OMB rules ClubLink’s development application for Glen Abbey complete

Thursday, June 22, 2017 – for immediate release

OMB rules ClubLink’s development application for Glen Abbey complete

Town must begin application review process despite Interim Control By-law remaining in effect

One month after the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) decided that the town’s Interim Control By-law (ICBL) and its one year extension were appropriate and necessary to understand the implications of ClubLink’s proposed development at Glen Abbey, the OMB has decided on a separate motion that the Glen Abbey development application is complete as of the date of the Board’s Decision on June 7, 2017. Under the Planning Act, the town now has 120 days to consider and decide on the merits of the application for rezoning (October 5, 2017), and 180 days to consider and decide on the merits of the application for an official plan amendment (December 4, 2017) to permit the complete redevelopment of the Golf Course. If the town does not make a decision within this timeframe, ClubLink would be in a position to appeal its applications directly to the OMB for decision.

“Council is very disappointed that less than one month after a decision that recognized that the town’s comprehensive planning studies underway were valid and necessary given the magnitude of the Glen Abbey proposal, another Board decision says that we must accept development applications for processing,” Mayor Burton said. “No doubt our residents are confused by this decision, but the town will move forward to review the application within the timelines established under the Planning Act.”

Jane Clohecy, commissioner, Community Development noted that the town is still moving forward on the next steps required to implement the cultural heritage landscape assessments and urban structure review planning studies that were approved by Council on May 15, 2017 and June 12, 2017 respectively.

“While the town is disappointed with this latest decision, it does not change the fact that the town’s ICBL remains in place, and no substantive changes to the land use at Glen Abbey property can take place before the town’s planning studies have been completed,” Clohecy noted. “We fully anticipate using the results of the planning studies underway to assess the merits of the proposed redevelopment of the lands.”

ClubLink’s development proposal will now be reviewed through the town’s development review process in order to make a recommendation to Council within the Planning Act timelines. This process includes public notice and feedback on the applications:

ClubLink’s development application is now posted to the town’s website so that members of the public may register for official notices and provide feedback.
Signs will be posted on the perimeter of the golf course site shortly indicating that a development proposal has been submitted to the town.
A public information meeting will held in mid-July to help explain the application and to receive public comments.
A report outlining the staff recommendation to Council will be posted on the website prior to the application being considered by Council for review by the public.
Members of the public may provide feedback in writing or in person any time before a final decision is made by the Planning and Development Council.

For more information, visit our Interim Control By-law and Glen Abbey Development Planning Studies pages.


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Council hears update on Glen Abbey Golf Course

Appeal of the town’s interim control by-law set to begin on January 30, 2017

Mayor Rob Burton convened a special meeting of Council on January 23, 2017, for Council and the public to receive an update from Planning and Legal staff on current matters related to the Glen Abbey Golf Course. Key issues discussed included the upcoming January 30, 2017 Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) hearing on Clublink’s appeal of the town’s interim control by-law, an update on key town studies underway, as well as the status of the proposed development application submitted by ClubLink on November 10, 2016.

“We need to build a shared understanding with the community of the complex issues surrounding the future of the Glen Abbey Golf Course site,” Mayor Burton said. “While the status of the town’s interim control by-law will be determined at the OMB, the town is still moving forward with the studies that will help us to better understand this property. We look forward to hearing from the public, the applicant and community stakeholders when these studies are brought forward to Council later this spring.”

The three studies that the town proposed to complete during the timeframe provided by the interim control by-law are:

An Urban Structure Review
A Land Use Economic and Impact Analysis Study, and
A Cultural Heritage Landscape Assessment of Glen Abbey Golf Course

Staff indicated that good progress is being made on all studies and that the draft results are expected to be presented to Council during spring 2017. It is anticipated that the implementation of the studies may then require further official plan and zoning by-law amendments and/or other implementation tools.

The town’s Director of Planning, Mark Simeoni, also updated Council on the status of ClubLink’s November 10, 2016 submission for an Official Plan amendment, a Zoning By-law amendment and a Plan of Subdivision to permit redevelopment of the Glen Abbey Golf Course property including 3,200 residential units, 121,000 square feet of new office and retail space and 32.47 hectares of natural heritage system.

Mr. Simeoni noted that the town had determined that the application was incomplete given it did not contain all of the information required by the town and ClubLink was advised of this decision on December 8, 2016. As a result, on December 12, 2016, ClubLink requested that the OMB hear a motion to determine the completeness of their application. The OMB has not yet set a date for the hearing of this motion.

Members of Council sought clarification from staff on the differences between the Glen Abbey and Saw Whet golf courses within the Livable Oakville Official Plan. Commissioner of Community Development Jane Clohecy noted that the site-specific Official Plan policies designating Saw Whet as an area of potential future growth do not exist for Glen Abbey.

