We all know of Glen Abbey as one of Canada’s premiere golf courses and an important part of our community. As the MPP for Oakville I am always committed to working with the Town to ensure the preservation of green space and heritage sites within our community. I am extremely pleased that the determination of Glen Abbey’s future will be made locally, here in Oakville.
The Town of Oakville will have a greater say in local planning decisions, including the Glen Abbey Golf Course application, thanks to legislation recently proclaimed by the Ontario government.
Bill 139, the Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017 was proclaimed into law on April 3. 2018. This Act establishes the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) to replace the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). The LPAT will give greater deference to local communities and municipalities with respect to zoning and development.
In January 2018, the Town of Oakville Council passed the official plan and zoning bylaw amendments regarding the Glen Abbey Golf Course to extend the protections put in place by an interim control bylaw (which maintained the existing uses on the sites). In order to change the assigned usage of the Glen Abbey Golf Course both of these would need to be appealed.
Pursuant to the recently enacted transition provisions, any municipally-initiated matters such as official plan amendments and/or zoning bylaw amendments that were adopted after December 12, 2017 are subject to the new rules. Accordingly, any appeal of these amendments would now be subject to the new rules and will rest with the LPAT. This will ensure that the Town of Oakville’s zoning by-law and official plan amendment will be determined by the LPAT using the new LPAT rules.
Bylaws passed by the Town of Oakville regarding Glen Abbey will be heard by the LPAT, not the OMB. This is a significant step to ensuring that all decisions regarding Glen Abbey are determined locally, here in Oakville.
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