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OMB Approves the Development at Saw-Whet Golf Course

Posted by Gabriela Mendoza on August 1, 2017
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The Saw-Whet Golf course is officially being developed into residential homes. The Ontario Municipal Board has favoured the developer’s application and it’s agreement with the Town of Oakville for the property.

 

 

The original plan had well under 1,000 residences but since getting approved it has now gone up to 1,181, which includes 164 townhouses, 443 detached homes and 574 condominium units.

 

However the revised plan also includes to protect more than 10 hectares of green space and it addresses key environmental concerns over wildlife protection.

 

When Bronte Green went to the OMB with their proposal Oakville residents were quite unhappy. Many home-owners had bought their property specifically because it faced the Saw-Whet Golf course.

 

Even Ward 4 Regional & Town Councillor Allan Elgar mentioned to the Oakville Beaver that he is “baffled” with the Town’s deal with Bronte Green since the developer is now able to build more units than originally requested.

 

Now a very similar situation is brewing with the Glen Abbey golf course, Glen Abbey just finished hosting the 2017 RBC Canadian Open which brought six of the top 50 golfers in the world.

 

The development company ClubLink had made a proposal back in Nov. 2016 to transform the golf course into 3,222 residential units, 121,000 sq. ft. of new commercial space and about 124 acres of permanent, publicly accessible green space.

 

Oakville residents can even visit a website ClubLink has created which details their plan.

 

 

 

As of June 2017 the Ontario Municipal Board has ruled in favour of ClubLinks development plans. Under the Planning Act, the town now has 120 days to consider and decide on the merits of the application for rezoning (Oct. 5) and 180 days to consider and decide on the merits of the application for an Official Plan Amendment (Dec. 4) to permit the complete redevelopment of the golf course.

Town staff is expected to bring a recommendation concerning ClubLink’s development proposal before Town Council Sept. 26.

Again Oakville residents are shocked by these news even taking to the streets to protest and drivers will be able to see signs on the streets which say “Save Glen Abbey”. Many people believe that the Glen Abbey Golf course has become and iconic landmark for Oakville.

 

Let us know what you think, are you completely opposed with the developments happening in Oakville? Or are you ready for a change?

 

 

 

Source & Images: Inside Halton, Glen Abbey Golf Course, Glen Abbey Plan

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