Will Oakville's Glen Abbey Have Heritage Designation?

Oakville’s beloved Glen Abbey property - as a whole - may be designated a significant cultural heritage landscape.

The town’s heritage committee is hearing a report recommending just that on Tuesday morning — the move could save the golf course from development.

The Glen Abbey property is already designated under section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act but the existing designation is limited to the Raydor Estate House.

The task before the committee is to review and consider the information and comments provided by staff and all delegations and to provide council with advice regarding this proposal.

A staff report will then go to Town Council for consideration on August 21.

Proposed development by ClubLink includes 3,222 residential units, 121,000 square feet of commercial space and roughly 124 acres of permanent, publicly-accessible green space.

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.

Keep in mind, the recommendation to designate Glen Abbey as a significant cultural heritage landscape is based on the cultural heritage value of the property, which has been assessed by the town through its cultural heritage landscapes strategy. This proposed designation is separate from the applications filed by ClubLink to allow the redevelopment of the property for residential and commercial uses, which are not before the Heritage Committee on August 15 or Council on August 21. It is proposed that the ClubLink development applications will be considered at a future meeting of Council on September 26, 2017.

Feedback on cultural heritage issues - including comments in support of, or in objection to, staff's proposal to designate the Glen Abbey property - is welcome.

Residents can contact the clerks department at townclerk [at] oakville [dot] ca or by phone at (905) 815-6015.

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