Glen Abbey Development Planning Studies

The town’s 2009 Livable Oakville Official Plan (Livable Oakville) sets out the overall policies on how Oakville plans to grow and accommodate new residents and jobs into our community to meet the province’s Growth Plan requirements.

The town has identified three key town-wide studies that need to be completed to provide Council with the information and analysis it will need to understand the impact of the Glen Abbey on the town’s planned approach to growth.

Urban Structure Review

Macaulay Shiomi Howson Ltd was hired as the lead consultant to undertake an Urban Structure Review. The Urban Structure Review will examine the town’s urban structure – including natural heritage and open space, as well as residential, commercial, employment and mixed-use areas – to assess whether changes are necessary to accommodate required growth. It will also make sure community infrastructure and public services are available for the long term while ensuring environmental concerns and cost effectiveness are addressed.

The Urban Structure Review is important because the town must consider how to accommodate growth given development in all areas of the town is underway or planned. Instead of developing outward, the town needs to determine the best approach for managing development within the town boundaries.

Staff report went to Planning and Development Council on June 12, 2017. For more information visit the Urban Structure Review page.

Land Use Economic Impact Study

PricewaterhouseCoopers Real Estate Inc. (PwC) is completing a Land Use Economic Impact Study to identify the economic benefits to the Oakville community from the existing operations of the Glen Abbey Golf Course. The Land Use Economic Impact Study will provide the town with an understanding of the qualitative and quantitative costs and benefits of the proposed redevelopment relative to the existing operations on the golf course. This affects the overall Oakville community in terms of net jobs and taxes.

The study will assess the economic value, to the community of Oakville, of the Glen Abbey Golf Course operating in its current, planned and potential function, and evaluate the impact of the proposed redevelopment of the golf course. The incremental benefits that would result from additional uses that are currently permitted on the site (such as a hotel) will be identified as well as the potential benefits should the site be used for a long-term golf destination. These benefits will be compared and contrasted to the potential economic benefits that could accrue to the community from the proposed redevelopment of the site with approximately 3,200 residential units and 170,000 square feet of commercial space. The study will consider up-front costs associated with such a redevelopment as well as longer-term costs and benefits.

The Land Use Economic Impact Study went to Planning and Development Council on June 12, 2017.

Cultural Heritage Landscapes

The town’s Cultural Heritage Landscapes Strategy sets the foundation for the identification of candidate cultural heritage landscapes in Oakville. A cultural heritage landscape is a defined geographical area of heritage significance which has been modified by human activities and is valued by a community for the important contribution it makes to our understanding of the history of a place, an event, or a people. Phase One and Two of the study included a detailed inventory and evaluation of potential significant cultural heritage landscapes across the town.

Following extensive research and a detailed assessment process, Glen Abbey/Raydor Estate was recognized as one of four significant cultural heritage landscapes in Oakville at the Planning and Development Council on May 15, 2017.

Phase Three of the implementation of the Cultural Heritage Landscape Strategy is now underway and will consider and recommend appropriate protection measures for the conservation, protection and preservation of the significant cultural heritage landscapes recognized by Oakville Town Council. The implementation will consider tools under the Ontario Heritage Act, the Planning Act and Municipal Act.

Update: Notice of Intention to Designate - Glen Abbey Property

On August 15, 2017, the Heritage Oakville Advisory Committee approved a staff report recommending that the town proceed with a Notice of Intention to Designate the Glen Abbey property as a significant cultural heritage landscape under s. 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act.

A staff report will be prepared for consideration by Town Council at the August 21, 2017 meeting, which will include the input received from Heritage Oakville.

Please note that the recommendation to designate the Glen Abbey property as a significant cultural heritage landscape is based on the cultural heritage value of the property, which has been assessed by the town through its Cultural Heritage Landscapes Strategy. This proposed designation is separate from the applications filed by ClubLink to allow the redevelopment of the property for residential and commercial uses, which are not before the Heritage Committee on August 15 or Council on August 21. It is proposed that the ClubLink development applications will be considered at a future meeting of Council on September 26, 2017.

Staff will bring forward separate reports to Council on each of the three remaining Council endorsed properties after they have moved through Phase Three of the process.

For more information visit the Cultural Heritage Landscape Strategy Implementation page.

Livable Oakville Policies for Glen Abbey Lands

What are the policies in the town’s Livable Oakville Official Plan for Glen Abbey Golf Course?

Sixteen Mile Creek is designated as “Natural Area”.

The golf course table lands are designated as Private Open Space. Within the Private Open Space designation, additional uses which are related to the golf course are also permitted including such things as:

Hotel/conference centre with accessory facilities
Banquet and dining facilities
Limited retail, administrative offices

Was this land identified for future growth in Livable Oakville?

No. Unlike Saw-Whet Golf Course, Glen Abbey Golf Course has never been identified in the town’s Official Plan as having future growth potential. Glen Abbey plays a different role in the cultural, economic and urban structure of the community and that is why the town put in place an ICB so that further studies can take place to help us understand its role in the community before any proposed changes can be considered.

What is the current heritage designation on the site?

The RayDor estate house on the site is currently designated as a heritage building

Glen Abbey Golf Course was also identified as a potential cultural heritage landscape in the town’s 2016 Cultural Heritage Landscapes Strategy Phase 1 report. The Phase 2 assessment of this property is now underway and is expected to be completed in the spring of 2017.

Growth Planning

Why can’t the town can’t just say “no” to new development?

All property owners have a right to make applications for amendments to the town’s official plan and zoning by-laws and to file appeals to the Ontario Municipal Board if the town doesn’t approve these applications. The Ontario Municipal Board has an obligation to consider these applications on their merits.

Who decides if the town has enough growth?

The town’s growth requirements are actually determined by the Province of Ontario. The province forecasts growth through its Growth Plan which allocates a certain number of people to our region. Oakville, as part of Halton Region, is required to accommodate a certain portion of the growth. This forecasted growth is neither a minimum nor a cap on growth.

The town then sets out how Oakville plans to grow and accommodate new residents and jobs into communities in our Livable Oakville Official Plan.  Livable Oakville includes six growth areas for intensification and urban development: Midtown Oakville, Uptown Core, Palermo Village, Kerr Village, Bronte Village, and Downtown Oakville.

Redevelopment of the Glen Abbey site was not contemplated in the town’s Livable Oakville Official Plan which is one of the reasons the town put in place an ICB to study what impact this potential development would have on the community.

Where can I get more frequently asked questions

Visit the Glen Abbey Development FAQ page.