Few fans of Glen Abbey de­vel­op­ment plan

ClubLink aim­ing to add more than 3,000 res­i­den­tial units to site of famed golf course

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - DAVID LEA

— Den­sity, traf­fic and the de­struc­tion of what some see as a Canadian jewel were among the con­cerns voiced af­ter res­i­dents got a bet­ter look at ClubLink’s de­vel­op­ment plans for the Glen Abbey golf course prop­erty.

Prop­erty owner ClubLink pre­sented its ap­pli­ca­tion data to the com­mu­nity this week dur­ing two pub­lic in­for­ma­tion meet­ings at Oakville Town Hall, which col­lec­tively drew more than 100 peo­ple.

The On­tario Mu­nic­i­pal Board deemed ClubLink’s ap­pli­ca­tion to de­velop the Glen Abbey lands com­plete on June 22, how­ever, Town staff and oth­ers are quick to point out the project is far from be­ing a done deal.

The data pre­sented Wed­nes­day showed the prop­erty owner is in­tent on build­ing 3,222 res­i­den­tial units (141 sin­gle de­tached dwellings, 58 town­house units, 2,434 apart­ment and town­house units, 589 mixed use apart­ment and town­house units) on the 92.7 hectare prop­erty.

The plan calls for 28 four-to-eight storey mid-rise apart­ment build­ings and nine, nine-to-12 storey apart­ment build­ings.

An­other 69,000 square feet is be­ing set aside for com­mer­cial/retail uses while 107,000 square feet (in­clud­ing an ex­ist­ing es­tate) would be used as of­fice space.

ClubLink of­fi­cials point out 50.11 hectares (54 per cent of the to­tal site) would be made up of pub­licly-ac­ces­si­ble green space.

This in­cludes 34.60 hectares pre­served as part of the Nat­u­ral Her­itage Sys­tem (NHS), rem­nant wood area or buf­fer (in­clud­ing the 31.39 hectares Six­teen Mile Creek Val­ley); 10.62 hectares of parks and open space; 4.32 hectares of storm man­age­ment ponds; and a .57 hectare En­bridge ease­ment.

The plan was not well-re­ceived by many res­i­dents who at­tended the meet­ing.

“We don’t need this in Oakville,” said Steve Cullen, who lives off Neya­gawa Boule­vard.

“Glen Abbey is an Oakville in­sti­tu­tion. What else do we have to at­tract peo­ple to this com­mu­nity?”

He also charged the plan is poorly de­signed, not­ing it pro­poses to pack thou­sands of peo­ple into a prop­erty that has only three ex­its, one on Up­per Mid­dle Road (sig­nal­ized) and two on Dor­val Drive (one sig­nal­ized, one not).

“You’re go­ing to put thou­sands of peo­ple in this place. Most of them are go­ing to work so what hap­pens when they all try to leave at rush hour? Traf­fic on Dor­val Drive is al­ready hor­ren­dous.”

Wood­field Road res­i­dent Ju­lianne Guselle said the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment would neg­a­tively im­pact sur­round­ing res­i­dents who paid a pre­mium for homes sur­round­ing the golf course. She said she is not op­posed to some de­vel­op­ment, but ar­gued what is be­ing pro­posed is sim­ply too much.

Robert Visentin, ClubLink se­nior vice pres­i­dent, said that while the main feed­back he is hear­ing so far from res­i­dents is that they don’t want any de­vel­op­ment at the site what­so­ever, he is con­fi­dent that at­ti­tude will change as the process moves for­ward.

“They just don’t want it. It’s not re­ally a di­a­logue. It’s just ‘No.”

TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO

Home­own­ers back­ing on to the golf course are not happy about the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment.

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