OMB rules ClubLink’s development application for Glen Abbey complete

Town must begin application review process despite Interim Control By-law remaining in effect

One month after the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) decided that the town’s Interim Control By-law (ICBL) and its one year extension were appropriate and necessary to understand the implications of ClubLink’s proposed development at Glen Abbey, the OMB has decided on a separate motion that the Glen Abbey development application is complete as of the date of the Board’s Decision on June 7, 2017. Under the Planning Act, the town now has 120 days to consider and decide on the merits of the application for rezoning (October 5, 2017), and 180 days to consider and decide on the merits of the application for an official plan amendment (December 4, 2017) to permit the complete redevelopment of the Golf Course. If the town does not make a decision within this timeframe, ClubLink would be in a position to appeal its applications directly to the OMB for decision.

“Council is very disappointed that less than one month after a decision that recognized that the town’s comprehensive planning studies underway were valid and necessary given the magnitude of the Glen Abbey proposal, another Board decision says that we must accept development applications for processing,” Mayor Burton said. “No doubt our residents are confused by this decision, but the town will move forward to review the application within the timelines established under the Planning Act.”

Jane Clohecy, commissioner, Community Development noted that the town is still moving forward on the next steps required to implement the cultural heritage landscape assessments and urban structure review planning studies that were approved by Council on May 15, 2017 and June 12, 2017 respectively.

“While the town is disappointed with this latest decision, it does not change the fact that the town’s ICBL remains in place, and no substantive changes to the land use at Glen Abbey property can take place before the town’s planning studies have been completed,” Clohecy noted. “We fully anticipate using the results of the planning studies underway to assess the merits of the proposed redevelopment of the lands.”

ClubLink’s development proposal will now be reviewed through the town’s development review process in order to make a recommendation to Council within the Planning Act timelines. This process includes public notice and feedback on the applications:

  • ClubLink’s development application is now posted to the town’s website so that members of the public may register for official notices and provide feedback.
  • Signs will be posted on the perimeter of the golf course site shortly indicating that a development proposal has been submitted to the town.
  • A public information meeting will held in mid-July to help explain the application and to receive public comments.
  • A report outlining the staff recommendation to Council will be posted on the website prior to the application being considered by Council for review by the public.
  • Members of the public may provide feedback in writing or in person any time before a final decision is made by the Planning and Development Council.

For more information, visit our Interim Control By-law and Glen Abbey Development Planning Studies pages.

Urban Structure Review

How should the town accommodate growth?

Instead of developing outward, the town needs to determine the best approach for managing development within the towns existing boundaries.

The Urban Structure Review is looking at the town’s urban structure – including natural heritage and open space, as well as residential, commercial, employment and mixed-use areas – to see if changes are necessary to accommodate required growth.

A comprehensive urban structure will also ensure that community infrastructure and public services are available for the long term while addressing environmental concerns and cost effectiveness.

Update! Statutory public meeting and draft Official Plan Amendments

At their meeting of June 12, 2017, Town Council received draft Official Plan Amendments that would see a newly revised Urban Structure section introduced into the Town of Oakville’s Official Plan – the Livable Oakville Plan.

The draft amendments provide a framework for how the town will accommodate required growth to 2041, while protecting natural heritage, open space and cultural heritage, maintaining the character of residential areas and directing growth to an identified system of nodes and corridors.

The draft amendments also provide for revisions to the North Oakville East and West Secondary Plans to align them with the changes to the Livable Oakville Plan.

The staff report and draft amendments are available on the Planning and Development Council Agenda. The presentation slides are also available.

A final decision meeting by Council on the recommended amendments is expected in the fall. Until then, residents are encouraged to review the amendments and share their comments.

What’s else has happened in the Study?

Public information meeting to review town-initiated draft Official Plan amendments:

Tuesday May 30, 2017
Town Hall, Trafalgar Room
1225 Trafalgar Road, Oakville

Afternoon Session: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. (Presentation at 2 p.m.)
Evening Session: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. (Presentation at 7 p.m.)

Presentation Slides (pdf)
Open House Boards  (pdf)

Two public information meetings were held and feedback was provided on the draft Official Plan Amendments.

Policy Directions Report and preliminary draft Official Plan Amendments.

The Urban Structure Review Policy Directions Report is now available on the Livable Oakville Council Sub-Committee agenda for May 15, 2017. The report includes preliminary draft Official Plan Amendnments to implement the findings in the study.

Open House Meetings

A series of drop in open houses were held in November 2016.  Those who were unable to attend were invited to review the meeting materials (pdf) and to fill out a worksheet (pdf).

The Livable Oakville Council Sub-Committee received a staff report and presentation on the Discussion Paper, DRAFT  (pdf) on November 1, 2016.
The Livable Oakville Council Sub-Committee received a staff report and presentation on the Work Program on May 16, 2016.
The Urban Structure Review (pdf) was initiated in February 2016.

Urban Structure Review Phases

Phase 1 Study Initiation – February 2016, complete
Phase 2 Background Review – complete
Phase 3 Option Development and Review – complete
Phase 4 Urban Structure Framework and Directions – nearing completion

So much to consider!

The Urban Structure Review considers:

  • Population projections and accommodating required growth to 2041;
  • The potential for development of existing and emerging areas such as Midtown Oakville, the Trafalgar Road Corridor and the area surrounding the Bronte GO Station;
  • The preservation of stable residential areas and the protection of natural heritage;
  • The relationship between growth areas and the delivery of municipal infrastructure; and
  • Criteria for evaluation of new growth areas.

Get involved!

There are many ways to get involved. Check back here for details and be sure to join our Official Plan Review email list to receive updates.

Questions or comments:

Kirk Biggar MCIP, RPP
Senior Planner, Policy Planning
905-845-6601, ext. 3968
kirk.biggar@oakville.ca