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Published on Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Town in court on Glen Abbey

Council challenging ClubLink bid to demolish Glen Abbey Golf Course

Town in court on Glen Abbey
Town Hall - Oakville Beaver file photo
Town of Oakville going to court to protect Glen Abbey Oakville Town Hall
Oakville Beaver

The Town of Oakville will be going to court in an effort to protect the Glen Abbey Golf Course.

Town staff announced today (Nov. 7) that they had initiated a court application to determine the town’s rights and jurisdiction under the Ontario Heritage Act in connection with the Glen Abbey Golf Course.

The action comes following a statement made by golf course owner ClubLink that it would apply to demolish all buildings (other than the Raydor Estate and the stables) on the site and remove the golf course in its entirety.

“Oakville has a long-standing commitment to protecting heritage resources across the town, and numerous heritage experts have advised us that Glen Abbey merits protection,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton in a press release.

“ClubLink has ignored the process outlined in the Ontario Heritage Act to object to heritage designations. We do not see how demolishing the building and removing the golf course would meet provincial requirements that heritage landscapes be conserved.”

The court application seeks direction regarding what the Ontario Heritage Act permits, and what obligations and duties rest with the Town in processing a demolition application that it considers to be not authorized by the legislation.

In May 2017, a heritage evaluation prepared by a team of experts concluded that the Glen Abbey property met the criteria for municipal heritage protection.

On the basis of those expert opinions, town staff recommended heritage designation and council approved that recommendation on Aug. 21.

Public notice of the town’s intention to designate the Glen Abbey Golf Course was issued on Aug. 24.

Under the Ontario Heritage Act, individuals had 30 days to object to this notice of intention to designate and seek a hearing before the Conservation Review Board on the heritage merits of the proposed designation.

ClubLink officials said they would not be appealing the decision because recommendations by the Conservation Review Board are not binding on the Town of Oakville.

Instead, ClubLink announced its intention to demolish the site.

Pacific Life, the mortgagee of the property, did issue an objection, and a Conservation Review Board hearing is expected to be held later this year.

On Sept. 27, council voted unanimously to refuse ClubLink’s application to redevelop the Glen Abbey Golf Course lands to permit 3,222 residential units, 69,000 square feet of commercial/retail space and 107,000 square feet of office space.

Town staff recommended council refuse the ClubLink application on the grounds that it did not represent good planning and was not consistent with applicable provincial, regional and town policy.

ClubLink has already appealed the refusal of the development application to the Ontario Municipal Board.

No hearing dates have been set at this time.
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Author: Mayor Rob Burton

Categories: News

Tags: ClubLink , Glen Abbey Golf Course



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