Oakville has turned to the courts as the dispute over the development of Glen Abbey continues. The Town of Oakville has put in an application to determine its rights and jurisdiction under the Ontario Heritage Act.
Back in August, Oakville town council unanimously approved the application for a heritage status for Glen Abbey. In response Clublink, the owner of Glen Abbey, put forward a demolition notice that it would demolish all the buildings that did not get heritage status and all the golf greens on the property.
The Town has committed itself to protect the heritage status of the entire golf course, not just a few buildings. Mayor Rob Burton has said “We do not see how demolishing the building and removing the golf course would meet provincial requirements that heritage landscapes be conserved.”
The court application will specify how Oakville can move forward to protect the golf course’s heritage status.
The Heritage Act may be an important additional tool that Oakville can use to maintain Glen Abbey Golf Course. It will add to the fact that Town Council unanimously voted against the development of 141 detached homes, 299 townhouses, and 2,782 apartment units with retail and commercial space. That unanimous vote was also based on recommendations from Town staff that determined that development plans did not represent good planning and were i not in the best public interest.