It seems like the OMB has a strong tendency to approve greenfield development where many don’t want it, at least in Oakville. The former Saw Whet Golf Course will be developed into residential and retail units by a company called Bronte Green Corporation.
The official announcement to develop Saw Whet comes soon after Glen Abbey Golf was approved for development by OMB. Oakville will be losing a fair amount of greenspace, but they’re more than just golf courses and forests. These are green spaces contributed to the heritage and culture of Oakville and are important for maintaining a healthy town into the future.
These decisions from OMB will force the Town of Oakville to modify the Official Plan to accommodate for more residential space and the associated vehicle traffic. Saw Whet will be developed into 164 townhouses, 443 detached homes, and 574 condominium units. It’s more than the original number proposed. But it’s the same sprawling suburban design that requires homeowners to own a vehicle to get anywhere.
At the end of the day, once greenspace is developed into housing, it’s gone. And at this point, the amount of greenspace in Oakville is diminishing at an alarming rate. At least we have 16 Mile Creek and Bronte Creek though.
Photo Courtesy of the Town of Oakville