The New Year Brings New Updates for the Glen Abbey Golf Course in Oakville


The beginning of 2019 has brought on new updates in the Town of Oakville's battle to save the Glen Abbey Golf Course.

First, let's recap on what has happened so far and in the last couple of months.

In September of last year, reported that ClubLink was filing an application to remove and demolish Oakville's beloved Glen Abbey Golf Course and all buildings on the land - aside from the ones covered under the redevelopment proposal.

ClubLink has proposed a mixed complex which includes 3,222 residential units, 121,000 square feet of commercial space and roughly 124 acres of permanent, and a publicly-accessible green space.

In efforts to save the golf course, town council designated Glen Abbey as a property of cultural heritage value or interest on Dec. 20, 2017.

However, a lot has changed since then.

A decision issued back in December of 2018 by Justice Morgan of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has quashed the town's Cultural Heritage Landscape Conservation Plan and the associated by-laws for Glen Abbey.

In order to determine next steps, a special meeting of council was held on Jan. 7, 2019. During this meeting, council instructed staff to appeal this decision.

Also, back in December of 2018, the town was served with an application from ClubLink to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to quash the Heritage Designation By-law 2017-138.

The town will also be opposing this application. 

So, what's next for the Glen Abbey Golf Course?

The Town of Oakville website points out that the town's motion requesting an order that the hearing on the Glen Abbey development applications be phased will be heard at Town Hall on March 27, 2019.

In addition, a hearing regarding the official plan and zoning amendments appeals has been scheduled for eight days in 2019. This hearing will begin on June 17, 2019.

Also according to the Town of Oakville's website, a further pre-hearing conference on the development applications will take place on Nov. 15, 2019

The town's website notes, "The Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) has scheduled the hearing regarding the Glen Abbey development applications for July 6 to Nov. 20, 2020."

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