WRITE: Town Council asking them to REFUSE the proposed development applications for this 230acre greenspace and cultural heritage landscape!
EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
ATTEND: in person Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 at the Town Hall, 1225 Trafalgar Rd.
Rally at 6:15 p.m. Meeting of Planning and Development Council to consider the Glen Abbey development applications at 7:00 p.m.
REGISTER: as a delegate to speak at the meeting by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Members of the public may also email written comments on the proposed development application to email@example.com before the Town Council meeting on September 26.
Read the staff recommendation report here.
The report recommends:
- That the official plan amendment, zoning by-law amendment and draft plan of subdivision applications by ClubLink Corporation ULC and ClubLink Holdings Limited, for 1333 Dorval Drive (File No’s OPA 1519.09, Z.1519.09 and 24T- 17003/1519), be refused;
We are pleased to share below an elegant letter from a concerned Oakville resident in the hopes that it will also inspire you to write, share, and tell your family and friends!
Dear Mr. Mayor and Members of Council,
I recently asked Google to tell me a joke. Always the helpful assistant, it responded with, “What is the difference between ignorance and apathy?” Hmmm, timely question Google.
I have been following the Glen Abbey development application since I first became aware of it about a year ago. I admit initially I was ignorant. My reaction was something like, “No, they couldn’t. No, they wouldn’t. Why would they want to destroy a beautiful course where, quite literally, ‘the world comes to play’?” I carried on blindly hoping the developers would go away until I realized that the plan could indeed go ahead unchallenged unless private citizens got involved. I had to get the facts. Lucky for me, I was able to join a growing movement of people who were clearly better informed.
As I dipped my toe in I was surprised to see that there were many people who were even more uninformed than me when it came to the development. One of the more outrageous notions I have read is that Oakville needs affordable, high-density housing and developing Glen Abbey will be the solution. Well, the high-density idea hits close to the mark, but affordable I very much doubt. Living on a course where the giants of golf have walked the fairways nearly 30 times will come with a big price. I think we can dismiss the idea that this is an altruistic act on the part of the developers.
I have encountered people who think that Glen Abbey is ‘just a golf course’. Yes, it is a golf course but not just any golf course. It is the unofficial home of the Canadian Open. It is the site where golf history has been made. It is a Canadian course that is known around the world. Still, some people remain unimpressed and say, “I don’t follow golf so why should I care?” Those people care when they realize it is also approximately 229 acres of green space next to a flood plain. The devastation recently caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma is a reminder of why we need to preserve green space. We learned that lesson right here in 1954 when Hurricane Hazel tore through southern Ontario. To this day my parents’ home, brand new in 1954, bears a scar from Hurricane Hazel in the form of a flood line along the cinder block basement walls. It is a reminder that water is a powerful and relentless force. There are guidelines in place to protect the Greater Golden Horseshoe from such natural disasters. Why would we want to put Oakville at risk by paving over such a large swath of green space next to a floodplain?
The other misconception I have heard when talking to people is the idea that a big corporation will always win. In fact, many people seem to believe they already have. With that mindset they think there is little they can do to affect the outcome so why bother. Perhaps this is the result of good marketing on the part of developers or the idea that might is right. I don’t have the answer to that question but I believe it has led to many people throwing up their arms and saying, “Why bother trying to save the course because in the long run we won’t win.” Frankly, that just makes me sad. We live in a wonderful country where we have the right to express our opinion. Let us never forget it.
As for Google’s joke, “What is the difference between ignorance and apathy?” The answer was, “I don’t know and I don’t care.” Well, thanks to the hard work of a group of dedicated and passionate volunteers the people of Oakville do know and they do care. On behalf of thousands of citizens, I respectfully ask that Council continue to protect Glen Abbey Golf Course from development.
More information at Save Glen Abbey: http://www.saveglenabbey.ca