The future of the Glen Abbey Golf Course in Oakville has been in question since 2015 when a pre-hearing meeting was held with ClubLink.
The battle to save the golf course has been ongoing ever since.
In September of last year, inhalton.com reported that ClubLink was filing an application to remove and demolish Oakville’s beloved Glen Abbey Golf Course and all buildings on the land – aside from the ones covered under the redevelopment proposal.
ClubLink has proposed a mixed complex which includes 3,222 residential units, 121,000 square feet of commercial space and roughly 124 acres of permanent, and a publicly-accessible green space.
In efforts to save the golf course, town council designated Glen Abbey as a property of cultural heritage value or interest on Dec. 20, 2017.
Now, almost a year later, a lot has changed.
A recent decision issued by Justice Morgan of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has quashed the town’s Cultural Heritage Landscape Conservation Plan and the associated by-laws for Glen Abbey.
This decision is being reviewed by ClubLink.
“We are reviewing the decision in detail, but we do believe it is consistent with our position all along, which is that these bylaws are not legal and represent a significant over-reach by the Town of Oakville,” Robert Visentin, Senior Vice President of ClubLink, said in a statement sent to inhalton.com via email.
View the official Ontario Superior Court of Justice court file here.
On Dec. 17, 2018, the town was also served with an application from ClubLink to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to quash the Heritage Designation By-law 2017-138.
The town will be opposing this application.
So, what’s next for the Glen Abbey Golf Course?
Despite the Superior Court ruling, Glen Abbey will remain on the Ontario Heritage Register, recognized in perpetuity for undeniable cultural heritage value. New bylaws and legislation will need to be passed for conservation protection. #SaveGlenAbbey #History #heritage #Legacy
— Save Glen Abbey (@saveglenabbey) December 12, 2018
According to the Town of Oakville’s website, a further pre-hearing conference on the development applications will take place on Nov. 15, 2019
The town’s website also notes, “The Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) has scheduled the hearing regarding the Glen Abbey development applications for July 6 to Nov. 20, 2020.”