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

What’s happening at Town Hall – November 12 to 16, 2012

Friday, November 09, 2012 – for immediate release

What’s happening at Town Hall – November 12 to 16, 2012

Do you want to know what’s happening at Town Hall? Are you interested in participating in local government? Here’s a highlight of what’s happening November 12 to 16, 2012.

November 12

2013 Budget Committee 
Location: Town Hall, Council Chamber, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Discussion items
Overview of the 2013 Operating and Capital Budget
Harbours Mooring Slip rates
2013 Rates and Fees

Planning and Development Council 
Location: Town Hall, Council Chamber, 7–10 p.m.

Public hearing item
Public meeting for Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments for 1609514 Ontario Inc. (DUNPAR Developments Inc.) at 2158, 2168, 2180, 2192 Trafalgar Road

Discussion items
Old Bronte Road/Khalsa Gate Streetscape Plan – implementation
Recommendation report for proposed Zoning By-law Amendment for 112 Ulster Drive
Memorial Gardens Canada Limited – Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act application for 3164 Ninth Line
Merton (QEW-Bronte Road) Planning Study
Notice of intention to demolish 87 Dundas Street East outbuildings

November 13

Site Plan Committee 
Location: Town Hall, Trafalgar Room, 5–7 p.m.

Community Services Committee 
Location: Town Hall, Council Chamber, 7–10 p.m.

Consent Item
By-law 2012-098-a by-law to dedicate certain land as part of a public highway (parts 5 and 6, Plan 20R-9043-Lawson Street)

Discussion items
Oakville Wildlife Strategy – implementation status report
Optimizing and coordination of town and regional traffic signals
Administrative monetary penalties for parking

Administrative Services Committee
Location: Town Hall, Committee Rooms 1 and 2, 7–10 p.m.

Consent items
Acquisition of lands from Region of Halton for Palermo Fire Station – northeast corner of Bronte Road and Pine Glen Road
Expropriation of George Street laneway
Trafalgar Township Historical Society licence with Town of Oakville for 2431 Dundas Street West
Laneway off Church Street between Reynolds Street and Allan Street 
Donation of land, Block 117, Plan 20M-706 Woodridge Way (near Ravineview Way)

Discussion items
Tow truck licensing
Bronte Harbour Yacht Club licence agreement
Follow-up review of Fire Prevention and Public Education

November 15

2013 Budget Committee 
Location: Town Hall, Council Chamber, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Discussion items
Union and non-union negotiations update
2013 Budget – Commissioner presentations
Harbours business plan impacts – Result of draft agreements with clubs
Pilot results – Free transit for seniors
Banning smoking on town parkland
Emerald Ash Borer rebate for the treatment of private ash trees
2013 RBC Canadian Open event
2013 reporting requirements to comply with Municipal Act 2001, O.Reg. 284/09

November 16

Development Charges Steering Committee 
Location: Town Hall, Trafalgar Room, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Discussion item
2012 Development Charges background study and by-law

What’s Happening at Town Hall provides an overview of upcoming Town of Oakville meetings and other events. The public is welcome to attend these meetings. For agendas and copies of reports, please visit Agendas and Minutes. For more information and additional upcoming meetings, please visit the Council Calendar or News and Notices.

For more information

Kathy Patrick
Supervisor, Council and Committee Services
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 4235
kpatrick@oakville.ca


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What’s happening at Town Hall – October 3 to 7, 2011

Old Bronte Road public workshop
Location: St. Joseph’s Portuguese Roman Catholic Church, 2451 Old Bronte Road, 6 p.m. optional walk, 7 p.m. workshop

What’s Happening at Town Hall provides an overview of upcoming Town of Oakville meetings and other events. The public is welcome to attend these meetings. For agendas and copies of reports, please visit Agendas and Minutes. For more information and additional upcoming meetings, please visit the Council Calendar or Public Notices.

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