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Published on Thursday, June 22, 2017

OMB starts the clock on ClubLink application

Board sets deadlines for town to make decisions on Glen Abbey property

OMB starts the clock on ClubLink application
Glen Abbey golf course
- Metroland Media
By Nathan Howes, Oakville Beaver
The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) has ruled in favour of ClubLink regarding its development application for the Glen Abbey golf course.

Under the Planning Act, the town now has 120 days to consider and decide on the merits of the application for rezoning (Oct. 5) and 180 days to consider and decide on the merits of the application for an Official Plan Amendment (Dec. 4) to permit the complete redevelopment of the golf course.

If the town does not make a decision within this time frame, ClubLink would be in a position to appeal its applications directly to the OMB for decision.

The OMB’s decision to deem ClubLink’s application complete is disappointing for the town, it stated in a media release Thursday.

“Council is very disappointed that, less than one month after a decision that recognized that the town’s comprehensive planning studies underway were valid and necessary given the magnitude of the Glen Abbey proposal, another board decision says we must accept development applications for processing,” said Mayor Rob Burton.

“No doubt our residents are confused by this decision, but the town will move forward to review the application within the timelines established under the Planning Act.”

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

“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.

Deeming it complete as of its decision June 7, the OMB ruling was publicly-released Thursday afternoon, June 22, after three months of considering evidence and testimony presented by the Town of Oakville and ClubLink at a one-day hearing in March.

On Nov. 10, 2016, Glen Abbey property owners ClubLink submitted its application to the town, proposing to redevelop the lands into 3,222 residential units, 121,000 square feet of new commercial space and about 124 acres of permanent, publicly-accessible green space.

The application decision comes on the heels of a separate ruling by the OMB, which sided with the town last month on keeping its interim control bylaw (ICBL) and one-year extension in place until Jan. 31, 2018.

The ICBL was deemed appropriate and necessary to examine the implications of ClubLink’s proposed development at the 1333 Dorval Dr. property.

The bylaw temporarily blocks development of the lands.

Despite the most recent OMB ruling, the town is still moving forward with the next steps required to implement the Cultural Heritage Landscape assessments and Urban Structure Review that were approved by council May 15 and June 12, respectively, says Jane Clohecy, commissioner of community development.

“While the town is disappointed with this latest decision, it does not change the fact the town’s ICBL remains in place and no substantive changes to the land use at Glen Abbey property can take place before the town’s planning studies have been completed,” said Clohecy, in the media release.

“We fully anticipate using the results of the planning studies underway to assess the merits of the proposed redevelopment of the lands.”

ClubLink’s development proposal will now be reviewed through the town’s development review process in order to make a recommendation to council within the Planning Act timelines.

The process includes public notice and feedback on the applications:

• ClubLink’s development application is now posted to the town’s website so members of the public may register for official notices and provide feedback.

• Signs will be posted on the perimeter of the golf course site shortly indicating a development proposal has been submitted to the town.

• A public information meeting will held in mid-July to explain the application and receive public comments.

• A report outlining the staff recommendation to council will be posted on the website prior to the application being considered by council for review by the public.

• Members of the public may provide feedback in writing or in person any time before a final decision is made by Planning and Development.

For more information on the town’s ICBL and planning studies, visit oakville.ca.
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