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Published on Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Glen Abbey Golf Course at Council again

Town of Oakville preparing more protection measures for Glen Abbey

Glen Abbey Golf Course at Council again
Oakville Beaver file photo
A Glen Abbey Golf Course view
By David Lea, Oakville Beaver

The Town of Oakville’s plan to preserve the Glen Abbey Golf Course got a thumbs-up from several residents Tuesday, Dec. 5.

Five delegations applauded a proposed zoning bylaw amendment that, if passed, would regulate the use of the 1333 Dorval Dr., property and the erection, location, and use of buildings and structures thereon to ensure the heritage attributes of the site are retained.

There has been considerable interest in the future of the Glen Abbey Golf Course property ever since owner ClubLink announced plans to build 3,222 residential units at the site, including nine apartment buildings between nine and 12 storeys.

Many residents have voiced concerns about the loss of the golf course and the increased traffic levels should the development be allowed to proceed.

Given the golf course’s history within the community, the town carried out a cultural landscape assessment, which found the property to have local, provincial and national significance.

As a result, on Aug. 21, council unanimously voted to proceed with a Notice of Intention to Designate the property as a significant cultural heritage landscape under the Ontario Heritage Act.

In addition, the proposed zoning bylaw, discussed Tuesday, seeks to give the golf course another level of protection while allowing the business of the golf course to continue.

“The proposed zoning bylaw amendment would apply a new special provision to the entire Glen Abbey property. The special provision would identify specific areas (blocks) within the property, which would be subject to specific permissions and regulations,” said Lesley Gill Wood of the town’s policy planning department.

“The effect would be to permit the golf course and the existing accessory uses, as well as the existing office uses in the RayDor Estate office building. It would also allow all existing buildings and structures, as well as temporary structures related to golf tournaments.”

Existing zoning permits the construction of a hotel in the vicinity of the RayDor Estate building.

The proposed zoning bylaw would permit this land use option, but would place a holding provision on such development so that any developer planning on building a hotel would have to go through a heritage impact assessment and require the consent of the town.

The bylaw has yet to be approved with council only voting Tuesday to receive resident feedback on the proposed legislation.

“The vast majority of Oakville residents believe the Glen Abbey Golf Course, its buildings, its green space, its existing attributes should be protected,” said Mark Conzelman, Glen Abbey resident.

Gary Mark of the Save Glen Abby residents’ association said the Glen Abbey Golf Course is a site of significant cultural heritage value and as such his group supports the proposed zoning bylaw amendment.

Another resident called on town council not to compromise as the fight with ClubLink continues, noting people want the entire golf course preserved.

“We all want that outcome,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton.

While no representatives from ClubLink spoke during the Tuesday meeting ClubLink lawyer Mark Flowers has previously called the town’s notice to designate the entire site an “overreach in the extreme.”
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Author: Mayor Rob Burton

Categories: News

Tags: ClubLink , Glen Abbey Golf Course



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