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Published on Tuesday, October 10, 2017

ClubLink appeals Oakville council's decision

Town will vigorously defend its decision, mayor says

ClubLink appeals Oakville council's decision
- Oakville Beaver file photo
View of Glen Abbey Golf Course
By David Lea, Oakville Beaver

OAKVILLE — The fate of Glen Abbey Golf Course will soon be in the hands of an Ontario Municipal Board judge.

In a press release issued today (Oct. 10), golf course owner ClubLink announced that it had filed an appeal of Oakville council’s unanimous Sept. 27 decision to refuse the golf giant’s application to construct 3,222 residential units, 69,000 square feet of commercial/retail space and 107,000 square feet of office space on the property at 1333 Dorval Dr.

Oakville’s town clerk will now be obligated to forward the appeal to the board, which will then schedule a hearing to consider the merits of ClubLink’s application.

An Oakville planning and development council meeting concerning the ClubLink application lasted for two nights and heard from approximately 25 delegations.

In his remarks at the end of the meeting, Oakville Mayor Rob Burton called the ClubLink proposal an attack on the Livable Oakville Plan, which was created by the town and the community to guide growth.

“We are not surprised,” said Burton in an email today.

“The town will be vigorously defending council’s decisions.”

Town staff had called on council to refuse the development application on the grounds that the golf course is a site of significance to the town’s cultural heritage.

On Aug. 21, town council voted unanimously to issue a notice of intention to designate the entire 229-acre property under the Ontario Heritage Act.

Town staff also noted the proposed development is so large in scale it would constitute an unplanned growth area, which the town has no infrastructure in place to accommodate.

ClubLink lawyer Mark Flowers has argued the town’s attempt to designate the golf course is extremely broad and overreaching and could impact the day-to-day operations of the golf course.

He said the development would be in the public interest because 54 per cent of the overall site would be preserved as publicly-accessible green space.

He also noted the proposal would achieve a tree canopy of 42 per cent and generate $126 million in development charges.

Nearly all the residents who spoke at the planning and development meeting came out against the ClubLink proposal.

Some residents voiced concerns about the traffic impacts, while others worried about the loss of a world-class golf course.

Others said the only reason green space would be made public in the ClubLink plan is because much of those lands are on undevelopable flood plains.

As council prepares to deal with this appeal, they must also deal with a demolition application for Glen Abbey Golf Course brought forward by ClubLink on Sept. 25.

In a letter sent to the town, Flowers said ClubLink “will be proceeding with an application to the town under section 34 of the Ontario Heritage Act to remove the golf course and demolish all buildings on the lands other than those that are proposed to be retained under ClubLink’s redevelopment proposal."

The RayDor Estate House, which is currently leased to Golf Canada for its offices, the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum and the Stables would be spared.

Council has 90 days from Sept. 25 to respond to that application.
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Author: Mayor Rob Burton

Categories: News

Tags: Ontario Municipal Board , ClubLink , Glen Abbey Golf Course

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