OMB approves Bronte Green application for development of former Saw-Whet Golf Course lands

Thursday, July 6, 2017 – for immediate release

OMB approves Bronte Green application for development of former Saw-Whet Golf Course lands

Decision approves settlement negotiated last fall

The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) has released its decision formally approving the negotiated settlement that was reached between the Town of Oakville, the Region of Halton, Conservation Halton and Bronte Green last fall concerning the development of the lands at 1401 Bronte Road.

“The OMB’s decision to approve the town’s settlement with Bronte Green was the best possible outcome that we could achieve at the OMB,” Mayor Burton said. “In the settlement, Bronte Green agreed to significant concessions to respond to all of the issues raised by the town including protecting green space and addressing key environmental concerns over wildlife and flood protection. While it would have been desirable to preserve all this land, legally that was simply not possible in this case.”

The approved development proposal permits Bronte Green to build a residential community with limited retail, and a mix of single family homes, townhouses and low-rise apartments located on Bronte Road. This proposed transit-friendly community will also include a school, parks and a trail system while preserving sensitive environmental lands that are critical habitat to endangered and other species of wildlife.

The town had opposed the original Bronte Green application as being premature and not in the public interest. This position was based on serious concerns with the draft plan and the underlying technical studies. The town engaged a team of 15 witnesses representing a variety of scientific and planning disciplines to put forth its case.

Following extensive negotiations, Bronte Green made significant changes to its original development proposal to reflect the concerns raised by the Town of Oakville, Region of Halton, Conservation Halton and the community. These changes included:

Dedicating a significant parcel of land to enhance the woodlands
Creating a high value habitat for species including snapping turtles.
Increasing the size of the buffer around the natural features from 10 to 30 metres in order to better protect the natural heritage system from the impacts of development and to reduce flood and erosion impacts.
Constructing storm water management systems which insure that there will be no additional risk of downstream flooding.
Removing the vehicular bridge previously proposed over the Fourteen Mile Creek which posed a threat to endangered species of fish.
Securing a permanent natural heritage linkage to Bronte Creek Provincial Park.
Reserving an elementary school site adjacent to a centrally located neighbourhood park.
Increasing density on portions of the site to support transit-friendly development along Bronte Road, and preserve more parkland

For more information visit the Bronte Green Corporation development application page.


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Settlement Reached in OMB Case with Bronte Green

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 – for immediate release

Settlement Reached in OMB Case with Bronte Green

Almost 85 hectares of Merton Lands to be protected as natural heritage system

The town has reached a settlement with Bronte Green over its development proposal for 1401 Bronte Road that includes significant concessions from Bronte Green to respond to concerns raised by the town and the public. The revised plan represents a significant change from the original proposal for the property by protecting over 10 hectares of green space and addressing key environmental concerns over wildlife protection. This is 4.25 hectares more than the original plan. The settlement must still be approved by the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).

“The settlement reflects Council’s commitment to protect environmentally sensitive lands across Oakville,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton. “This was a victory for the town on every issue before the OMB. We have saved 80 per cent of the Merton Lands.”

The settlement permits Bronte Green to build a residential community with limited retail, and a mix of single family homes, townhouses and low-rise apartments located on Bronte Road. This proposed transit-friendly community will also include a school, parks and a trail system while preserving sensitive environmental lands that are critical habitat to endangered and other species of wildlife.

Bronte Green made significant changes to its original development proposal to reflect town and community concerns.

As a result of the settlement, Bronte Green will:

Dedicate a significant parcel of land to enhance the woodlands.
Create a high value habitat for species including snapping turtles.
Increase the size of the buffer around the natural features from 10 metres to 30 metres in order to better protect the natural heritage system from the impacts of development and to reduce flood and erosion impacts.
Construct storm water management systems which insure that there will be no additional risk of downstream flooding.
Remove the vehicular bridge previously proposed over the Fourteen Mile Creek which posed a threat to endangered species of fish.
Secure a permanent natural heritage linkage to Bronte Creek Provincial Park.
Reserve an elementary school site adjacent to a centrally located neighbourhood park.

The settlement has been endorsed by the Region of Halton, Conservation Authority and the Halton District School Board.

The OMB began hearing evidence on the settlement on Monday, November 14, 2016 and will continue to hear from other parties and participants on scheduled dates over the next two weeks.

For more information, please visit the Bronte Green Corporation – 1401 Bronte Road development application page.


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Settlement Reached in OMB Case with Bronte Green

Town to fight the development of the Saw-Whet Golf Course

Monday, April 13, 2015 – for immediate release

Town to fight the development of the Saw-Whet Golf Course

Development application from Bronte Green Corporation considered premature and not in the public interest

Town Council has directed staff to fight Bronte Green Corporation’s application to develop a new subdivision on the existing Saw-Whet Golf Course. Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) hearings on the application are scheduled to get underway on October 13, 2015, with the next pre-hearing scheduled for May 1, 2015. Bronte Green Corporation took its application to the OMB after the town did not consider the application within the timeframe specified in the Planning Act. The complexity of the required studies, and the developer’s delay in providing the required studies, led to significant delays in the overall process.

“Council cannot in good conscience consider a development application when all of the required studies are not yet complete,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “We are committed to taking an evidence-based approach to decision making, and we are confident that the OMB will agree that this is the right approach to take when we are making decisions that will impact our community for generations to come.”

Council also directed staff to schedule a public meeting to look at designating the publicly-owned lands within the study area with the appropriate natural heritage designation. This process would smooth the way for these lands to be considered as part of the ten year review of the provincial Greenbelt Plan.

The proposed Bronte Green application covers 55.1 hectares of land and proposes over 750 new residential units.


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