May 20, 2016

New Public High School to be Built at Dundas & Neyagawa

The Preserve Oakville Public High School ProposalThe Town of Oakville Planning and Development Council voted Monday to authorize Town staff to enter into negotiations with the Halton District School Board (HDSB) with regard to the disposition of approximately 2.4 hectares of the Town’s North Park lands for the project. According to the plan, 3.8 hectares of land owned by the nearby Serbian Church would also need to be purchased for the proposed high school. The school would front onto Dundas Street West with the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex to its east and Trafalgar Lawn Cemetery to its west.

The school board anticipates the high school would not open until September 2021.

The Town’s Manager of Current Planning Charles McConnell, in a report to council, stated “Based on the existing and anticipated growth within north Oakville, the Halton District School Board has identified the need to construct a public secondary school in the location of Dundas Street and Neyagawa Boulevard in accordance with the North Oakville East Secondary Plan. The school board has identified a need to acquire a total of approximately 6.2 hectares of land in order to construct the public high school, associated outdoor playing fields and required parking.”

Town staff said the proposed site is strategically located next to the Town’s North Park, so as to allow for the potential of a school/park campus at North Park, which would feature community activities benefiting both the student population and the general public.

Town staff said that in order for the school board to develop the new high school on that site it would need to:

• Upgrade the existing driveway into the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex off Neyagawa Boulevard to a dedicated public road
• Design, construct and finance their proportionate share of a new roadway from Dundas Street along the easterly limit of the subject lands to accommodate a future public road with limited access to Dundas Street
• Apply for and obtain zoning approval for the school site, including the necessary updates to the environmental and functional servicing study reports
• Apply for and obtain the necessary regional access/servicing permits.

A report on the Town’s negotiations with the school board and the board’s finalized preferred high school design option will come before the Town’s Planning and Development Council at a later date.

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