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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Oakville releases 2017 Budget documents

Staff recommends 1.83 per cent overall tax increase

On November 15, 2016, town staff presented Oakville’s proposed 2017 operating and capital budgets to the Budget Committee, achieving Council’s direction to keep the total property tax increase in line with inflation. Town staff recommended a 2.8 per cent increase to the town’s portion of the tax bill for an overall property tax increase of 1.83 per cent when combined with the estimated regional and educational tax levy. The proposed increase would see residential property taxes increase by $15.14 per $100,000 of assessment meaning that the owner of a home assessed at $700,000 would pay an additional $105.98 per year or $2.04 per week.

“The draft budget is consistent with Council’s commitment to keep property taxes in line with inflation,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “It provides the funds necessary to enhance the town’s infrastructure and deliver the high-quality services our residents expect, while keeping our financial future strong, stable and healthy.”

In the town’s Draft 2017 Operating Budget, staff is recommending a $308.5 million operating budget to provide a wide range of programs and services including maintenance of roads and community facilities, fire services, transit, parks and trails, recreation and culture, senior services, libraries, and a host of other important services.

Some program enhancements recommended for 2017 include improvements to by-law enforcement, traffic calming measures, and implementation of changes to the private tree by-law to strengthen tree protection.

The Budget Committee reviewed the town’s Draft 2017 Capital Budget which sees $122.8 million of funding in 2017 and just over $1 billion for capital requirements over a 10-year period with a focus on transportation, infrastructure renewal and other elements related to growth. Significant capital projects for 2017 include redevelopment of the Oakville Arena and Trafalgar Park community centre, demolition of the former Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital in preparation for the new Southeast Oakville community centre, reconstruction of the bridge at Lakeshore Road at Sixteen Mile Creek, road resurfacing projects across Oakville, and Phase 2 of the LED Streetlight Conversion Project.

In addition, every year as part of the annual budget process, the Budget Committee reviews the town’s rates and fees charged for programs and services offered to the community as well as the estimated costs of administering and enforcing the Building Code Act and the Planning Act. These programs and services include transit fares and fees for recreational and cultural programs. The majority of the proposed changes to the 2017 Rates and Fees are in line with inflation.

“Council continues to work to build fiscally responsible budgets that make strategic investments in our community, while maintaining services for our residents. Our decisions will be made in the context of keeping overall tax increases in line with inflation,” Budget Committee Chair Tom Adams said. “The Budget Committee will be reviewing the budget over the next few weeks before making a recommendation for Council consideration on December 12, 2016. I encourage residents to get involved by providing feedback to us on the proposed budget during our open and public process.”

Councillor Adams also noted some residents have raised concerns that the rising value in their home’s assessment may increase their property taxes. Adams explained that taxes don’t automatically go up just because the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) property assessment went up.

“The town does not collect any additional property tax revenue as a result of assessment increases,” Adams said. “Overall tax rates are reduced to compensate for the increased assessment values. Oakville saw a 30 per cent average assessment increase. If your assessment increase was below 30 per cent, you will get a reduction in property taxes due to the assessment change. If your assessment change was over 30 per cent, you will see an increase due to the change in property assessment phased in over four years.”

Customized key performance indicators now available

To coincide with the 2017 Budget process, the town is also launching a new, customized Livable Oakville Performance Dashboard which features 29 unique measures in eight categories: good government, environmental leadership, economic growth, fiscal sustainability, outstanding service, community well-being, getting around and public safety.

The town’s key performance indicators (KPIs) were first created in 2008 as part of program-based, performance-based budgeting (PB2), with results reported to Council on a yearly basis. The new dashboard takes key KPIs and translates them into an interactive and visual format, giving residents an easy-to-access snapshot of the town’s progress towards achieving our vision to be the most livable town in Canada.

“Measuring outcomes and monitoring progress is key to achieving Council’s strategic goals,” Mayor Burton said. “By making it easier to measure Council’s successes we are working to strengthen our commitment to accountability and transparency.”

Residents can review the dashboard by visiting the Livable Oakville Performance Dashboard page.

Budget process ongoing

The final recommended budget will go forward to Council for approval on December 12, 2016. The public is encouraged to get involved through the following opportunities:

Budget Open Houses

Saturday, November 19 at Glen Abbey Community Centre from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Monday, November 21 at Central Library from 7 to 8 p.m.

Budget Committee and Council Meetings

Commission presentations on November 17 at 1 p.m.
Public delegations to the Budget Committee on November 22 at 9:30 a.m. and November 24 at 7 p.m.
Budget Committee deliberations and recommendations to Council on December 6 at 9:30 a.m.
Final approval of the 2017 Budget by Town Council on December 12 at 7 p.m.

All meetings take place in Council Chamber at Town Hall, located at 1225 Trafalgar Road. Residents can also watch meetings via live stream on the town’s YouTube channel.

Visit the 2017 Budget page for more information.


