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Mon, 13 May 2013
The Livable Oakville Plan was put to the test at a recent Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) appeal and its policies were successfully upheld. A May 10, OMB decision dismissed an appeal made by Fernbrook Homes based on the evidence that its proposal did not conform to the town’s Livable Oakville Plan policies to preserve, enhance and protect the character of established neighbourhoods. The OMB determined that the proposal was not in keeping with the densities and built form that currently characterize the area — predominately single detached homes on larger lots.
“This is a very important decision for Oakville. The OMB has sent a strong message that our official plan, Livable Oakville, is defensible in its design to protect the distinct character of our residential communities,” Mayor Rob Burton said.
Town Council denied the original Fernbrook application for the lands at 1215 Lakeshore Road West in June 2012, and subsequently denied the application for the additional parcel of land at 1221 Lakeshore Road West in March 2013. The applications requested that the lands be rezoned and subdivided to permit the development of 33 single detached dwellings fronting onto a private condominium roadway.
“The Livable Oakville Plan directs growth to identified growth areas while protecting the town's stable residential communities, green spaces and employment lands to 2031," said Dana Anderson, director, Planning Services. “For the first test of the plan, we are pleased to see that the OMB agrees that the policies of Livable Oakville represent good planning.”
The hearing revolved around the policy framework established by the Livable Oakville Plan as it applies to this particular site and the cumulative changes to the zoning by-law regulations with respect to the height of the buildings, density, size of the proposed lots, and the private road.
Information on the town’s Livable Oakville Plan can be found on the Livable Oakville Plan page.