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I am writing to voice my concern that ClubLink is proposing to destroy an invaluable cultural heritage resource in the Town of Oakville by replacing the Glen Abbey Golf Course with a massive high-‐rise redevelopment, contrary to provincial planning policy, and the Region of Halton and Oakville Official Plans, which do not allow this type of intensification in a mature residential neighbourhood, far removed from planned transit. Please consider:
I ask you, a government that bills itself as ‘for the people’, to uphold provincial planning policy, the Livable Oakville Plan and the will of Ontarians who do not want our precious cultural heritage resources bulldozed to accommodate bad development at the whim of a private property owner. The outcome of this case will have broad implications for Oakville and other communities in Ontario for years to come. Oakville elected two MPPs who campaigned on saving Glen Abbey for future generations. I urge you to take visible action to protect the Glen Abbey property.
- Town Council unanimously rejected the development proposal multiple times;
- Glen Abbey Golf Course is an historic and internationally-‐renowned golf course designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus, which has hosted 30 Canadian Open championship -‐ more than any other course;
- Glen Abbey is a landmark in the Town of Oakville, and is designated a Cultural Heritage Landscape under the Ontario Heritage Act;
- Glen Abbey’s unique cultural heritage value distinguishes it from other golf course redevelopment applications across the province;
- the Livable Oakville Official Plan guides the development and growth of our community and conforms to the Province of Ontario’s Growth Plan;
- Glen Abbey is not designated as one of the Town’s growth areas planned to accommodate major intensification and new urban development – but is located in a mature residential neighbourhood;
- Glen Abbey is located nowhere near the planned transportation corridors on which governments are making significant financial investment – unlike the Town’s planned growth areas such as Midtown Oakville and Uptown Core;
- this type of high-‐density, car-‐dependent development – which is entirely contrary to provincial land use planning policy – is especially concerning as we witness the urgent climate and biodiversity crises;
- the province’s current housing crisis cannot be solved by approving high-‐density development in the wrong location;
- Oakville does not want to destroy this property to gain publicly accessible parkland; and
- a private property owner should not be able to overturn a community’s carefully-‐crafted plan for growth that was developed with provincial input and in accordance with provincial policy.