OMB upholds Town’s Interim Control By-law regarding Glen Abbey

The Ontario Municipal Board has rejected ClubLink’s appeal by upholding the town’s Interim Control By-law (ICBL) and its one year extension, concluding that the ICBL was appropriate and necessary. The Board’s decision noted that the town’s ICBL was based on a legitimate planning rationale, was enacted in good faith, and was in conformity with the Region of Halton Official Plan and the Provincial Growth Plan.

“Council is very pleased that the Board recognized that the magnitude of the Glen Abbey proposal and its potential for impact on the community warrant further study,” Mayor Burton said. “Our Livable Oakville Official Plan specifically identifies suitable growth areas in order to protect the character of our stable residential neighbourhoods and Council looks forward to hearing the results of the town’s studies.”

The OMB’s decision ensures the town will have sufficient time to complete its studies on the Glen Abbey property. Staff will be reporting to Council over the next month on all three studies. Any further work directed by Council as a result of the studies is expected to be completed before the ICBL expires on February 1, 2018.

Upcoming meeting dates are:

  1. Urban Structure Review
  • Livable Oakville Subcommittee, Town Hall, May 15, 1 p.m.
  • Public information meeting, Town Hall, May 30, 7 p.m.
  • Planning and Development Council, Town Hall, June 12, 7 p.m.
  1. Cultural Heritage Landscapes
  • Phase 2 reports for the high priority sites, including Glen Abbey, went to Heritage Oakville Advisory Committee on April 25
  • Planning and Development Council, Town Hall, May 15, 7p.m.
  1. Land Use Economic and Impact Analysis
  • Planning and Development Council, Town Hall, June 12, 7 p.m.

Members of the public are invited to attend these upcoming meetings. To register as a delegate to speak at the Planning and Development Council meetings, please call 905-815-6015 or email townclerk@oakville.ca by noon the day of the meeting.

The ICBL, originally passed on February 1, 2016 with a one-year extension, will now remain in effect up to January 31, 2018. Section 38 of the Planning Act (Ont.) permits a municipality to pass an ICBL for up to a year (with the right to extend the by-law for a further year) in order to complete a review or study of land use policies in the municipality.

For more information, review the summary of the decision on the Interim Control By-law page.

Private Tree Protection

The rules for removing trees on private property have changed. As of May 2, 2017, property owners must apply for a permit and on-site consultation before removing any tree that has a trunk measuring 15 cm or larger in diameter (5.9 inches in width).

Protecting our urban forest

The urban forest is made up of all the trees growing in Oakville, including town-owned street and park trees, trees in forested areas, as well as trees on private property.

We’ve strengthened our private tree protection by-law to help us preserve healthy trees and protect our community’s urban forest. If you’re making home or garden renovations, consider ways to make your trees part of your plan.

Need to remove a tree? You might need a permit. Fill out our simple online Private Tree Removal Permit Application and receive an on-site consultation from one of our tree inspectors.

Former Hospital Site Project Update

The town is working with our community partners to create a vibrant new community centre, park, and future residential areas to meet the needs of Oakville residents on the former site of the Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (OTMH).

The Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) has also brought forward the concept of a community health hub on the site. LHIN is conducting a health assessment of the area in partnership with the Region, Chief Medical Officer and the town. The results of the study will inform their strategic directions with respect to health and wellness programming locally.

The town is committed to engaging with residents and other stakeholders throughout the process.

Special Council Meeting – May 2, 2017

A Special Council Meeting will be held where Council will hear about the results of the Parks Recreation and Library Master Plan update, the proposed amenities and program requirements for the community centre, and the next steps in the project regarding the overall site planning options.

View the Special Council Agenda for more information on the May 2 meeting, including staff reports.

