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

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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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Ontario Government One Step Closer to Doubling of Land Transfer Taxes

The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has indicated that they are going to make buying a home even harder by giving every municipality province-wide the power to charge a Municipal Land Transfer Tax (MLTT), a change that will double the land transfer taxes consumers have to pay on their next home. The Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) encourages all Ontarians to visit www.donttaxmydream.ca to learn more about the negative impact of the MLTT and stop this tax from spreading province-wide.

“Ontario home buyers are already charged a provincial land transfer tax, so by adding a municipal tax, they’re essentially doubling the tax burden on Ontario families,” said Patricia Verge, president of OREA. “If the Ontario Liberals follow through with this plan, home buyers will be forced to pay $10,000 in total land transfer taxes on the average priced home in Ontario, starting as early as next year.”

Broken election commitment doubles tax on home buyers

The provincial government is currently undertaking a public consultation on changes to theMunicipal Act. Despite the fact that the period for public comment is still open until October 31, 2015, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has indicated that they will move ahead with granting municipalities across the province the ability to impose a municipal land transfer tax, disregarding views expressed by Ontarians during this important public process.

Verge said that, “The Ontario Liberals wrote to us in May 2014, during the election, stating that ‘they had no plans to extend these powers to municipalities’. On behalf of home buyers, we want them to remain good on this election promise and that means Ontarians need to send a strong message that the government must rethink its plan to double the land transfer tax burden on home buyers.”

In 2008, the City of Toronto put an MLTT in place after the Ontario government extended the powers to do so two years prior. The result has been significant negative impacts on jobs and the economy. Over five years, it is estimated that 38,227 housing transactions did not occur in Toronto because of the MLTT. With every home transaction generating $55,000 in consumer spending on things like renovations, furniture, appliances, and fees to professionals, the MLTT has cost the City of Toronto $2.3 billion in lost economic activity and 15,000 jobs. This type of effect would be multiplied across Ontario if the government moves ahead with its plans.

New data from Ipsos Reid show Ontarians do not support new tax

A new Ipsos Reid poll shows that the overwhelming majority of Ontarians (89 per cent) outside of Toronto oppose a new MLTT charged on home purchases in their area. Respondents agreed that if a new land transfer tax were put in place, it would limit their ability to afford a home (77 per cent) and they would likely have to delay a purchase (75 per cent). Ontarians agreed (77 per cent) that the government should do all it can to help families own their own home.

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Meet RECO’s New CEO, Ms. Kate Murray

This past September, the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) named Kate Murray as their new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Ms. Murray comes to RECO with extensive experience in the public sector. Her career in the Ontario Public Service spans 26 year, most recently serving as Assistant Deputy Minister of Central Services for ServiceOntario.

In addition, Ms. Murray has held the statutory appointment of Director of Title under Ontario land legislation for over 20 years. In her role, she was critical to the digitalization of the land registration system. She was also instrumental in implementing initiatives to protect consumers against real estate fraud.

OREA is proud to work with RECO to promote a fair, safe and informed real estate marketplace. OREA has a great working relationship with all RECO staff and we look forward to continuing this spirit of collaboration with Ms. Murray.

On behalf of Ontario’s 60,000 members, we would like to wish Ms. Murray a most sincere REALTOR® welcome.

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Are you registered to vote in this fall’s municipal election?

Thursday, June 19, 2014 – for immediate release

Are you registered to vote in this fall’s municipal election?

Voter Lookup online tool makes it easy to check if you are on the voters’ list

On Monday, October 27, 2014, Oakville residents will be heading out to the cast their vote for the municipal election. You can vote in the municipal election if you are a Canadian Citizen, at least 18 years old, a resident of the Town of Oakville or a non-resident owner or tenant of land in the Town of Oakville, or their spouse. Being on the Town of Oakville’s voters’ list ensures that you will receive a Voter Information Notice that will tell you when and where to vote.

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) creates a preliminary voters’ list that will be provided to municipalities later this summer to be used to create a final voters’ list. Residents can take advantage of MPAC’s new online Voter Lookup tool to quickly confirm and/or update the accuracy of their information on the preliminary voters’ list.

