Ladies and Gentlemen
The Town of Oakville has approved the Saw-whet Golf Course Development. Please see below for detailed information.
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This from Regional and Town Councillor Allan Elgar
A potential agreement has been reached between the developer, the Town, the Region and the other Parties regarding the fate of the former Saw-whet Golf Course. Information about the settlement was made public and presented to the Ontario Municipal Board on Monday. The settlement will require OMB approval.
As the plan stands now, 81.6% of the land will be developed, leaving 18.4% undeveloped. The number of residential units has moved from 875 initially requested by the developer to 1181. That represents a 35% increase in the number of units.
At the end of this note I have included a link from the Region of Halton meeting last week so you can see how your elected representatives voted on the Bronte Green (Saw-Whet) confidential item.
Below are two press releases that you may find very interesting. I hope you take the time to read them and then watch the 2 minute video showing the vote at Regional Council.
I invite you to contact me with your comments.
For immediate release: November 16, 2016
Oakvillegreen Conservation Association
A bad outcome from a flawed process: how Livable Oakville just became a lot less Livable
Development has won another battle in gobbling up Oakville green spaces. The Town of Oakville and Halton Region have just backed down in their efforts to enforce a natural space zoning in their own official plan. As we sift through the documents just released, it appears that the Town has given approval for 1000+ residential units, on an area where the original application only contemplated 700 odd units.
Oakvillegreen had been hopeful, and even confident, that science and broad municipal opposition, would prove that the Saw Whet Golf Course lands were the wrong area to develop and clearly required protection. “We are angry and disheartened that environmentally sensitive greenspace and nature will once again lose out to developmental pressures”, said Karen Brock, President of Oakvillegreen. The “zone it, don’t own it” strategy used by the Town has proved ineffective in preserving greenspace.
The question we are now asking is: Why did the Town of Oakville settle when the Saw Whet area was NOT identified in the Official Plan as an area targeted for growth?
Municipalities with a solid Official Plan should be able to choose, where they want development. The proposal to develop Saw Whet was widely opposed by Oakville citizens and the Town Council. Once again, the municipality’s wishes appear to have fallen to defeat in the face of an Ontario Municipal Board review. It is unclear and frustrating to us why the Town settled. It is hard to imagine a worse outcome from the OMB than the recent settlement reached by all parties.
The Town will talk about ‘environmental wins’ and percentages of space protected, but we believe they are putting a brave face on a big loss.
The Saw Whet Lands are an integral part of the Fourteen Mile Creek Valley and catchment area, which has been identified as an Environmentally Sensitive Area. Scientific alarm bells went off everywhere with the first mention of developing the golf course lands. There was even a scientific recommendation years ago to ADD to this environmentally sensitive area in order to protect this rare habitat and its numerous endangered species. This development approval becomes a case of death by a thousand cuts. No amount of mitigation efforts will ever preserve this sensitive valley now.
We are all daily witnesses to the results of climate change and environmental degradation. There is a scientific consensus that greenspaces and their ecosystems provide immeasurable benefits yet we continue in a downward spiral gobbling up valuable greenspace for private sector profit.
Which greenspace is going next?
Amid the noise of the Bronte Green application, we can see that through this settlement, the Bronte West Lands, an area on the west side of Bronte Road and part of the Bronte Creek watershed, have also been approved for development.
The net result: a large area zoned Parkway Belt and Natural Area is being developed.
Shoe-horning over a 1000 + residential units and commercial buildings on a sensitive greenspace, and calling yourself Bronte Green is a gross act of “greenwashing”. The only green they can be referring to is the colour of the money lining their pockets.
More importantly, what does this decision and flawed process mean for the fate of Deerfield Golf Course and Glen Abbey Golf Course?
This is a case of another developer victory. A broken process reaches a flawed result. The winner: The developer, the bully with deep pockets. The loser: Nature and the wildlife and humans who rely on it.
What can you do?
Let the politicians know how you feel. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Town of Oakville is holding an open house for participants to ask questions with respect to the revised plan on Thursday November 17th from 6-8pm at Town Hall, 1225 Trafalgar Road.
Tell the Ontario Provincial government that you want Municipalities to be able to have the final say in their land use planning. Contact Yasir Naqvi, the Attorney General of Ontario, to tell him the OMB needs to be eliminated or reformed. email@example.com
For inquiries please contact Karen Brock, President, Oakvillegreen Conservation
Town Of Oakville Press Release
Settlement Reached in OMB Case with Bronte Green
Almost 85 hectares of Merton Lands to be protected as natural heritage system By Gisele Shaw Tuesday, November 15, 2016 4:00 pm
The town has reached a settlement with Bronte Green over its development proposal for 1401 Bronte Road that includes significant concessions from Bronte Green to respond to concerns raised by the town and the public. The revised plan represents a significant change from the original proposal for the property by protecting over 10 hectares of green space and addressing key environmental concerns over wildlife protection. This is 4.25 hectares more than the original plan. The settlement must still be approved by the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).
“The settlement reflects Council’s commitment to protect environmentally sensitive lands across Oakville,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton. “This was a victory for the town on every issue before the OMB. We have saved 80 per cent of the Merton Lands.”
The settlement permits Bronte Green to build a residential community with limited retail, and a mix of single family homes, townhouses and low-rise apartments located on Bronte Road. This proposed transit-friendly community will also include a school, parks and a trail system while preserving sensitive environmental lands that are critical habitat to endangered and other species of wildlife.
Bronte Green made significant changes to its original development proposal to reflect town and community concerns. As a result of the settlement, Bronte Green will:
1. Dedicate a significant parcel of land to enhance the woodlands.
2. Create a high value habitat for species including snapping turtles.
3. Increase the size of the buffer around the natural features from 10 metres to 30 metres in order to better protect the natural heritage system from the impacts of development and to reduce flood and erosion impacts.
4. Construct storm water management systems which insure that there will be no additional risk of downstream flooding.
5. Remove the vehicular bridge previously proposed over the Fourteen Mile Creek which posed a threat to endangered species of fish.
6. Secure a permanent natural heritage linkage to Bronte Creek Provincial Park.
7. Reserve an elementary school site adjacent to a centrally located neighbourhood park.
The settlement has been endorsed by the Region of Halton, Conservation Authority and the Halton District School Board. The OMB began hearing evidence on the settlement on Monday, November 14, 2016 and will continue to hear from other parties and participants on scheduled dates over the next two weeks.
How Councillors voted at Regional Council on Nov 9 2016 on the Bronte Green Corporation (Confidential) LPS119-16 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qryfVjomV90b