Further public engagement about the community centre, park and future residential will take place this spring before coming back to Council in June. Continue reading Former Hospital Site Project Update

OHA Announces 2016-17 Top Prospects

CAMBRIDGE, ON – This week the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) will be announcing the 2016-17 OHA Awards recipients and today we are pleased to announce the OHA 2016-17 Top Prospects as selected by the OHA Awards Committee. The following players have been selected as the OHA’s 2016-17 Top Prospects: Defencemen – Joey Berkopec (Burlington Cougars/OJHL), and Matthew Kellenberger (Oakville Blades/OJHL); Forwards – Finn Evans(St. Michael’s Buzzers/OJHL), Philip Lagunov (Burlington Cougars/OJHL), and Bryce Misley (Oakville Blades/OJHL); and Goaltender – Hunter Jones (Stouffville Spirit/OJHL).

OHA TOP PROSPECT DEFENCEMAN: Joey Berkopec – Burlington Cougars (OJHL)

Joey Berkopec (Oakville, Ontario) opened a lot of eyes last year as a rookie defenceman with the Burlington Cougars. Berkopec turned 18 in February and the 6’1” blueliner had 4 assists in 48 games with the Cougars who finished with the second best record in the OJHL’s South West Conference. Berkopec was a member of Team OJHL Oates at the 2016 Eastern Canada Cup All-Star Challenge and Team East at the 2017 Top Prospects Game which saw him ranked 217th among North American Skaters for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft in Central Scouting’s Mid-Term Rankings.

OHA TOP PROSPECT DEFENCEMAN: Matthew Kellenberger – Oakville Blades (OJHL)

Matthew Kellenberger (Toronto, Ontario) had a very successful first full season in the OJHL with the Oakville Blades, scoring 10 goals and adding 18 assists for 28 points in 51 games. Kellenberger was ranked 165th among North American Skaters for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft in Central Scouting’s Mid-Term rankings and moved all the way up to 74th in the Final Rankings. Named an OJHL 1st Team All Prospect, Kellenberger was a member of Team OJHL Coffey at the 2016 Eastern Canada Cup All-Star Challenge and played for Team East at the 2017 CJHL Top Prospects Game. Kellenberger has committed to Princeton University (NCAA – ECAC) for the 2018-19 season.

OHA TOP PROSPECT FORWARD: Finn Evans – St. Michael’s Buzzers (OJHL)

Finn Evans (Toronto, Ontario) stands 6’2” and completed his second season in the OJHL with the St. Michael’s Buzzers. Evans’ 54 points placed him 5th in team scoring and his 22 goals were 3rd best. Evans, who turns 18 in August, was named an OJHL 1st Team All Prospect and was ranked 129th among North American Skaters for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft on Central Scouting’s Final Rankings, 26 spots higher than his Mid-Term Ranking. He was a member of Team Canada East at the 2016 World Junior A Challenge, Team OJHL Oates at the 2016 Eastern Canada Cup All-Star Challenge and Team East at the 2017 CJHL Top Prospects Game. Finn Evans is committed to Princeton University (NCAA – ECAC) for the 2018-19 season.

OHA TOP PROSPECT FORWARD: Philip Lagunov – Burlington Cougars (OJHL)

Philip Lagunov (Yekaterinburg, Russia) of the Burlington Cougars completed his second season in the OJHL, nearly doubling his production from his rookie season, split between the Milton IceHawks and Burlington. Lagunov’s 55 points in 51 games placed him 3rd in team scoring and his 27 goals was second best on the Cougars. The slick forward finished ranked 116th among North American Skaters for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft on Central Scouting’s Final Rankings, 55 spots higher than his Mid-Term ranking at 171. He was a member of Team OJHL Oates at the 2016 Eastern Canada Cup All-Star Challenge and Team East at the 2017 CJHL Top Prospects Game. Lagunov is committed to UMass Amherst Minutemen (NCAA – Hockey East) for the 2017-2018 season.