“We appreciate the clarification from staff on the differences between Glen Abbey and Saw Whet within Oakville’s Official Plan,” said Mayor Burton. “All of this information is critical to understanding the process and purpose behind the three studies staff are currently undertaking.”

Mayor Burton went on to remind the audience that under the provincial Planning Act, members of Council cannot take a position on an application until all of the relevant information is presented to Council.

Town Solicitor Doug Carr further noted that the upcoming January 30, 2017 OMB hearing will only be considering issues related to ClubLink’s appeal of the town’s interim control by-law (2016-024) that was passed on February 1, 2016, and the one year by-law extension (2016-115) that was passed on November 1, 2016. The hearing will take place in the Trafalgar Room at Town Hall and members of the public are welcome to attend. Only those individuals and groups already registered as parties or participants may speak at the hearing.

For updates and background information on all of the issues related to Glen Abbey, or to review the January 23, 2017, meeting, visit the town’s Glen Abbey Information page.


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Town of Oakville wins planning award

Oakville’s inZone project recognized for excellence in planning

On November 5, 2015, the Town of Oakville was presented with an Ontario Professional Planners Institute’s (OPPI) Excellence in Planning award at a ceremony held at Queen’s Park in Toronto. The town was recognized in the category of Municipal Statutory Planning Studies for their highly regarded inZone project, which helped guide the review and development of the town’s new zoning by-law. The town’s Joe Nethery, manager, Zoning By-law Project accepted the award.

“The inZone project resulted in a clear, concise, and user-friendly by-law that will help maintain and shape the charming nature and characteristics of our town,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “This award recognizes what can be achieved as we continue to work together to create Canada’s most livable town.”

The end result of the inZone project was Council’s unanimous passing of the town’s new Zoning By-law 2014-014. The by-law provides new zoning permissions and regulations expressed in the town’s official plan, and sets out the rules for what, where and how buildings can be constructed in Oakville. The inZone project implemented several significant improvements for public consultation, customer service, and information management related to land use regulation in Ontario.

Oakville’s inZone has been recognized by other municipalities, who seek to emulate the project in their zoning reviews.

“Zoning reviews are extremely technical processes. They rarely inspire great participation or recognition outside the project team. Oakville’s inZone project achieved both, and has shown how municipalities in Ontario and further afield can meaningfully engage a broad demographic and identify and implement process improvements,” said Mark Simeoni, director of Planning Services at the town.

The Excellence in Planning Awards recognize innovation, creativity, professionalism, problem-solving, and communications. Award recipients represent the best of the best in community planning across the province.

Oakville has been further recognized by the OPPI, who have asked town staff to sit on their Best Zoning By-laws of 2015 panel at their annual conference in Toronto.

About OPPI

The Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) is the recognized voice of the province’s planning profession. The institute’s more than 4,000 members work in government, private practice, universities, and not-for-profit agencies in the fields of urban and rural development, community design, environmental planning, transportation, health, social services, heritage conservation, housing, and economic development. Members meet quality practice requirements and are accountable to OPPI and the public to practice ethically and to abide by a Professional Code of Practice. Only full members are authorized by the Ontario Professional Planners Institute Act, 1994, to use the title Registered Professional Planner (RPP).


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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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Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study sets way for a refreshed and revitalized downtown

Thursday, March 12, 2015 – for immediate release

Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study sets way for a refreshed and revitalized downtown

Discussions continue at April Planning and Development Council meeting

At Tuesday’s Planning and Development Council meeting, the final staff report on the Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study (DTS) invited much discussion from Council and delegates on the many opportunities to renew and revive the downtown. Given the significant interest in this project, Council agreed to defer the item to the April Planning and Development meeting to allow the public more time to make presentations before Council makes a decision on the DTS study.

“Council’s focus is to ensure that Oakville continues to have an attractive, vibrant and economically-stable downtown,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “We truly value the input from our residents and business owners — this input ensures the revitalization of the downtown streetscape embodies Oakville’s livability.”

Outlined in the report, staff made recommendations for a master plan that addresses all the streets within the downtown study area, including a preferred option for the reconstruction of Lakeshore Road East. The recommendations included wider boulevards, better accessibility for all, an on-street cycling network, improvements to street tree planting, streetscape furnishings and material concept, and conversions from one-way to two-way streets.

“Public consultation has been critical in the development of the DTS options over the last year; and we’re not done,” said Jane Clohecy, commissioner of Community Development. “Throughout the engineering design phase, we’ll be going back to the public to ask for their feedback on furnishings and street materials, and we’ll be having conversations on how to minimize the construction impact on downtown businesses, residents and visitors.”

