ClubLink appeals Glen Abbey applications to the Ontario Municipal Board

ClubLink Corporation has appealed Town Council’s decision of September 27, 2017, to refuse their application to redevelop Glen Abbey Golf Course to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). ClubLink had applied to the town for an official plan amendment, a zoning by-law amendment and approval of a plan of subdivision to permit 141 detached dwellings, 299 townhouse dwellings, 2,782 apartment dwellings with retail and office commercial uses, parks and open space and natural heritage uses.

“The town is not surprised that ClubLink has appealed Council’s decision to the Ontario Municipal Board,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “The town is prepared to vigorously defend Council’s decision that ClubLink’s applications do not represent good planning for this site and are not consistent or in conformity with applicable provincial, regional and town policy.”

Town Planning staff had recommended refusal of the application to Council. According to Mark Simeoni, the town’s director of Planning, “The town’s cultural heritage landscape study identified the Glen Abbey property as a significant cultural heritage landscape that should be conserved. The town-wide urban structure review identified where and how the town should grow, and Glen Abbey was not identified as a potential site for future growth. These conclusions are so significant that staff must recommend that the applications not proceed.”

Two days of public meetings were held on September 26 and 27, 2017, to consider Clublink’s applications for an official plan amendment, a zoning by-law amendment and approval of its draft plan of subdivision. While Council refused the official plan and zoning amendments on September 27, 2017, under the Planning Act, decisions on applications for approval of a draft plan of subdivision can be made no sooner than 14 days after the public meeting is held. The application for the approval of ClubLink’s draft plan of subdivision is scheduled to come back to Planning and Development Council on November 6, 2017.

For more information on Glen Abbey, visit the Glen Abbey Information page.

Council refuses ClubLink application to redevelop Glen Abbey property

Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to refuse ClubLink’s application to redevelop the Glen Abbey Golf Course lands to permit 141 detached dwellings, 299 townhouse dwellings, 2782 apartment dwellings with retail and office commercial uses, parks and open space and natural heritage uses. The motion to refuse the application noted that the applications do not represent good planning and are not consistent or in conformity with applicable provincial, regional and town policy.

“The town’s Livable Oakville Official Plan sets out the vison for our community to preserve the stability of residential neighbourhoods and identify specific areas where growth should occur,” Mayor Burton noted. “ClubLink’s proposal did not adhere to our official plan, nor did it conserve the golf course, which is subject to a Notice of Intention to Designate as a significant cultural heritage landscape issued by Council under s. 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act.”

ClubLink had applied to the town for an official plan amendment, a zoning by-law amendment and approval of a plan of subdivision to redevelop the golf course property into 3222 residential units and mixed commercial and retail uses, as well as a dedication of the club’s valley lands as natural heritage. Council’s decision refuses the official plan and zoning amendments required for the development to proceed. Pursuant to a Planning Act requirement, the application for the approval of a plan of subdivision must still come back to Planning and Development Council on November 6, 2017 for decision.

Town Planning staff had recommended refusal of the application to Council. According to Mark Simeoni, the town’s director of Planning, “The town’s cultural heritage landscape study identified the Glen Abbey property as a significant cultural heritage landscape that should be conserved. The town-wide urban structure review identified where and how the town should grow, and Glen Abbey was not identified as a potential site for future growth. These conclusions are so significant that staff must recommend that the applications not proceed.”

Staff and members of the public also highlighted specific concerns regarding ClubLink’s applications related to various technical matters associated with the proposal, such as traffic, and impact of the development on the Sixteen Mile Creek watershed. These technical comments underscored the community’s concerns that the size and scope of this development would impact the approved vision for the community set out in Livable Oakville.

Earlier this week, ClubLink also announced that while it would not be filing an objection to the town’s Notice of Intention to Designate the golf course lands under Section 29, Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act, it would be proceeding with an application to remove the golf course and demolish all buildings, other than those proposed to be retained as part of ClubLink’s redevelopment proposal, including the RayDor Estate House and the Stables.

