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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.

OMB upholds Town’s Interim Control By-law regarding Glen Abbey

The Ontario Municipal Board has rejected ClubLink’s appeal by upholding the town’s Interim Control By-law (ICBL) and its one year extension, concluding that the ICBL was appropriate and necessary. The Board’s decision noted that the town’s ICBL was based on a legitimate planning rationale, was enacted in good faith, and was in conformity with the Region of Halton Official Plan and the Provincial Growth Plan.

“Council is very pleased that the Board recognized that the magnitude of the Glen Abbey proposal and its potential for impact on the community warrant further study,” Mayor Burton said. “Our Livable Oakville Official Plan specifically identifies suitable growth areas in order to protect the character of our stable residential neighbourhoods and Council looks forward to hearing the results of the town’s studies.”

The OMB’s decision ensures the town will have sufficient time to complete its studies on the Glen Abbey property. Staff will be reporting to Council over the next month on all three studies. Any further work directed by Council as a result of the studies is expected to be completed before the ICBL expires on February 1, 2018.

Upcoming meeting dates are:

  1. Urban Structure Review
  • Livable Oakville Subcommittee, Town Hall, May 15, 1 p.m.
  • Public information meeting, Town Hall, May 30, 7 p.m.
  • Planning and Development Council, Town Hall, June 12, 7 p.m.
  1. Cultural Heritage Landscapes
  • Phase 2 reports for the high priority sites, including Glen Abbey, went to Heritage Oakville Advisory Committee on April 25
  • Planning and Development Council, Town Hall, May 15, 7p.m.
  1. Land Use Economic and Impact Analysis
  • Planning and Development Council, Town Hall, June 12, 7 p.m.

Members of the public are invited to attend these upcoming meetings. To register as a delegate to speak at the Planning and Development Council meetings, please call 905-815-6015 or email townclerk@oakville.ca by noon the day of the meeting.

The ICBL, originally passed on February 1, 2016 with a one-year extension, will now remain in effect up to January 31, 2018. Section 38 of the Planning Act (Ont.) permits a municipality to pass an ICBL for up to a year (with the right to extend the by-law for a further year) in order to complete a review or study of land use policies in the municipality.

For more information, review the summary of the decision on the Interim Control By-law page.