Glen Abbey Golf Course Timeline from 2016-2018.
Glen Abbey Golf Course Timeline from 2016-2018.

Timeline of Town-initiated Cultural Heritage Landscape (CHL), By-laws, Zoning and Official Plan Amendments

January 2014 – Council adopts Cultural Heritage Landscape strategy.

June 2015 – Phase One inventory process begins.

January 2016 – Heritage Oakville provides input.

February 2016 – Phase One inventory approved. Eight high priority properties, including Glen Abbey, to Phase Two (work ongoing).

March 2017 – Public meetings on CHLs. Landowner meetings on CHLS.

April 2017 – Heritage Oakville provides input on CHLs.

May 2017 – Six high priority properties to Council – including four Cultural heritage landscapes. Glen Abbey identified for Phase Three to determine protection measures. Heritage Oakville provides input.

August 2017 – Council issues Notice of Intention to Designate Glen Abbey.

September 2017 – Urban Structure approved by Council (Liveable Oakville amendments, regional approval pending) on September 26. Pacific Life Insurance company appeals Notice of Intention to Designate. CRB hearing scheduled. Proposed Conservation Plan, related by-laws, and proposed zoning and official plan amendments tabled at Council.

December 2017 – Pacific Life Insurance withdraws objection. Council formally designates property.

January 2018 – Official plan, zoning and conservation measures approved by Council on January 30, 2018.


Timeline of ClubLink Applications

November 2015 – Preconsultation with ClubLink on Glen Abbey development proposal.

November 2016 – ClubLink submits Glen Abbey application.

June 2017 – Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) rules ClubLink application complete.

July 2017 – Glen Abbey open house.

September 2017 – Planning and Development Council (P&D): refused applications.

October 2017 – Glen Abbey appeal refusal to OMB. Hearing date to be scheduled.

November 2017 – Subdivision plan refused by P&D.

April 2018 – OMB pre-hearing – April 27, 2018.


The development

The golf course in this half century has not only defined the Town of Oakville’s identity, but also provides significant economic benefits for the hundreds employed in the service and hospitality sector especially when hosting one of the largest single international sports events in all of Canada.

The proposed development calls for the significant destruction of the manicured and natural landscape, woodland canopy, wildlife habitat and rich absorbent soils in Halton Region’s largest watershed to be replaced by multiple enormous multi-level structures in a mature site expressly and historically zoned for perpetual recreational purposes.  The proposal ignores the Town’s significant official plan, which concentrates meaningful growth in other specified areas with transportation infrastructure and economic activity.  In so doing, the developer’s proposal encourages a perverse density that will overwhelm the existing Town corridors and facilities,  adversely affecting neighbouring residents and businesses.

Town strategy

As of December 20, 2017, Glen Abbey has been designated as a cultural heritage landscape. But ClubLink is still attempting to circumvent this designation with a preemptive application for demolition and other appeals. We need protective action now!