“This is a separate application and staff will meet with ClubLink in the near future to begin the process for consideration of this application,” Mr. Simeoni said. “Once a complete application is submitted and staff completes its review, this application will be brought forward to Council for its consideration.”

For more details, visit our Glen Abbey Information page.

Former Hospital Site Project

Former Hospital Site Project moves ahead

Demolition contractor on site

In July the town’s demolition contractor mobilized on site and started interior demolition. The overall demolition and remediation will take approximately 12 months to complete. Visit the Former Hospital Site Demolition and Remediation page for regular project updates.

Community Consultation: Thursday, September 28

Consultation sessions – Community Centre and Park
Town Hall, Bronte and Palermo rooms, 3:30–5:30 p.m. or 7–9 p.m.

The town continues to move forward with its plans to construct a new community centre in south east Oakville as part of the redevelopment of the former hospital site. The amenities for the centre were approved by Council in June and the architectural/general contractor team was selected in July.

We would like to hear from you about the conceptual designs for the centre and potential uses for the park.  Please join us at one of the two public consultation sessions at town hall on September 28 to learn more and share your thoughts.

The development of the community centre will begin in late 2018 with an opening scheduled for fall 2020.

Open House – overall Former Hospital Site project
Town Hall, South Atrium, 5–7 p.m.

Progress continues on the redevelopment plans for the overall site. In June, Town Council endorsed a master plan for the lands and in July the town’s demolition contractor mobilized on site and started interior demolition. The overall demolition and remediation will take approximately 12 months to complete.

Moving ahead, a number of Planning Act approvals are necessary in order for the redevelopment of the site to proceed including official plan and zoning amendments, and draft plan of subdivision/site plan approvals. The public meeting regarding amendments to the town’s Official Plan and Zoning By-law is scheduled to go to Planning and Development Council in October.

Attend our open house to learn more.

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Local Talent of All Ages to Perform in ‘Autumn Serenade’

Oakville Chamber Orchestra’s annual fundraiser is a sure bet for music lovers

Herb Williams’ grandfather always told him “to rest is to rust” so, at the age of 88, Herb has no intention of slowing down and, to prove it, he will accompany Oakville’s young multi-instrumentalist and composer Leslie Ashworth at the Oakville Chamber Orchestra’s fundraiser on Sunday, September 24 at the Joshua Creek Art Centre.

“My life has been a very diverse voyage to the present, which is now so focused on music,” Herb says. “I have starred in TV shows, movies, documentaries, and live audience performances and continue to perform on the piano, in diverse venues. I’m a great supporter of the OCO (Oakville Chamber Orchestra).”

Leslie, a violin, viola, piano, music theory, and music history teacher at the Oakville School of Music and Performing Arts, has performed with numerous orchestras across Canada and in such celebrated venues as Carnegie Hall, Koerner Hall, Vancouver Convention Centre, and Rolston Hall in the Banff Centre. She has won the Grand Prize in the Canadian Music Competition and was a gold medalist in the ‘Passion of Music’ International Competition held in New York City.

Also making an appearance between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at the Autumn Serenade will be Linda Ruan, recently named among CBC’s “Top 30 Classical Musicians under 30”, Jeremy Ledbetter and Eliana Cuevas offering up some jazz, and a number of past winners of the OCO’s respected Youth Concerto Competition.

OCO’s President Julie Palmer and the new Board of Directors formed this summer hope for a strong community presence showing generous support, as many arts and culture organizations must rely, more than ever, upon the time and money Canadians give as volunteers and donors.

A silent auction and delightful refreshments will round off this elegant Sunday afternoon event supporting the OCO’s ongoing youth initiatives. A limited number of tickets is available for purchase online via Eventbrite and charitable donation tax receipts will be issued for a portion of the ticket value.