Upcoming Public Meetings to Address Glen Abbey Development

By: Case Feenstra Team

Upcoming Public Meetings to Address Glen Abbey Development

Tags: Oakville, Official Plan, Public Meetings, Glen Abbey

Oakville’s Town Hall will host a two public meetings in the upcoming weeks which will provide information to residents regarding the proposed official plan amendment for Glen Abbey.   The first meeting is this coming Wednesday, January 10. The first session begins at 2pm and runs until 4pm. Another session will run from 6:30pm until 8:30pm. Both sessions take place in the Trafalgar room...Read More

December Housing Market Results: Flat

By: Case Feenstra Team

December Housing Market Results: Flat

Tags: Real Estate, GTA, Housing Prices, Housing Inventory

The December housing stats show the continued flat-lining of the real estate market in the GTA.   Home prices in the GTA averaged $735,021 in December, up just 0.7% from $730,124 in December, 2016. Sales fell by 7% which is a lower percentage than previous months.   For detached homes, sales fell by 14% and prices were down 2.5%. This category of housing is underperforming compared to co...Read More

What are microgrids and why are they important?

By: Case Feenstra Team

What are microgrids and why are they important?

Tags: Microgrids, energy use, smart appliances,

Our modern electricity grid is actually not very modern. Society needs a grid that is greener, more reliable, and more resilient to extreme weather. Microgrids can provide for all three of these needs.   So what is a microgrid? A microgrid is a small, freestanding grid of power sources, power users, connections between sources and users, and a control system to operate it all.   Microgri...Read More

Why is it so cold?

By: Case Feenstra Team

Why is it so cold? "Good old global warming"?

Tags: Jet Stream, Winter Weather, North American Dipole

This holiday season has been blasted with extremely cold temperatures and loads of snow. How does this make sense in the context of climate change? Aren’t global temperatures supposed to be rising?   Oddly enough, the cold winter temperatures we’ve been experiencing can be partially explained by climate change. The jet stream is a wind pattern that usually blows from west to east ...Read More

Baby Boomer Confidence In Real Estate Market Remains Strong

By: Case Feenstra Team

Baby Boomer Confidence In Real Estate Market Remains Strong

Tags: Real Estate Market, Baby Boomer Investment, First Time Buyers

Real estate is the leading investment for Baby Boomers in Canada’s major cities.   A recent study conducted by Sotheby’s International Realty and Mustel Group shows found that a significant portion of urban Baby Boomers believe that their real estate investments have outperformed their financial investments.   What are baby boomers doing with the returns from these investment...Read More

What are the big projects planned for Oakville in 2018?

By: Case Feenstra Team

What are the big projects planned for Oakville in 2018?

Tags: Budget, Taxes, Bronte, Oakville, Taxpayers

Earlier this month, Oakville Town Council unanimously approved the 2018 budget. Property taxes will increase by 1.75% to cover increases in costs and new projects.   So if your home is assessed at a value of $800,000, the additional cost per year will be $111.84 per year. The 1.75% increase is in line with inflation which shows reasonable cost increases for Oakville’s taxpayers. In fact...Read More

Could Part of Oakville Place Become a Condo?

By: Case Feenstra Team

Could Part of Oakville Place Become a Condo?

Tags: Condo Development, Real Estate, Oakville Place Mall, Retail

With the decline of store-front retailers across the country becoming more apparent, Canadian mall owners are looking to change their approach to business.   The 2015 closure of Target stores nationwide as well as the recent liquidation of all Sears locations has left Canadian malls with large spaces to fill, but they may not be looking for new stores to do that. As the real estate market in ...Read More

Legal Cannabis Stores Coming to Oakville and Mississauga

By: Case Feenstra Team

Legal Cannabis Stores Coming to Oakville and Mississauga

Tags: Oakville, Mississauga, Legal Cannabis, Community Safety, Legalization

With Canada’s plan to legalize the recreational use of cannabis (also known as weed) on track, both Oakville and Mississauga will see new LCBO style stores operating next year.   This past Canada Day the federal government officially unveiled their plan for legalization. The government gave themselves a year to implement the legal changes. As the July 1st 2018 deadline inches closer we ...Read More

Plans for Former Oakville Hospital Site Move Forward

By: Case Feenstra Team

Plans for Former Oakville Hospital Site Move Forward

Tags: Oakville, Hospital, Redevelopment, Housing, Community Centre

The official plan and zoning amendments have been approved for the former site of the Oakville Hospital. The Town of Oakville controls the site which allows it to ensure that the character of the neighbourhood is maintained and that the space is optimized for community needs.   The amendments allow a master plan to be implemented which includes: - A residential district with townhouses and de...Read More

Town of Oakville continues the fight to conserve Glen Abbey with new bylaw

By: Case Feenstra Team

Town of Oakville continues the fight to conserve Glen Abbey with new bylaw

Tags: Glen Abbey Golf Course, Real Estate, Oakville, Development

The development proposal for Oakville’s Glen Abbey Golf Course has raised significant attention and opposition from the town’s residents. Many Oakville residents, as well as the planning department assert that developing more than 3,200 residential units as well as retail space on the lands is not in the public interest.   Town staff proposed a bylaw amendment that would regulated...Read More