We have heard dismay and disappointment from so many Oakville residents in the past few days as residents come to learn that a negotiated settlement was reached approving the development of 1181 units on the 55-hectare parcel of land at 1401 Bronte Road, formerly the Saw Whet Golf Course. The last contiguous large greenspace south of Dundas St. will be irreparably altered because of this decision.
Letters to our elected Town, Regional and Provincial officials have been flying and we have heard many eloquent pleas for preservation over pavement.
Here are a few ways to continue to make your voice heard:
- Attend the OMB hearing! We want to fill the OMB hearing rooms at Town Hall with our supporters.
Oakvillegreen, along with several other resident associations and many residents, which previously registered as ‘participants’, will be permitted to speak at the OMB hearing on Wednesday, November 23 and Thursday November 24, 2016. We are encouraging all registered ‘participants’ to appear in person at 10am on Wednesday to share their issues with the Board. If you did not register, OMB hearings are open to the public and your presence will convey your concern about the settlement decision.
- Write a letter to tell the Ontario Provincial government that you want Municipalities to be able to have the final say in their land use planning. Contact the Attorney General of Ontario, Yasir Naqvi and the OMB review office and copy Town Council, and the Halton Regional Council chair:
Here is a sample letter to the Province.
Please find attached my comments in reaction to the recent negotiated settlement of the Saw Whet Golf Course Lands in Oakville.
This week, countless Oakville citizens were appalled at the decision to allow massive development on 55 hectares of greenspace, that science clearly demonstrates is of high ecological importance. Developers are using the OMB process to bully municipalities into rezoning greenspaces that should be preserved. I strongly support the abolishment of or immediate changes to the OMB process.
For more information:
See our previous posts about this issue here.
Read Oakvillegreen’s Statement to the OMB opposing the Saw Whet development proposal.
Watch: 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
Read this thoughtful point/counterpoint chart prepared by a concerned Oakville resident: