Public Meeting in Oakville Will Address Glen Abbey Plans

A report recommending council rejects ClubLink’s development application for Glen Abbey is on the agenda at Oakville Town Hall.

That’s where a special meeting of planning and development council is taking place on Sept. 26 regarding the future of 1333 Dorval Dr.

The report is advising council refuses ClubLink’s development application for an official plan amendment, a zoning by-law amendment, and a plan of subdivision for a mixed-use development consisting of 3,222 residential units and 11,270 square metres of commercial space including retail and office.

Roughly 181 people attended the July 19 public information meeting, according to town staff.

Here are some highlights from the report:

The applications “fail to adequately consider the impact of the development on the town's urban structure,” say staff, and “this is an important consideration as this application, if approved, would compromise fulfilment of key Provincial policy directives.”

The geographic area, proposed population, density, built form and building heights of the proposed development is commensurate with a growth area, in the Oakville context.

No existing or planned higher-order transit, frequent transit, public service facilities or node are located in proximity to the subject lands that would support consideration of these lands as a new growth area,” the report reads.

The Growth Plan (2017) requires Halton Region to undertake integrated planning with the town through a regional municipal comprehensive review to establish, amongst other things, new strategic growth areas (nodes or corridors).

The Glen Abbey Golf Course “is not an appropriate location for a new node or corridor, and does not uphold the town's urban structure,” the report continues, and the proposed removal of the golf course “would not preserve, enhance and protect the distinct character, cultural heritage, living environment, and sense of community of neighbourhoods” which is a guiding principle of the Livable Oakville Plan.

In addition, internal and external agencies and a technical peer review “found deficiencies” with various reports and studies that accompanied the applications “that did not fully demonstrate conformity with provincial, regional and/or local policies or practice.”

The town’s Livable Oakville Official Plan is also on deck.

An Urban Structure Review report proposing an Official Plan Amendment to the Livable Oakville Plan. The amendment will provide for a town-wide urban structure to establish the basis for official plan policy and for making planning decisions. The town’s urban structure is intended to protect natural heritage, open space and cultural heritage, maintain the character of residential areas and direct growth to an identified system of nodes and corridors.

A Cultural Heritage Landscape report proposing an Official Plan Amendment that would establish revised policies as part of the implementation of the Cultural Heritage Landscape implementation program.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Residents can register as a delegate to speak at the meeting or e-mail written comments to townclerk [at] oakville [dot] ca

Photo courtesy of Glen Abbey Golf Club

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