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    Paul commented  · 

    I like this idea. All current north/south crossings of the qew is very congested... especially Ford Dr and Trafalgar. Completing the bridge crossing over the qew at Eighth Line and/or Sixth Line makes a lot of sense especially with the continued grow of Oakville. Adding community services in south Oakville doesn't make a lot of sense at this point without those crossings because all the population and growth is in the North. New bridge crossings might help justify new community services in the south and help business in downtown Oakville.

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    Paul commented  · 

    article from a public land perspective:

    by David Rickards

    Corporate/Commercial Lawyer in Oakville, Ontario

    Quite a few of my friends have been talking about the Glen Abbey Golf Course story.

    I thought I would share some thoughts on why this is both inevitable (from a legal standpoint) and a good thing for Oakville.

    The development of privately owned land for housing is controlled by the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) and effectively there is a rubber stamp for population density in the 905. Given Oakville's 2 Go Train Stations, and proximity to the QEW this project is a certainty. The town has no control over this other than negotiating a deal before the owner goes to the OMB.

    The good news for Oakville is that about 40% of the Golf Course is located on public land. Most people don't know this and I know lots of long time residents who have never been on the course at all. So the public lands (complete with 5 holes) will no longer be barricaded behind the gates of a golf club.

    These public lands are actually connected to the Westoak Oak Ravine and Lions Valley and combine to make up the 16 Mile Creek Valley portion that is between the 407 and QEW. With a little planning the Town of Oakville will be able to connect all three portions of this wonderful natural area and perhaps even build some trails south of the QEW as well.

    Quite simply, by the time the houses are built on the front 9 there could be an easily accessed natural trail system running from the 407 to the Lake through the heart of Oakville for all of us to enjoy. With a little extra planning the waterway of 16 Mile Creek could be improved for canoe, kayak or SUP.

    I see this as a great step forward for what Oakville has evolved into, and a way for more people to enjoy the natural ravine that cuts through the Town. More people will access the lower portions of this land in a weekend than normally would all summer if it was park land rather than a golf course, and that is a good thing.

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    Paul commented  · 

    Being an Oakville resident and a, very very occasional, hack golfer for over 20 years, I can say I have been to Glen Abbey once and it was when I got a free ticket when Tiger Woods played. I can't afford it there. It is an absolutely gorgeous piece of land though. That being said, it's private land. I can't afford to play there which means I can enjoy the banks of the creek or any trails there, zero. In my opinion, Glen Abbey serves the privileged few. At least if it turns into some public space with some trails along the creek, then me and my family can enjoy it. I sure hope the Town of Oakville does not spend any bad tax payer money to try to fight a lost cause against the OMB. To have public access and trails is what I would like to see and what I believe would serve the majority of Oakville families and not just the privileged few.

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    I voted for this but please don't spend our tax payer money on trying to save Glen Abbey Golf Course as part of this. Just let the privately owned land go and negotiate to get public access to new trails and some park space there. I am totally for more public trails and green space along the lake specifically where all Oakvillians can enjoy.

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