Save historic Glen Abbey from destruction and development
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The Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario, a site of significant cultural, historic and natural heritage is threatened with destruction by a proposed high density development of luxury residential, commercial and retail spaces on its precious limited green space.
Situated on the heritage-designated former Raydor Estate, the present course was designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus in his first foray in championship course design. Prior history included indigenous hunting grounds, sawmill, Jesuit monastery and country club. As of 2007, majority ownership of the club property changed to predatory billionaire property developer Rai Sahi of Morguard Corp., who as of September 2015 called for the site's destruction.
It is Canada's most famous golf course for now 41 years, and has also been home to Golf Canada and the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame. It has hosted 29 Canadian Open Championships, more than any other course, with the first having been in 1977. Many historic sports achievements have occurred on this course, including a shot by PGA star Tiger Woods regarded as the most spectacular both of Woods' career and in recent PGA Tour history (https://youtu.be/G2AvRfxgpL4?t=305).
The golf course in this half century has not only defined the Town of Oakville's identity, but also provides significant economic benefits for the hundreds employed in the service and hospitality sector especially when hosting one of the largest single international sports events in all of Canada.
The proposed development calls for the significant destruction of the manicured and natural landscape, woodland canopy, wildlife habitat and rich absorbent soils in Halton Region's largest watershed to be replaced by multiple enormous multi-level structures in a mature site expressly and historically zoned for perpetual recreational purposes. The proposal ignores the Town's significant official plan, which concentrates meaningful growth in other specified areas with transportation infrastructure and economic activity. In so doing, the developer's proposal encourages a perverse density that will overwhelm the existing Town corridors and facilities, adversely affecting neighbouring residents and businesses.
This development will disembowel the proverbial heart of Oakville, scarring its historic, cultural and natural legacy.
This petition calls upon the Mayor Rob Burton and Town Councilors, as well as Members of Provincial Parliament for Oakville Kevin Flynn & Indira Naidoo-Harris, and Provincial Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport Eleanor McMahon, Provincial Minister of Municipal Affairs Bill Mauro, Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne, Federal Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly and Halton Region Chair Gary Carr to oppose the destruction of Glen Abbey by recognizing the intangible value of cultural and natural heritage of preserving Glen Abbey and thereby the legacy of nature, sport and history for future generations.
Save Glen Abbey, the heart of Oakville and national treasure.
- Oakville Town Council
- Member of Provincial Parliament
- Ontario Minister of Tourism and Heritage
- Halton Region Chair
- Minister of Canadian Heritage
- Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs
- Member of Provincial Parliament
- Premier of Ontario
Please help save historic Glen Abbey from destruction and development by opposing the ClubLink proposal with their OMB and CRB tactics against the wishes of the Oakville citizens and thousands of supporters. This is not only Oakville's identity and heritage at stake, but also that of Ontario and Canada. This is a national treasure to protect for our future generations.
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