OHA TOP PROSPECT FORWARD: Bryce Misley – Oakville Blades (OJHL)

Bryce Misley (Calgary, Alberta) scored 39 points in 53 games as a 16 year old in the OJHL with the Oakville Blades in the 2015-16 season and increased his offensive numbers across the board in 2016-17 with the Blades as a 17 year old. Misley finished the season 3rd in team scoring with 62 points in 46 games and his play did not go unnoticed as he was ranked 85th among North American Skaters for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft in Central Scouting’s Final Rankings. Misley was also a member of the Team Canada East at the 2016 World Junior A Challenge, Team OJHL Hawerchuk at the 2016 Eastern Canada Cup All-Star Challenge, and was a member of Team East at the 2017 CJHL Top Prospects Game. Bryce Misley was named an OJHL 1st Team All Prospect and is committed to the University of Vermont (NCAA-ECAC) for the 2018-19 season.

OHA TOP PROSPECT GOALTENDER:  Hunter Jones – Stouffville Spirit (OJHL)

Hunter Jones (Brantford, Ontario) completed his rookie season as a 16 year old with the Stouffville Spirit and finished with a record of 7-7-0, 1 shutout, a goals against average of 2.74 and a .917 save percentage. Impressive numbers, considering the 6’3” goaltender doesn’t turn 17 until September 21. Jones participated in the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge for Team Canada Black, and in the World Junior A Challenge for Team Canada East, capturing a silver medal at both events. Jones also participated in 2016 Eastern Canada Cup All-Star Challenge for Team OJHL Hawerchuk and was named an OJHL 2nd Team All Prospect. Jones has officially committed to the OHL’s Peterborough Petes and is not eligible for the NHL Entry Draft until 2019.

The remaining 2016-17 OHA Awards will be announced this week (Monday: Top Prospects, Tuesday: Officials Awards, Wednesday: Development Awards, Thursday: Players of the Year Awards, Friday: Special Awards.) and recipients will formally receive their Awards at the Hockey Hall of Fame on Friday, May 26, 2017.

About the OHA

Founded in 1890 to govern amateur hockey in Ontario, the Ontario Hockey Association is the governing body for the majority of Junior and Senior teams in the Province of Ontario. For more information about the OHA, please visit:  www.ohahockey.ca.

Cultural Heritage Landscape Strategy

Protecting and preserving our heritage is a key priority for the Town of Oakville. This includes cultural landscapes and natural heritage features, as well as buildings.

NEW! Draft Cultural Heritage Landscape Assessment Reports

The Draft Cultural Heritage Landscape Assessment Reports for six high priority properties are now available:

RayDor Estate/Glen Abbey – 1333 Dorval Drive (pdf, 20 MB)
Bowbeer Farmstead – 1086 Burnhamthorpe Road East (pdf, 6 MB)
Rivaz Farm – 3367 Dundas Street West (formerly known as McMichael Farm) (pdf, 5 MB)
Hilton Farm – 2031 North Service Road (pdf, 4.8 MB)
Biggar Farm – 4243 Sixth Line (pdf, 6 MB)
Van Sickle Farm – 3451 Tremaine Road (formerly known as Remnant Farmstead) (pdf, 4.7 MB)

The Draft Cultural Heritage Landscape Assessment Reports will be considered by Heritage Oakville Advisory Committee on April 25, 2017. The meeting will take place at Town Hall, Council Chamber beginning at 9:30 a.m.  The recommendations from Heritage Oakville and staff will go forward to Council for final determination at its meeting of May 15, 2017.

To register to speak at the Heritage Oakville Advisory Committee meeting of April 25, 2017 or to provide written comments, please email the Town Clerk at TownClerk@oakville.ca or call 905-815-6015 by 4:30 p.m. the day prior to the meeting.

To register to speak at the Planning and Development Council meeting of May 15, 2017 or to provide written comments, please email the Town Clerk at TownClerk@oakville.ca or call 905-815-6015 by 4:30 p.m. the day prior to the meeting.

Panels from March 7, 2017 Public Open House

A public open house was held on March 7, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the South Atrium at Town Hall. The open house had information stations for each of the eight properties that are currently being studied as part of Phase Two. Continue reading Cultural Heritage Landscape Strategy