Notice of Refusal for a proposed official plan and zoning by-law amendments at 170 North Service Road West for Empress Capital Group Ltd.

Fri, 17 Jul 2020

Notice of Refusal
Proposed Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments
170 North Service Road West
Empress Capital Group Ltd.
OPA 1517.18, ZBA 1517.18, Ward 2

Council has made a decision to refuse the application for an official plan amendment and zoning by-law amendment submitted by Empress Capital Group Ltd. under sections 22 and 34, of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. P.13, as amended on July 6, 2020.

The purpose of the proposed Official Plan Amendment is to create a site specific exception to the Core Commercial designation to allow a hotel as a permitted use. The purpose of the Zoning By-law Amendment is to create a site specific Special Provision to permit the proposed hotel use and to allow site specific standards to implement the proposed site layout.

The effect of the proposed Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment is to allow a seven storey hotel on the subject lands. The proposed hotel would contain 114 hotel rooms. The building is proposed to be oriented parallel to North Service Road West with the primary entrance being visible from the street.

Council was concerned with the safety of the travelling public with the proposed access and egress plan which appeared to rely on U-Turns at a very busy intersection and with the proposed reduced parking standard for this hotel especially in the absence of a Shared Access and Parking Agreement with the neighbouring property. Council’s decision reflects that the comments from the public were fully considered by Council and have been appropriately addressed.

Any appeals must be filed with the Town Clerk at 1225 Trafalgar Road, Oakville, ON, L6H 0H3; must set out the reasons for the appeal; and must be accompanied with a certified cheque or money order in the amount of $300.00 payable to the Minister of Finance.  A copy of the appeal form is available from the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal website.

A person or public body that requested an amendment to the official plan of the Town of Oakville may appeal the refusal of the requested amendment to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal in respect of all or any part of the requested amendment by filing a notice of appeal with the Town Clerk.

No person or public body shall be added as a party to the hearing of the appeal unless, before the requested official plan amendment was refused, the person or public body made oral submission at a public meeting if any, or written submissions to the council or, in the opinion of the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to add the person or public body as a party.

The decision of Council is final if a notice of appeal is not received before or on the last day to appeal.

Questions may be directed to Kelly Livingstone, Planner, Planning Services department at 905-845-6601, ext. 3045 (TTY 905-338-4200), by email at

The personal information accompanying your submission is being collected under the authority of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. P.13, as amended, and can form part of the public record which may be released to the public.