To find out if your name is on the preliminary voters’ list, or to add your name, go to the Voter Lookup website or call the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) toll free at 1-866-296-MPAC (6722) or use the TTY line at 1-877-889-MPAC (6722), Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

For more information on the Oakville 2014 municipal election visit the 2014 Election website.


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Are You Prepared?

Having completed the pre-registration segment, having registered with RECO, and having lined up a buyer or seller, do you now wonder “What do I do next?” Are you prepared to represent the buyer or seller?

Although OREA Real Estate College incorporates real-world examples of trading in real estate in classroom, correspondence, and online instruction, the real world with real clients may still feel foreign for some of you, especially if you do not have much experience. If such is the case, you may want to consider enrolling in Being Prepared to Represent the Buyer or Seller, an online continuing education course offered by OREA Real Estate College.

There are several things to take into account when representing a buyer or seller, such as what needs to be considered when establishing a sale price for a seller client, what questions to ask when scoping a neighbourhood, why knowing about developments and demolitions is important, and what amenities should be considered.

What else should you know when preparing to represent a buyer or seller client?

• the land registration systems in Ontario

• the boundaries and maintenance obligations with your client’s property

• issues relating to the property line, fences, trees, and branches

• the 12 questions your client may ask so you can better determine the market value of the area in which your client is interested

• the proper way to research a neighborhood (e.g., by walking it at different times, speaking to the neighbours)

• when to refer clients to the appropriate professional (e.g., mortgage brokers, lawyers, planners, financial advisers, home inspectors) to be better able to serve them

‘Click and Pick’ Extended 

The College has extended the ‘Click and Pick’ promotion on continuing education courses to May 31, 2014. As before, students and members can take as many courses as they want for $15 + HST (per order). Students will have access to courses until July 31, 2015. Please note: returning customers to this offer will be charged $15 per order.

For more information, go to http://bit.ly/14eFqPo.

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Town Council is accountable and transparent

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 – for immediate release

Town Council is accountable and transparent

Oakville Council receives second annual Closed Meeting Statistics Report

Oakville Town Council received its second annual Closed Meeting Statistics Report from the Clerk’s department at Monday’s Council meeting and found that the amount of time spent in closed sessions was reduced by half from the previous year. The report showed that Town Council spent three per cent of its time in closed sessions. The Clerk’s report also notes that Council’s reasons for holding closed sessions met all of the requirements under the Municipal Act, 2001 (the Act).

“A hallmark of this Council is being publicly accountable to Oakville residents,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “This past year we were successful in minimizing closed meetings and maximizing transparency. By openly providing our residents with the facts that guide our decisions at Council, we ensure that Oakville residents are well informed and able to collaborate with Council on the issues that matter most to them.”

All meetings of Council, committees and local boards must be open to the public unless they meet a narrow list of exceptions set out in the Act. Exceptions include litigation or potential litigation, advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land, and labour relations or employee negotiations. Only seven items were not reported out to the public in 2013 as they dealt with the above matters.

Prior to proceeding into a closed meeting session, Council must pass a resolution authorizing a closed session and identifying the general nature of the matter to be considered. After the session is complete, a public report is provided or a resolution is passed regarding the confidential matter.

For 2013, Council was able to approve resolutions without the need for further clarification or discussion in closed sessions. Public reports were issued with confidential appendices where possible in an effort to increase transparency. This provided the public with a general overview of the matter under consideration while still protecting the interests of the municipality and taxpayers.

Closed meeting statistics are provided to Council on an annual basis to ensure continued attention to transparency and accountability at the town.

Council and committee meeting dates, agendas and staff reports are available on the town’s website. Live and recorded coverage of Town Council, Planning Council and Budget committee meetings are also available.

Media contact:

Vicki Tytaneck
Acting Town Clerk
Town of Oakville
905-815-2003
vtytaneck@oakville.ca

Lesley Patel 
Communications Advisor 
Town of Oakville 
905-845-6601, ext. 3567 
lpatel@oakville.ca


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What’s happening at Town Hall – May 24 to 27, 2011

Friday, May 20, 2011 – for immediate release

What’s happening at Town Hall – May 24 to 27, 2011

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 May 24 to 27, 2011.

