Oakville is a suburban community in southern Ontario, situated between Toronto and Hamilton.
Livable By Design Manual (LBDM), Oakville’s Urban Design Manual, was originally endorsed by council in 2014 but given a staff update in 2019. This guide “provides comprehensive and detailed design direction for development to ensure designed and built elements are integrated with their surroundings and result in projects that not only function, but are aesthetically pleasing, support community vitality, and improve the overall livability of Oakville.” (p.1).
Complete Streets comprise all of subsection 2.1 under section 2.0 Design Direction for the Public Realm. This section includes the benefits, attributes, and components of Complete Streets (p.10-12).
While the 2009 Active Transportation Master Plan (ATMP) looks at the concept and benefits of a Complete Streets approach and recommends: “That the Town develops and adopts a Complete Streets strategy to inform and guide design, streetscape design and road design in Oakville”, the 2017 update focuses on walking and biking facilities without using the term ‘Complete Streets’.
Streetscape Strategy 2014: In Phase 3 of developing a Streetscape Strategy, the Town will draft concept plans by looking at project objectives, research findings, and initial stakeholder consultations. In these drafts, “each concept should incorporate ‘complete streets’ approach.” (p. 4)
Adopting a Complete Streets policy is one of the strategies Town of Oakville’s Transportation Master Plan recommends in order to meet the town’s objective for a safe transportation system, and to accommodate growth in a manner that maximizes capacity on the existing and future infrastructure. Appendix 5b makes a detailed case for the adoption and implementation of Complete Streets Policy in Oakville.