Town : zero – Clublink: one: Glen Abbey Development still in play

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Town : zero – Clublink: one: Glen Abbey Development still in play
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The Ontario Divisional Court denied the Town of Oakville’s request to dismiss the appeal to the OMB by Clublink. Clublink appealed that Glen Abbey Golf Course development application was completed. The result, Oakville will be facing off against Clublink at the Ontario Municipal Board.

The Town deemed Clublink’s development application submitted in June 2017 incomplete. The Town’s staff made the recommendation that Councillors reject the application on September 12, 2017. Glen Abbey Redevelopment Application by Clublink was unanimously rejected by town councillors on September 26, 2017.

The request by the town to dismiss Clublink’s appeal was a logical legal step. It is a set back. The OMB will still be involved in the decision.

Glen Abbey Redevelopment Application Rejected

An in-depth article regarding the Court’s decision was written by Joey Coleman the editor of the The Public Record: Divisional Court Upholds OMB Decisions in Oakville Glen Abbey Development Rulings

History of Clublink’s Redevelopment Application

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.

On Monday, February 1, 2016 Council voted 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 ensured that no further proposals for the golf course will be accepted by the town, as well as it will allow sufficient time for the town to complete key planning studies including:

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A. an Urban Structure review;
B. a Land Use Economic and Impact Analysis study; and
C. the Cultural Heritage Landscapes assessment of the Glen Abbey Golf Course.

On November 10, 2016, Clublink filed an application regarding the redevelopment of Glen Abbey, which is in direct conflict with the Town of Oakville’s decision to extended the Interim Control By-Law by another year which passed on November 1, 2016.

On May 15, 2017 Council recognized the Glen Abbey Property as a significant cultural heritage landscape and directed staff to proceed to Phase Three of the Cultural Heritage Landscape Strategy Implementation. The new designation would expand the designation to include the entire property as a significant cultural heritage landscape.

On August 21, 2017, the Town of Oakville Council unanimously decided to issue a notice to designate the Glen Abbey property as a cultural heritage landscape.

Clublink’s Redevelopment Application is a hot button issue for Oakville Residents. The decision by the Court is a set back. What ultimately with happen with Glen Abbey is ongoing saga.

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