May 14

Heritage Oakville Advisory Committee
Location: Town Hall, Committee Room 2, 9:30 a.m.–noon

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

Public hearing item
Recommendation report for proposed zoning by-law amendment for a seven-storey retirement home/relocated church on Dundas St. W.

Discussion items
Notice of intention to demolish – 376 Douglas Ave.
Economic Development 2010 Annual Report

Committee of Adjustment
Location: Town Hall, Committee Room 1, 7–10 p.m.

May 25

Administrative Services Committee
Location: Town Hall, Committee Room 2, 7–10 p.m.

Consent item
Progress report and financial results for March 31, 2011

Discussion items
Sublease to Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation – 1148 Winston Churchill Boulevard
Woodington Lane private sewage pump station
Policy and procedure update report
Ward boundary review

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

Discussion items
Sale of land to regional municipality of Halton for Dundas St. E. widening
2010 Creek Erosion Inventory and Assessment study

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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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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Committee of Adjustment denies power plant applications in support of town’s interim control by-law

March 10, 2010 – For immediate release
The Town of Oakville’s Committee of Adjustment issued a decision last night that denied applications by Ford Motor Company of Canada and by TransCanada Energy Limited to convey the lands at 1500 Royal Windsor Drive for the purposes of constructing a proposed 900 megawatt power generating plant and to permit variances to the town’s zoning by-law. This decision upholds the town’s interim control by-law prohibiting a power plant with a generating capacity greater than or equal to 10 megawatts from being built in Oakville until the town completes its planning studies.

“The Committee of Adjustment has made a decision that is good news for our residents,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Our interim control by-law was passed for the benefit of our community to provide the town and our residents with the opportunity to fully study and address the potential environmental, land use, air quality and public safety impacts any proposed power plant could have on our town. To move ahead and approve the applications would have been premature pending the completion of that study.”

At the beginning of the meeting the committee was asked by TransCanada to defer its application for minor variance in order to complete studies as requested by staff. The committee did not grant the request and heard both Ford and TransCanada’s applications consecutively.

One application was for consent to convey a 5.51 ha parcel of land to allow for the construction of a proposed 900 megawatt power generating plant. The minor variance application sought relief from the town’s zoning by-law to reduce the minimum rear yard setback abutting the CN Rail Line from 15 meters to 7.5 meters, and reduce the required number of parking spaces from 214 spaces to 24 spaces. Both applications were evaluated in the context of the existing interim control by-law, the criteria under the Planning Act, the Town of Oakville Official Plan and Livable Oakville.

Planning staff noted in its report to the Committee of Adjustment that the proposed consent and variance applications did not meet the tests and requirements of the Planning Act for such applications. The committee heard from the town and from several community members, all of whom did not support the applications. In its decision to deny the applications the committee clearly stated the importance of evaluating the suitability of the land for the use proposed.

“Until such time as appropriate policies and regulations have been developed to deal specifically with the regulation of power generation facilities, it is premature to determine the suitability of the land for this use,” added Jane Clohecy, commissioner, Planning and Development.

The decision of the Committee of Adjustment can be appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board.

On March 30, 2009, the town passed Interim Control By-Law 2009-065 to provide the town with sufficient time to do planning studies to formulate appropriate policies and zoning rules before any power plant over 10 megawatts could be located in the Town of Oakville. Staff will be reporting back to Council on this matter later this month.

The Committee of Adjustment considers applications for minor variances from the zoning by-law, applications for land division (consent to sever land), and variances to the fence by-law, and any other specified by Council that implements the official plan. It is the responsibility of the secretary-treasurer and deputy secretary-treasurer to accept all applications for processing upon submission by the applicant.

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For more information:

Dana Anderson
Director of Planning Services
Town of Oakville
905-815-6020
danderson@oakville.ca

Gisèle Shaw
Manager, Corporate Communications
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3166
gshaw@oakville.ca


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