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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.

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Hydro line clearing and construction taking place in east Oakville

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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.

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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.

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Switching Gears Transportation Master Plan

Oakville’s TMP, Switching Gears (pdf) looks at all modes of transportation including public transit, walking, cycling and ride-sharing along with strategic roadway improvements to ensure the safe, convenient and efficient movement of people and goods.

Launched in 2013, Switching Gears is the town’s guiding document for developing practical, sustainable, long-term plans to guide the town’s transportation system to meet the needs of its anticipated growth to 2031. It incorporates transportation, land use planning and financial strategy which respects the social, environmental and economic goals as defined in the Livable Oakville Plan, the Halton Region Official Plan and other provincial strategies. It also aligns with other key studies including the town’s Active Transportation Master Plan and Halton’s Transportation Plan – The Road to Change.

It’s time for Oakville to update its TMP

Oakville is growing and changing. Over the next few decades, the town expects to see increased traffic due to population and employment growth. To address this challenge, staff is looking for responsible and effective ways to handle the growing demand including finding a balance for strategic road improvements, with the need to provide a greater range of transportation choices to reduce the number of vehicles on the road.

The 2017 TMP Update will review the transportation network improvements focusing on future transit targets to accommodate growth to 2031, and provide input into the town’s upcoming Development Charge By-Law.

Public consultation

Building on the success of the town’s recent Active Transportation Master Plan update, Goods Movement Study and Pedestrian Safety Study, staff will be seeking public feedback to guide the TMP update. The 2017 TMP Update is following the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (as amended, 2015) process involving two consultation meetings between May and December 2017. Continue reading Switching Gears Transportation Master Plan

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.