Hydro line clearing and construction taking place in east Oakville

Learn more at Open House on January 16

Starting this month, the Town of Oakville and its tree service contractor will perform hydro line clearing in east Oakville, on behalf of Oakville Hydro. Trees are pruned to ensure safe clearance around hydro lines and to minimize safety hazards and power outages. Oakville Hydro will also coordinate pole construction with the line clearing program in this area.

Residents are invited to learn more at an open house on Tuesday, January 16 in the South Atrium at Town Hall, 1225 Trafalgar Road from 6-8 p.m. where staff from the town’s Forestry section and Oakville Hydro will be on hand to share information and answer questions. The open house will also have information available on Oakville’s Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and Woodlands Hazard Abatement programs.

Oakville Hydro follows Electrical Safety Authority guidelines to maintain a three-metre (10 foot) clearance between branches and primary power lines to ensure public safety and reduce the risk of power outages or hazardous situations caused by trees touching or falling on power lines. As a last resort, some trees growing too close to the hydro line may need to be removed if the arborist cannot achieve the clearance standard with acceptable pruning practices.

More information on hydro line clearing can be found on our Tree Maintenance page. For more information on construction projects, visit the Oakville Hydro website.

If you plan to attend the open house and have any accessibility needs, please let us know by January 9 by contacting ServiceOakville at  905-845-6601, or by filling out our accessible feedback form.

Oakville Council formally designates Glen Abbey Golf Course property a cultural heritage landscape

Town Council voted unanimously to pass By-law 2017-138, a by-law that designates Glen Abbey Golf Course property as a property of cultural heritage value or interest. The town will now issue a Notice of Designation to ClubLink, the owner of the property, and register this designation on the title of the property. The property will also be added to the Oakville, provincial and Canadian registers of designated properties.

“This by-law is the end result of a very comprehensive process in which town staff, heritage experts and members of the community all put forth compelling evidence of the significant cultural heritage value and attributes of the Glen Abbey property,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Council remains committed to conserving our cultural heritage.”

On August 21, 2017, Council directed staff to proceed with a Notice of Intention to Designate the Glen Abbey Golf Course property. Under the Ontario Heritage Act (the Act), anyone who objects to the Notice of Intention to Designate must file an objection within 30 days of the Notice being issued. The owner did not file an objection. The only objector to the town’s Notice was the Pacific Life Insurance Company, the mortgagee. On Monday December 18, 2017, Pacific Life wrote to the Conservation Review Board to withdraw its objection. As there were no outstanding objections, the Conservation Review Board closed its file.  Pursuant to Section 29 of the Act, this closure returned the matter back to Town Council to proceed as if no objection had been received. Council was required to either proceed with the by-law designating the Glen Abbey Golf Course property, or withdraw the Notice of Intention to Designate. The Town Council decision to proceed with this designation provides certainty to both the town and the property owner on the specific cultural heritage landscape value and interest of the property and the description of heritage attributes.

Council also believes this designation is important to implementing provincial policy. Section 3 of the Planning Act directs municipalities making decisions that may affect a planning matter to ensure that their decisions are consistent with provincial policy and conform to provincial plans. Today, provincial policies and plans direct municipalities to ensure that significant cultural heritage landscapes are conserved. They further advise that “conserved” means retaining the cultural heritage value or interest of a property under the Act.

While this Ontario Heritage Act designation is an important step toward conservation of the Glen Abbey Golf Course property as a cultural heritage landscape, town staff is continuing work on supporting official plan and zoning by-law amendments, and municipal by-laws to further these conservation efforts. Public input on these proposed amendments and by-laws can be given at these upcoming meetings:

A public open house on January 10, 2018 to share information and get feedback on the proposed Conservation Plan and related by-laws, official plan and zoning amendments.

A Planning and Development Council meeting on January 30, 2018.

The town is also preparing for an Ontario Municipal Board hearing on ClubLink’s appeal of Council’s decision of September 27, 2017 to refuse its applications to redevelop the Glen Abbey Golf Course property.  A pre-hearing date has not yet been set but is expected to take place in the spring of 2018.

Visit the Glen Abbey Information page for more details.

Former hospital site park design options

Complete a survey to tell us what you think.

If you didn’t make the open house on November 28, there’s still time to give us feedback on what you would like to see as part of the park design in combination with the new South East Community Centre and surrounding neighbourhood.

The survey takes about 5 to 10 minutes to complete. The first few pages provide a bit of background information and describe the distinct park zones that go into a park design – Plaza Zones; Focal Area Zone; Activity Zone and Passive/Flex Zone.

You will then have the opportunity to tell us what you would like to see in each of these zones – from benches, play features and landscaping to bicycle parking, water features, and picnic areas.
The survey closes December 12.

Take the survey

ALL ABOARD NORTHERN ONTARIO ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF NEW CITIZENS’ RAIL PASSENGER ADVOCACY CAMPAIGN

New group escalates push to revive Northlander and improve other Northern Ontario passenger trains and feeder buses

“The time for a determined and well-researched campaign to revive the Northlander is now.” – Éric Boutilier, Founder All Aboard Northern Ontario

NORTH BAY, ONTARIO – All Aboard Northern Ontario, a new grassroots advocacy group, today launched its campaign for the restoration of the Northlander passenger train and improvements to other rail and intercity bus services across Northeastern Ontario.

“The time for a determined and well-researched campaign to revive the Northlander is now,” says Éric Boutilier, founder of All Aboard Northern Ontario. “After more than two years of working with other groups to bring this about, it has become apparent that polite meetings with the very politicians and bureaucrats who cancelled the Northlander in 2012 result in nothing.

“Meanwhile, the provincial promise to improve intercity bus service in lieu of reinstating the Northlander has produced a reduction in the frequency of those very buses and endless additional studies by Queen’s Park. This madness needs to stop if Northern Ontarians – especially seniors, students and medical patients – are not to become even more isolated than they are now.”

All Aboard Northern Ontario will be increasing its push for equitable investments in public transportation through the professional development and public presentation of a restoration plan for the Northlander. Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act have already produced data that throws into question the wisdom of the train’s abandonment by the McGuinty government.

Says Boutilier, “The way forward is the one now being pursued by the All Aboard St. Marys citizens’ committee in Southwestern Ontario. That group has made the future of their region’s rail passenger service a major issue with the public, the media and politicians of all stripes. If there is to be any progress in Northern Ontario, that’s the route to go – and that is the route All Aboard Northern Ontario is going.”

In the weeks ahead, All Aboard Northern Ontario will release its data-based proposal for the restoration of the Northlander. The group will also be investigating and reporting on other northern transportation issues, such as the dismal performance of VIA Rail’s Canadian, which is leaving Ontarians from Sudbury to the Manitoba border in the lurch.

“The time for action is now,” says Boutilier. “With a provincial election on the horizon, the issue of the Northlander needs to be placed before the public and the candidates of all political parties.

“Action also needs to be taken on the inadequate service provided by VIA, which is deteriorating rapidly. We intend to put these and other public transportation issues before the public and our elected officials before the isolation now being experienced by Northern Ontarians grows any worse.”

All Aboard Northern Ontario has today launched its website and social media pages. The website may be accessed at https://allaboardnorthernontario.com/

The public, the media, and politicians are invited to review the data on the Northlander and the state of the region’s precarious transportation network. Northerners are also encouraged to share their story of how the cancellation of the Northlander has affected them personally.