The Town’s decision should not come as a surprise to anyone following this story. Earlier this week, Oakville Town Council rejected a demolition request from Clublink, the owner of the property that has development plans. Earlier this month, council approved additional protection for the Glen Abbey Golf Course.
Oakville’s official plan has been amended, and a bylaw has been passed to for a Cultural Heritage Landscape Conservation Plan.
These approvals will strengthen the town’s interim control by-law (ICB) that restricted development of the Glen Abbey. The ICB provided Oakville with the needed time to complete amendments and approvals.
Unsurprisingly Clublink, the owner of Glen Abbey Golf course, had challenged the ICB a few months ago. But now that the amendments and approvals are complete, there is a stronger likelihood that Glen Abbey’s cultural heritage value will be maintained.
Critics have raised questions as to how a golf course could have significant enough heritage value to be protected. Clublink has raised this question, and others, which will be clarified in a court hearing scheduled for July 16 and 17.
The bigger question is whether or not the development of Glen Abbey is reasonable in terms of fitting within Oakville’s capacity. And an even bigger question is whether Oakville residents support the development. The answer from the majority seems to be a firm no.