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Ontario Reviewing the New Home Warranty Regime

The Government of Ontario is currently undertaking a review of the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act and the Tarion Warranty Corporation. Lead by special advisor, the Honourable J. Douglas Cunningham, the review of existing legislation and regulations will help identify ways to better protect consumers buying new homes in Ontario.

The review will make recommendations regarding:

-Consumer protection

-Accountability and transparency

-Board governance

The public and industry stakeholders are invited to participate in the consultation process during April and May. It is expected that the review will conclude at the end of the June.

For more information, please visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/consumer-protection-owners-new-homes

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Town of Oakville and CUPE Local 1329 settle new collective agreement

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 – for immediate release

Town of Oakville and CUPE Local 1329 settle new collective agreement

The Town of Oakville and CUPE Local 1329 (the town’s inside workers) have concluded their bargaining on a three-year agreement. A memorandum of agreement was signed on March 15, 2016 and was ratified by the union and Council at the April 4, 2016 Council meeting.

In keeping with the current economic climate and within the approved budget for 2016, the new collective agreement provides members with wage increases of 1.5 per cent in each of the three years. The agreement is in effect from February 16, 2016 to February 15, 2019 and also provides members with two personal days in each of the three years. CUPE Local 1329 represents 309 employees who provide clerical, technical and professional support to the corporation.

To view the staff report, review the April 4, 2016 Council agenda.


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How much do you know about condos?

Condominiums are a system of land ownership where an individual owner holds title to a specific unit and owns a share of common property, referred to as common elements. Condominiums are found in rural and urban markets, can be broadly grouped into two types (leasehold or freehold), and come in many shapes and forms to meet diverse lifestyles. In other words, trading in these types of properties is complex.

The Residential Real Estate Transaction course contains a section on residential condominiums. Take the following True-False quiz to determine if you are prepared to represent condominium buyers and sellers. Answers will be provided in next week’s blog.

1. Condominium monthly maintenance fees always include expenses such as building insurance, heat, and hydro. TRUE / FALSE

2. A Status Certificate is a document that can be provided by the property manager of a condominium, and the document only confirms that the seller is a resident owner in the condominium. TRUE / FALSE

3. Rules cannot be made, amended, or repealed by the Board of Directors without holding a general meeting of owners. TRUE / FALSE

4. The floor level and exposure of a condominium unit can have a major impact on the monthly maintenance fee paid by the unit. TRUE / FALSE

5. The balcony of a condominium unit is described as a common element. TRUE / FALSE

6. The money in a reserve fund can be used to pay for major repairs and replacement of common elements. TRUE / FALSE

7. Condominium unit owners need the approval from the Board of Directors for a major renovation to their units. TRUE / FALSE

8. A phased condominium is a condominium corporation that allows the declarant to create additional units within the corporation. TRUE / FALSE

9. Bylaws can be amended by a vote of at least 33 per cent of the unit holders in a condominium. TRUE / FALSE

10. The Board of Directors usually carries out the day-to-day duties of a condominium corporation such as collecting the maintenance fees and paying the condominium expenses. TRUE / FALSE

 

Reference:

Ontario Real Estate Association and Acronamic Learning Systems Inc. (2014). Real estate as a professional career. Don Mills, ON: MediaLinx Printing Group.

 

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What’s happening at Town Hall – September 21 to 25, 2015

Friday, September 18, 2015 – for immediate release

What’s happening at Town Hall – September 21 to 25, 2015

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 September 21 to 25, 2015.

September 21

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

Standing committee reports
Administrative Services Committee — September 14, 2015
Community Services Committee — September 14, 2015

Discussion items
Oakville Enterprises Corporation quarterly report and authorization request
Support for the memorial monument for the 150th anniversary of the Lorne Scots Regiment
Halton Catholic District School Board disposition of real property in Oakville
Federal election — 2015 Council meeting schedule
Integrity Officer inquiry request

New business
Interim Radiocommunications Facilities protocol (Suncor Refinery)

September 22

Heritage Oakville Advisory Committee
Location: Town Hall, Trafalgar Room, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

September 24

Oakville Public Library Board
Location: Town Hall, Trafalgar Room, 7 p.m.–10 p.m.

What’s happening at Town Hall provides an overview of upcoming Town of Oakville meetings, important agenda items and other town events. The public is welcome to attend these meetings. For agendas and copies of reports, please visit the agendas and minutes page. For more information and additional upcoming meetings, please visit the Council calendar or news and notices page.


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What’s happening at Town Hall — June 15 to 19, 2015

Friday, June 12, 2015 – for immediate release

What’s happening at Town Hall — June 15 to 19, 2015

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 June 15 to June 20, 2015.

