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Published on Thursday, May 11, 2017

OMB upholds Town's interim control bylaw on Glen Abbey

Oakville Glen Abbey’s rich history is documented by the Town

OMB upholds Town's interim control bylaw on Glen Abbey
Glen Abbey golf course
By Nathan Howes, Oakville Beaver

The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) sided in favour of the Town of Oakville for enacting an interim control bylaw (ICBL) on the Glen Abbey golf course property.

The OMB decision was revealed late Wednesday, May 10, after almost three months of reviewing submissions and testimony presented by the Town and the Glen Abbey property owner ClubLink, during an eight-day hearing held at Town Hall in late January and early February of this year.

The Town’s ICBL was originally enacted Feb. 1, 2016 for one year and then extended in November until Jan. 31, 2018, and applies to the Glen Abbey golf course property at 1333 Dorval Dr.

The bylaw, which temporarily blocks development of the lands, was in response to a development application from ClubLink, submitted to the Town on Nov. 10, 2016.

ClubLink has proposed redeveloping the golf course property into 3,222 residential units, 121,000 sq. ft. of new commercial space and about 124 acres of permanent, publicly-accessible green space.

The ICBL, according to the Town, is to provide the municipality time to complete three studies — Urban Structure Review, Land Use Economic and Impact Analysis study and the Cultural Heritage Landscape assessment of the Glen Abbey golf course.

It’s also in place to implement any possible changes to the Town’s Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw and have the appropriate policy and regulatory context in place to properly consider the Glen Abbey golf course redevelopment proposal.

ClubLink appealed the enactment and extension of the ICBL to the OMB.

Bruce Krushelnicki, executive chair of the Environmental & Land Tribunals Ontario (ELTO), presided over the hearing and made the decision on the appeal.

“Having considered all of the issues raised in respect to the proposal for an ICBL (interim control bylaw) and the one-year renewal of the ICBL, the board finds for the Town and concludes that the ICBL is appropriate and necessary,” Krushelnicki wrote in his decision.

He said the interim control bylaw is justified and based on a “legitimate planning rationale” and has been enacted in good faith.

“(It) does not unfairly target the subject proposal, in comparison with others, and there is no evidence that it has been enacted for the purpose of delay or to frustrate the proper assessment of the merits of a development application,” said Krushelnicki.

“It is in conformity with the RHOP (Region of Halton Official Plan) and the Provincial Growth Plan and is consistent with the PPS (Provincial Policy Statement).”

The board immediately dismissed ClubLink’s appeals of the original enactment of the bylaw and its extension.

Decision generates reactions

News of the decision spread quickly, and on Wednesday night, the Save Glen Abbey coalition — which started an online petition against the proposed development earlier this year — stated it is “delighted that the OMB has dismissed the appeal by ClubLink.”

“The Town can continue with its valuable studies to prove the valuable impact that Glen Abbey has for, not only for Oakville, but also Canada,” in a statement emailed to the Oakville Beaver.

The Town of Oakville sent out a media release Thursday afternoon, May 11, after reviewing the decision with its legal department.

Oakville Mayor Rob Burton said Council is “very pleased the board recognized that the magnitude of the Glen Abbey proposal and its potential for impact on the community warrant further study.”

“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,” said Burton.

The Town stated the OMB’s decision ensures the municipality will have sufficient time to complete its studies on the Glen Abbey property, and staff will report back to Council in 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 interim control bylaw expires on Feb. 1, 2018.

ClubLink also reacted to the OMB decision and provided a statement to the Beaver Thursday.

“We respect the OMB process. In terms of our ongoing application process, we are reviewing the implications of the decision at this time,” said Robert Visentin, ClubLink senior vice-president.

A second OMB hearing was held in March to determine the completeness of ClubLink’s development application for the golf course property. The Town deemed in December 2016 the application was not complete.

The case is still under review and a decision on that appeal hasn’t yet been made.

A third appeal to OMB by ClubLink, regarding its protest of the application fees, hasn’t been scheduled for a hearing at this time.

The Town has also posted its upcoming meeting dates on its three studies.

Urban Structure Review

Livable Oakville Subcommittee, Town Hall, Monday, May 15, 1 p.m.

Public information meeting, Town Hall, Tuesday, May 30, 7 p.m.

Planning and Development, Town Hall, Monday, June 12, 7 p.m.

Cultural Heritage Landscapes

Phase 2 reports for the high priority sites, including Glen Abbey, will be presented at the Planning and Development, Town Hall, Monday, May 15, 7p.m.

Land Use Economic and Impact Analysis

Planning and Development, Town Hall, Monday, June 12, 7 p.m.

To register as a delegate to speak at the Planning and Development Council meetings, call 905-815-6015 or email by noon the day of the meeting.
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Author: Mayor Rob Burton

Categories: News

Tags: ClubLink , Oakville Town Council



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