Halton Chair puts forward motion to save Glen Abbey in Oakville

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Published June 8, 2021 at 4:10 pm

Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr has drafted a motion, appealing to the Provincial government in an effort to halt the potential development of the legendary Glen Abbey Golf Course.

Following considerable pressure from three Oakville community groups (We Love Oakville, Save Glen Abbey and Oakvillegreen Conservation Association) again the development, Carr has stepped up regional presence against the development proposal by Glen Abbey owners ClubLink to create a community of over 3,200 residential units and 127,000 square feet of retail-commercial properties on the lands of the famed golf course.

In a motion to be presented at the June 16 Halton Regional Council meeting, Carr’s proposal (seconded by Oakville Councillor Allan Elgar) calls the land “home to a world-renowned golf course that has hosted the Canadian Open the greatest number of times in the country,” adding that it is, “considered a local, Regional, Provincial and national treasure that should be protected for future generations.”

He added that its development would contravene the Province’s Endangered Species Act of 2007. “(The) Glen Abbey lands for generations have provided an interconnected network of green space to the Town’s inhabitants, including wildlife.”

Thus far, the proposed development has seen more ups-and-downs than the famed hill-and-valley holes 12 through 14 on the course. Initially, Oakville Council unanimously rejected ClubLinks’ redevelopment proposal. The golf course giant successfully appealed that decision at the Ontario Court of Appeal, which ruled that they could go ahead with the application.

Through Carr’s motion, next Wednesday’s meeting will see the latest effort by the Regional and Area Councillors to thwart ClubLink’s massive plans.

Photo courtesy of Glen Abbey Facebook page

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