June 15

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

Consent items
Assumption of Subdivision Plan 20M-930 – Upper Glen Abbey Greens Phase 2, By-law 2015-057, West of Bronte Road, South of Dundas Street
Subdivision Agreement – Davis Minardi 2A (North), South of Burnhamthorpe Road West, West of Neyagawa Boulevard

Public hearing items
Public meeting and recommendation report – Zoning By-law amendment, First Gulf Corporation, 610 Chartwell Road (formerly 514 South Service Road East) Z1611.16 – By-law 2015-070 and By-law 2015-076
Public meeting and recommendation report – town-initiated Official Plan amendment, Natural Heritage System Partial Expansion, Fourteen Mile Creek Valley, File No. 42.24.015, By-law 2015-069

Discussion items
42 Lakeshore Road West update
Notice of intention to demolish – 149 Balsam Drive

Advisory Committee minutes
Heritage Oakville Advisory Committee (May 26, 2015)

June 16

Open house – Employment and Commercial review 
Location: Sixteen Mile Sports Complex, Community Room 1, 6–8 p.m.

June 17

Property Standards Committee 
Location: Town Hall, Bronte Room, 2–4:30 p.m.

EAB open house 
Location: Sixteen Mile Sports Complex, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

June 19

Appeals Committee
Location: Town Hall, Bronte Room, 10–11:30 a.m.

June 20

Advance voting for Ward 6 Oakville Municipal By-election 
Locations:

Iroquois Ridge Community Centre, 1051 Glenashton Drive, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Town Hall, 1225 Trafalgar Road, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

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 the agendas and minutes page. For more information and additional upcoming meetings, please visit the Council calendar or news and notices page.

For more information

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


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OREA applauds bi-partisan support for Tax Fairness for Realtors Act

The Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) applauds the re-introduction of legislation which will bring fairness to the tax treatment of Ontario REALTORS®.

Introduced by Prince Edward–Hastings MPP Todd Smith, the Tax Fairness for Realtors Act, 2015 will allow real estate salespeople to use personal corporations. The bill is being co-sponsored by Liberal MPP Mike Colle (Eglinton-Lawrence).

OREA is urging its 60,000 members to visit www.orea.com/cfa to send an email to their MPP in support of the Tax Fairness bill.

The Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002 (REBBA), prevents real estate salespeople from operating their business through a personal real estate corporation (PREC). 

Other regulated professions in Ontario, including chartered accountants, lawyers, health professionals, social workers, mortgage brokers, insurance agents, architects and engineers, can all form personal corporations. Since 2008, British Columbia, Québec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Nova Scotia have moved to allow real estate salespeople to incorporate.

PRECs will not cost the provincial treasury revenue and will produce a modest economic benefit. A recent study by the Centre for Spatial Economics (C4SE), found that PRECs would have a positive impact on provincial tax revenue and the economy. Specifically, C4SE’s report found that PRECs would:

Create between 33-89 net new jobs annually;
Increase provincial tax revenue by an annual average of $0.8 million to $2 million; and,
Contribute between $9 to $25 million annually to Ontario’s GDP.

The ability to incorporate would allow a REALTOR®, depending on their level of business income, to save money on their income tax by taking advantage of the lower corporate tax rate. Money saved on taxable income is typically reinvested in the corporation.

To send an email to your MPP in support of the Tax Fairness for Realtors Act visit www.orea.com/cfa.

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What’s happening at Town Hall — January 12 to 16, 2015

Friday, January 09, 2015 – for immediate release

What’s happening at Town Hall — January 12 to 16, 2015

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 January 12 to 16, 2015.

January 12

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

Consent items
Assumption of Plan 20M-1038, Foxfarm Phase 2, 24T-04007 – By-law 2015-003
Subdivision Agreement -1319284 Ontario Inc (Dunpar) Trafalgar Road, 24T-12006
Public hearing item
Public Meeting Report – Zoning By-law Amendment, First Gulf Corporation – Z.1611.16, South Service Road East

Discussion items
Kerr Village Community Improvement Plan – Building Façade Improvement Grant Program – 2014 Monitoring Report
Recommendation Report, Zoning By-law Amendment, Willowbay Rikmar (Ballantry Homes), 2390 Khalsa Gate, File No. Z.1431.15, By-law 2015-005 and 2015-006

Advisory Committee reports
Heritage Oakville Advisory Committee (December 16, 2014)

January 13

Site Plan Committee
Location: Town Hall, Oakville and Trafalgar Rooms, 5 – 7 p.m.

January 15

Oakville Public Library Board Meeting
Location: Town Hall, Trafalgar Room, 7 – 10 p.m.

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 the agendas and minutes page. For more information and additional upcoming meetings, please visit the Council calendar or news and notices page.

For more information

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


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What REALTORS® need to know about Tarion

The Tarion Warranty Corporation regulates the new home industry in Ontario. Tarion administers the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act, licenses new home builders, and helps protect Ontario home buyers’ warranty rights.

Quick Facts

Did you know?

Builders in Ontario must register all new construction (e.g. freeholds and condos).
New homes come with a 7 year warranty that stays with the home even if it changes owners in the same period.

To learn more about what REALTORS® need to know about Tarion please visit www.tarion.com or watch What REALTORS® Need to Know About Tarion.

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