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Council approves additional conservation measures for Glen Abbey Golf Course

Oakville Council approved additional planning and conservation measures designed to conserve the cultural heritage value and attributes of the Glen Abbey Golf Course at its Planning and Development Council meeting last night. These measures included specific official plan and zoning amendments, a Cultural Heritage Landscape Conservation Plan by-law, and a Cultural Heritage Landscape Conservation Plan for the Glen Abbey property. Staff also tabled proposed amendments to existing town site alteration, private tree protection and property standards by-laws with respect to cultural heritage landscapes and protected heritage properties. All of these measures have helped further the town’s implementation of the planning and cultural heritage studies that were undertaken while the town’s interim control by-law (ICB) restricted Glen Abbey to its existing uses.

“The ICB provided the town with sufficient time to carry out studies on the cultural heritage value and interest of the property, as well as the potential impact of ClubLink’s proposal to redevelop its Glen Abbey Golf Course property on the growth of our community,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Council is confident that the official plan and zoning amendments approved tonight conform to provincial, regional and town official plans and that the Conservation Plan creates a workable plan to retain the cultural heritage value of the Glen Abbey Golf Course property.”

Town Council officially designated the Glen Abbey Golf Course property for its heritage value on December 20, 2017. The designation recognized the property as a significant cultural heritage landscape. Provincial policy and the 2017 Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe require that significant cultural heritage landscapes be conserved. The Cultural Heritage Landscape Conservation Plan for Glen Abbey Golf Course, as well as the official plan and zoning by-law amendments, provide guidance to ensure that any future alterations to the property conserve the significant cultural heritage landscape of Glen Abbey. The plan also outlines what activities would require town consent, and what would be exempt.

While the town has now updated the planning and heritage requirements for the property, the town must still respond to Clublink’s request under Section 34 of the Ontario Heritage Act to remove the golf course in its entirety. This application is the subject of litigation between the town and ClubLink as to whether ClubLink has the authority under section 34 to make the application. A court hearing to determine the dispute will take place on July 16 and 17, 2018.

In the interim, by court order, the town has agreed to render a decision on the ClubLink application. This decision will come before Heritage Oakville on February 6, 2018 and to Planning and Development Council on February 12, 2018.

To learn more, visit our Glen Abbey Information page.

ClubLink has also appealed Council’s decision of September 27, 2017, to refuse their applications to redevelop the Glen Abbey Golf Course lands to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). The pre-hearing for this appeal is scheduled to take place at Town Hall on April 27, 2018.

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.