Posted 11.4.16 @ 0:0
A sigh of relief will surely escape every golf lover once they hear about this news. An interim control bylaw that would temporarily block development of the beloved Glen Abbey Golf Course for a year has been extended by the Oakville Town Council.
Safe for Another Year
Last Tuesday, November 1, 2016, marked a fateful day about the future of the Glen Abbey Golf Course as the council voted unanimously to keep the bylaw and extend it for one more year.
The bylaw has been enacted by the Oakville council on February 1, 2016, after ClubLink (the golf course’s owner) came forward with a redevelopment plan that would transform the golf course into 80,000 square feet of retail space, 80,000 square feet of office space, and about 3,200 residential units.
The Glen Abbey Golf Course is world famous and has frequently hosted the Canadian Open. It was also designed by the gold legend himself, Jack Nicklaus.
Town staff pointed out that the proposed project represents unplanned growth in a report to council. It should be noted that the interim bylaw was originally passed to give Town staff enough time to conduct three studies that would determine the impact that the redevelopment of the golf course will have on the surrounding area.
Town staff conducted studies which included a land use and economic impact study, a cultural heritage landscape assessment, and an urban structure study. These studies are not yet complete, and Town staff called on council during the meeting to let them know that an additional year is needed to get the work done.
Town staff also pointed out that the bylaw can be extended according to the Ontario Planning Act. This is all legal as long as the total extended period does not exceed two years.
The Ontario Municipal Board received an appeal from ClubLink mentioning the original interim control bylaw. The hearing for this is scheduled on the 30th of January 2017.
No Immediate Changes
ClubLink CEO K. Rai Sahi shared during an Oakville Beaver interview that the timeline for the Glen Abbey project is considerable. He mentioned that even without the extension of the bylaw, the golf course will still be a golf course for about 5 years or perhaps more. Now, that’s certainly great news for the Canadian Open and golf lovers!
It should be noted that the 29th Canadian Golf Open 2017 will be hosted at the Glen Abbey Golf Course. Perhaps even the ones after that if things are to stay as they are for the next 5 years! Another thing to note is that Golf Canada’s headquarters is located in Glen Abbey.
A golf enthusiast? You’ll feel right at home here in Oakville! With the golf course at Glen Abbey (and a few other golf courses) just a few minutes away from residential areas, Oakville is the perfect golfer’s community for you! Contact us to schedule a viewing of some available Oakville homes!