That was the main message delivered to town councillors at the July 6th Special Council meeting as they considered a plan to redesign Lakeshore Road West.
A motion was carried which concluded the EA process on the proposed Lakeshore Rd W Improvements project. Council voted to receive the proposed concept for the road, but did not approve it.
Staff has now been instructed to undertake a detailed design process which is to include specific designs for elements such as the proposed Multi-use path. The process must include public consultation and public comments must be evaluated by staff and presented to Council in future.
The TCRA recognizes and applauds the sustained engagement and leadership of the Coronation Park Residents Association (CPRA) and delegated in opposition (see letter below) to the proposals at the Special Council meeting. The outcome of this reconstruction will no doubt have an impact on Lakeshore Road East and future considerations for improvements there.
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The town's Livable Oakville Plan and Active Transportation Master Plan both identified the need for improvements along Lakeshore Road West between Mississauga Street and Dorval Drive to meet the town's growth demands to 2031 and provide safe and accessible travel options for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.
In August, 2019, the Lakeshore Road study was paused while the town completed a Scenic Corridor study to further examine the study area to identify and evaluate the roadway and street scape elements that contribute to its scenic value.
The Scenic Corridors study was completed in February 2020 and identifies four themes that support and define the characteristics and qualities of the scenic corridor:
The study team is reviewing the revised design concepts for Lakeshore Road West to ensure these elements are incorporated into the final technically preferred design.