The April Planning and Development meeting will be another opportunity for residents and business owners to address Council on the DTS study. The staff report and full study reports and appendix are available on the town’s website. Hard copies of the report and appendix are also available at Town Hall and at all Oakville Public Library branches.

Also on the April agenda will be an update report on the Downtown Cultural Hub and a Parking Garage Feasibility Study, which is available on the Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study page.

The Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study started in late 2013 with two mandates:

To address the need to rebuild Lakeshore Road East
To address key strategies laid out in the 2010 Downtown Oakville Strategic Action Plan, in particular: transportation access, mobility and safety, and urban design direction for the streetscape and Towne Square.


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What’s happening at Town Hall – April 14 to 18, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014 – for immediate release

What’s happening at Town Hall – April 14 to 18, 2014

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 April 14 to 18, 2014.

April 14

Drop-in open house and statutory public meeting for Merton Planning Study
Location: Town Hall, South Atrium, 5 to 7 p.m.

Planning and Development Council (addendum)
Location: Town Hall, Council Chamber, 7 to 10 p.m.

Public hearing items:
Merton Planning Study – Official Plan Amendment
Supplementary Information re: Merton Planning Study (Addendum)
Public Meeting Report, Official Plan Amendment (Livable Oakville) to Coordinate the Urban Design Policies (Section 6) with the New Livable by Design Manual (Part A)

April 15

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

Committee of Adjustment 
Location: Town Hall, Council Chamber, 7 to 10 p.m.

April 16

Special Planning and Development Council (addendum)
Location: Town Hall, Council Chamber, 7 to 10 p.m.

Public hearing items:
Public Hearing – Zoning By-law Amendment Dundas-Trafalgar Inc. (File Z.1312.07) – 3075 Trafalgar Road
Public Hearing – Zoning By-law Amendment and Plan of Subdivision – King’s Christian Collegiate (File Z.1320.07 and 24T-14003/1320) and Davis-Minardi Home Corporation (Z.1305.20) – 528 Burnhamthorpe Road West
Public Meeting Report – Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment & Draft Plan of Subdivision, Pendent Developments Ltd. & Lower Fourth Development Ltd., Files: Z.1318.03, 24T-14001

Discussion items:
Recommendation Report – Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment – Garden Drive Townes Inc.113-131 Garden Drive – File No.: Z.1617.41, By-laws: 2014-035 and 2014-036
Economic Development 2013 Annual Report

Advisory Committee Minutes
Heritage Oakville Advisory Committee (April 1, 2014)

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
kpatrick@oakville.ca


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Town announces building improvement grant for Kerr Village

Tuesday, March 04, 2014 – for immediate release

Town announces building improvement grant for Kerr Village

Pilot project set to revitalize building exteriors in the area

On January 13, 2014, Town Council approved a pilot Community Improvement Plan to support the revitalization of Kerr Village. The plan includes a Building Façade Improvement Grant to provide property owners and tenants within the Kerr Village area with financial assistance to improve the exterior appearance of buildings and storefronts.

“This is a very exciting time for Kerr Village and for Oakville,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Community improvement plans allow the town to work with business and property owners to find ways of enhancing their surroundings, and creating greater opportunities for economic growth. This grant is one incentive to make improvements possible in a way that reinforces the town’s commitment to creating a more livable Oakville.”

The Building Façade Improvement Grant provides funding for half the cost of eligible improvements to a maximum of $10,000, or $12,500 for corner properties. The grant will help support projects such as cleaning or painting of building façades; modifications to entrances including the installation of accessibility ramps; installation or repair of exterior lighting, awnings or canopies; and the repair or replacement of windows, doors, cornices and other architectural features.

The program is available for existing commercial, office and mixed-use buildings located south of Speers Road that have a building façade directly facing Kerr Street or Lakeshore Road. Façades on corner buildings which face side streets may also be considered.

A community improvement plan is a tool in the Planning Act that allows municipalities to look at areas throughout the community, such as emerging growth areas or downtown main street districts, which could be improved by maintenance, rehabilitation, development or redevelopment.

More information about the pilot project can be found on the Kerr Village Community Improvement Plan page.

For more information contact:

Dana Anderson
Director of Planning Services
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 6020
danderson@oakville.ca

Jill MacInnes
Communications Advisor
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3096
jmacinnes@oakville.ca


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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 13 to 17, 2013

Friday, May 10, 2013 – for immediate release

What’s happening at Town Hall – May 13 to 17, 2013

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 13 to 17, 2013.

May 13

Managing Your Wild Neighbours information night 
Location: Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre, Black Box Theatre, 7–9 p.m.

May 14

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

May 15

Merton Planning Study open house 
Location: Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre, Black Box Theatre, 7–9 p.m.

May 16

Merton Planning Study open house 
Location: Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre, Black Box Theatre, 7–9 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
kpatrick@oakville.ca


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