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Published on Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Way cleared to save Glen Abbey heritage

Oakville council holding special meeting on Glen Abbey Wednesday

Way cleared to save Glen Abbey heritage
Oakville Beaver file photo
Glen Abbey Golf Course view from Upper Middle Road bridge
By David Lea, Oakville Beaver

The Town of Oakville will hold a special council meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 20 to consider the designation of the Glen Abbey Golf Course under the Ontario Heritage Act.

During the Monday, Dec. 18 council meeting Oakville Mayor Rob Burton announced that Pacific Life Insurance Company had withdrawn its objection to the Town’s Notice of Intention to Designate the 1333 Dorval Dr., property.

With no other official objections received this clears the way for the Town to move toward designating the property.

No reason was given for the withdrawal, however, the objection would have been heard by the Conservation Review Board, which only has the power to make recommendations to Oakville council.

The meeting to consider the designation of Glen Abbey Golf Course as a property of cultural heritage value or interest under the Ontario Heritage Act will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.

There has been considerable interest in the future of the Glen Abbey Golf Course 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 recent weeks the Town has also considered legislation that if passed would in theory limit alterations that can be made to the Glen Abbey property.

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 , Heritage Preservation , Glen Abbey Golf Course

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