The lands north of the QEW and east of Bronte Road, known as the Merton Lands, are subject of a Town of Oakville study on how to best make use of the property. Consisting of Saw Whet golf course (which has already been sold and will be developed for residential purposes. The remaining land, made up of Deerfield Golf Course, Fourteen Mile Creek, the Mid-Halton Water Pollution Control Plant, and the Halton Regional Centre are currently being investigated.
While the land on which Saw Whet is located will be developed for residential land uses, all three proposals put forth by the Town would see the land used for commercial and employment purposes. The Town's Manager of Current Planning, Charlie McConnell said, "That’s one of the objectives we are trying to fulfill here, to get a balance of appropriate land uses that will sustain a complete community. So for residential we’re looking at from low to medium to not necessarily high, but higher density. We want to make sure there is an appropriate mix of residential land use options that cater to a cross section of the population. There has to be a road network to support the adequate movement of traffic throughout the area. So you will see that being fairly consistent throughout all three plans."
If one of these proposals goes forward, it would see the demise of all three golf courses in that geographical area, with Richview already having been developed into the Bronte Creek community and Saw Whet to begin development in the next year or two.
Deerfield Golf Course superintendent Ian McIsaac is not happy with what is happening to the Town of Oakville, believing the Town is overdeveloping land and taking away what made this a great place to live in the first place.
"What are we doing to our town? It is a tragedy in my opinion. These plans (for the Merton Lands) would remove everything, except for the creek, which is the only spot they can't develop. Of the 132 acres of space that Saw Whet took up - that was gone and then of the 115 acres on this property (Deerfield) - all this was gone too."
The land Deerfield Golf Course sits on is owned by Infrastructure Ontario. Their aim is to redesignate the land so it can be sold to developers.
The three proposed plans are below:
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