Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Council voted unanimously last night to pass an Interim Control By-law (ICB) to restrict the use of the Glen Abbey Golf Course to its existing uses for a period of one year. The ICB will allow sufficient time for the town to complete key planning studies including:
“Provincial legislation is very clear that growth in local municipalities must be aligned with provincial planning objectives,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Any project of a significant size and scope which could alter Oakville’s existing planned approach in our Livable Oakville Official Plan needs careful study and analysis.”
“Council’s decision last night provides town staff with the time and resources to complete the required studies, and will provide Council with the information and analysis it will need to make an informed decision,” Burton added.
In the meeting, Mark H. Simeoni, director, Planning Services department, presented the town’s recommendations to undertake town-wide planning studies and an ICB for Glen Abbey Golf Course, and responded to multiple questions from Council on the issue. Council also heard from members of the public and a representative of the owners of Glen Abbey Golf Course before making its decision. In addition to adopting the Interim Control By-law, Council agreed to:
Section 38 of the Planning Act (Ont.) permits a municipality to pass an ICB for up to a year (with the right to extend the by-law for a further year) in order to complete a review or study of land use policies in the municipality.
The town’s 2009 Livable Oakville Official Plan (Livable Oakville) sets out policies on how Oakville plans to grow and accommodate new residents and jobs into communities. Livable Oakville includes six growth areas for intensification and urban development: Midtown Oakville, Uptown Core, Palermo Village, Kerr Village, Bronte Village, and Downtown Oakville. Currently, redevelopment of the Glen Abbey site is not contemplated.
During a pre-consultation meeting, held on November 18, 2015, ClubLink Corporation declared its interest in redeveloping the Glen Abbey Golf Course property including 3,000-3,200 residential units, approximately 70,000-90,000 square feet of new office and 70,000-80,000 square feet of retail space.
Review the February 1, 2016 Council agenda and staff report.