Tue, 06 Jul 2021
Oakville Council has requested a Minister’s Zoning Order (MZO) and three other provincial tools for the conservation of the Glen Abbey cultural heritage landscape.
The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Steve Clark, wrote to Mayor Rob Burton on June 16: “I understand the significant local interest in these matters and wish to assure you that these matters are of provincial interest as well.” And, “If the Town Council or the Region Council, as the duly-elected representatives of the impacted local community, have a specific proposal for the use of any provincial tool in relation to the lands, I would request that you formally identify that for me through a council resolution. A clear articulation of the local municipal desire in this regard will help ensure the most efficient and timely decision-making.”
At a Special Meeting on Tuesday, Council unanimously passed a Resolution identifying four provincial tools:
Oakville MPP Stephen Crawford wrote a letter June 21, urging Council to “put forward a motion for Oakville Town Council to formally request, through a Council resolution, that Minister Clark issues a Ministerial Zoning Order to protect the Glen Abbey Golf Club.”
After consultation with Ministry and Regional staff, Oakville staff prepared a report for Town Council regarding the use of the four provincial powers.
Mayor Burton presented Council a Resolution making the requests. Ward 2 Councillors Cathy Duddeck and Ray Chisholm moved and seconded the Mayor’s recommended resolution.
“A Minister’s Zoning Order is just one of the possible tools the Minister could use to fulfill the government’s promise. The Mayor’s recommendation is to pass a local Resolution to ask the Minister to use the MZO power as well as several others. Taken together, the powers identified in the Resolution would make it possible for the government to keep its promise,” Councillor Duddeck stated at the Special Meeting.
“I appreciate the letters sent by Minister Clark and MPP Crawford, in respect of the Glen Abbey lands, to Regional Chair Gary Carr and me, requesting our local input by way of a Resolution. Minister Clark assured me, in his letter, that ‘these matters are of provincial interest as well’ and I agree with him,” said Mayor Burton.
“I look forward to the Province’s response and action to keep their commitment to Oakville residents and to conserve the Glen Abbey lands.”
Halton Regional Council will consider a motion moved by Regional Councillor Cathy Duddeck and Mayor Rob Burton on July 7, 2021, at 9:30 a.m.