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.

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

Update: Notice of Intention to Designate - Glen Abbey Property

On August 21, 2017, Council unanimously voted in favour to 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. For details, visit our Cultural Heritage Landscape Strategy page and read the news release.

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. 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 Glen Abbey Cultural Heritage Landscape Strategy page.