional seat on Regional Council. The final report from Dr. Robert J. Williams was received and a seven-ward system was recommended for the town, when its regional council representation increases in the future.

Proposed seven ward system (pdf, 1.4 MB)

The decision means that Oakville's current six ward system will remain in place for the 2014 municipal election.

Current ward boundary map (pdf, 281 kB)

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.

Review History

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.

Open the February 21, 2013 presentation from the special Council meeting (pdf, 1.5 MB)

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:

The following concept maps were presented at the March 22 and 27, 2012 public information sessions and included in the final report 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.

Reports

Ward Boundary Review report to Council Meeting, May 7, 2012 (pdf, 12.9 MB)
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 Administrative Services Committee, May 25, 2011 (pdf, 44 kB)
Ward Boundary Review Terms of Reference, March 2011 (pdf, 88 kB)
Ward Boundary Review report to Administrative 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. Ward boundary population estimates map #1 (pdf, 900 kB)
  2. Ward boundary population estimates map #2 (pdf, 902 kB)
  3. Ward boundary population estimates map #3 (pdf, 908 kB)
  4. Ward boundary population estimates map #4 (pdf, 917 kB)
  5. Ward boundary population estimates map #5 (pdf, 906 kB)
  6. Ward boundary population estimates map #6 (pdf, 905 kB)
  7. Ward boundary population estimates map #7 (pdf, 906 kB)
  8. 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

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