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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Town announces 2017 Community Spirit Awards nominees

Thursday, May 11, 2017 – for immediate release

Town announces 2017 Community Spirit Awards nominees

Winners will be revealed at the awards ceremony on June 7

The Town of Oakville is excited to announce the 37 nominees for the 16th Annual Community Spirit Awards. Congratulations to the following individuals and organizations nominated for their dedication and commitment to the Oakville community:

Access Award – sponsored by Access Abilities

Bingo Rivera

Arts Award – sponsored by The Oakville Beaver

Diana Isherwood
Brenda Smith
William Smith
Wanyu Zhao

Group Volunteer Award – sponsored by Town of Oakville

100 Guys Who Care Oakville
Bronte Harbour Yacht Club
KSM’s Souper Kitchen Team
May Court Club of Oakville
Syrian Settlement Committee of St. Andrew’s Church
The Oakville Rotaract Club

Heritage Award – sponsored by Genworth Financial Canada

Mary Davidson

Individual Volunteer Award – sponsored by Paradiso Restaurant

Janet Barber
Carol Crowe
Stephen Dankowich
Dennis Ford
Julie Gladu
Anne Lamont
Kelly Luscombe
Carilyn McNaught
Lynn Pike
Jan Tingle
Haileigh Walsh
Barry Wylie

Senior Award – sponsored by Chartwell Waterford Retirement Residence

Clare Henderson
Carol Kelley
Margaret Larson
Peter Lowes
Alex and Jean Mason
Ralph Wallace

Youth Award – sponsored by RBC Royal Bank

Aiza Abid
Marica Pinnock
Michelle Rubach
Sydney Turner
Teen Tech Team
David Vidican
Wanyu Zhao

The winners will be announced at the Community Spirit Awards ceremony and reception on Wednesday, June 7 starting at 6:30 p.m. at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre located at 2302 Bridge Road. Tickets for the event are available for $15 each through the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts website or by calling the box office at 905-815-2021, Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no reserved seating for this event.

The 2017 Community Spirit Awards will be designed by local illustrator, designer and portrait artist Emily Soden. Emily works closely with oil, acrylic scratchboard and pencils, but her favourite mediums are watercolour and ink. Her commissions are inspired by nature and animals, often showcased as recurring themes in her work.

Visit our Oakville Community Spirit Awards page for more information.


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Town acquires 5,404 square metres of waterfront land and trails from Edgemere Estates

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 – for immediate release

Town acquires 5,404 square metres of waterfront land and trails from Edgemere Estates

Town of Oakville now owns an additional 5,404 square metres of prime waterfront land and trails following the final site plan approval for Edgemere Estates Limited. When completed, the publically accessible waterfront and trails will run south along Maple Grove Drive from Lakeshore Road to the waterfront, along the shore of Lake Ontario and then north connecting back to Lakeshore Road by way of a trail through Wedgewood Creek.

“Council and I are proud of the agreement reached between the town and Edgemere Estates,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Creating public access to our waterfront and expanding our trail systems meets our goal of creating a sustainable community, and ensures future generations can enjoy this beautiful area.”

As part of the settlement agreement, Edgemere Estate Limited dedicated a 15 metre wide linear strip of waterfront property together with connecting pathways. A public park and trail system will be constructed and paid for by the builder.

Edgemere Estate Limited will construct 10, 2.5 storey elegant residential buildings, each containing three units at 1502 Lakeshore Road East. Development of the waterfront access and trails will be phased-in as the homes are constructed. In addition, a number of heritage buildings and landscape elements on the Edgemere property will be preserved and maintained by Edgemere Estates Limited.

Town staff will continue to work with Edgemere Estates Limited throughout the construction process.

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For more information contact

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

Mary Jo Milhomens
Senior Communications Advisor
905-338-4244
mmilhomens@oakville.ca


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Town of Oakville and Oakville Transit CAW Local 1256 reach tentative agreement

Friday, September 30, 2011 – for immediate release

Town of Oakville and Oakville Transit CAW Local 1256 reach tentative agreement

Transit strike averted

The Town of Oakville and Oakville Transit Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) Local 1256 have reached a tentative agreement, averting a possible strike. The CAW ratification vote has been scheduled for Sunday, October 2, 2011.

Details of the settlement remain confidential pending ratification.

Oakville Transit monthly pass users

September 2011 Oakville Transit monthly passes will be honoured on all buses October 1 and 2, 2011.

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Media Contacts:

Dave Bloomer
Commissioner, Infrastructure and Transportation
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3300
dbloomer@oakville.ca

Mary Jo Milhomens
Senior Communications Advisor
Town of Oakville
905-338-4244
mmilhomens@oakville.ca


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Town of Oakville, Melrose Investments Inc. and Rosehaven Homes Limited reach settlement

Future development in downtown Oakville approved

The Ontario Municipal Board approved Minutes of Settlement between the Town of Oakville, Melrose Investments Inc. and Rosehaven Homes Limited last Friday.

In those Minutes of Settlement, the three parties agreed to amend the original four development applications on downtown Oakville properties — 153 and 157 Reynolds Street, 296, 300, 312, Randall Street, 293 Church Street, 131 and 135 Trafalgar Road  as well as 132 and 136 Allan Street.

“This settlement achieves the objectives of the Livable Oakville Plan and assists in the implementation of our recently completed Downtown Oakville Strategic Review — a review developed through participation of the downtown BIA and area residents,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “We are always pleased when developers work with us in furthering our vision of a vibrant and commercially stable downtown. It’s reinvesting for the future.”

“We are pleased to reach agreement with Town Council on the redevelopment of our downtown Oakville sites,” said Silvio Guglietti of Melrose Investments Inc.  “These projects will complement the historic character of Oakville’s downtown, and will provide new housing and shopping opportunities which will further enhance downtown Oakville as a premier live-work destination in the Greater Toronto Area.”

The details of the settlement are as follows:

153 and 157 Reynolds Street — Melrose Investments Inc. and Rosehaven Homes Limited had applied to construct a nine-storey apartment building. Through the settlement, they have agreed to construct six freehold townhouses.

296, 300, 312, Randall Street, 293 Church Street, 131 and 135 Trafalgar Road — Melrose Investments Inc. and Rosehaven Homes Limited had made two applications with respect to these properties to construct two, six-storey mixed use buildings. Through the settlement, they have agreed to construct one, four-storey building with retail along the first floor and residential units above. As part of this settlement, Melrose Investments Inc. and Rosehaven Homes Limited will be required to restore and refurbish 293 Church Street, which is a property that will be designated by the town as a heritage property. 

132 and 136 Allan Street — Melrose Investments Inc. and Rosehaven Homes Limited had applied to construct an 11-storey building. Through the settlement, they have agreed to construct a six-storey building that will be used for either office or residential uses.

In exchange for permitting a six-storey building at 132 and 136 Allan Street, Melrose Investments Inc. and Rosehaven Homes Limited will be required to provide 20 parking spaces to the town for the purpose of a public parking lot. The public parking lot will be located on the 296, 300, 312, Randall Street, 293 Church Street, 131 and 135 Trafalgar Road properties with access to the parking lot from Trafalgar Road.

This settlement avoids the cost and uncertainty of four Ontario Municipal Board hearings and a Conservation Review Board hearing and resolves Melrose Investments Inc.’s outstanding appeals to the Livable Oakville Plan pertaining to these properties.

For more information regarding this settlement, contact Denise Baker at 905-845-6601, ext. 3900 or by email at dbaker@oakville.ca

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Contact Information

Jane Clohecy
Commissioner
Town of Oakville
905-338-4243


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