Employment Land Needs Assessment Study

What is the purpose of the study?

The Milton Employment Land Needs Assessment Study aims to assist the Town of Milton to plan for its employment lands by defining factors affecting the Town's current and future employment land planning.

The study will be providing information on trends and factors affecting the Town's current employment land supply, recommending supporting policies that meet the immediate and future planning needs of the Town, recognizing the market needs, reinforcing the physical and urban context, and respecting the overarching policy framework.

Why is the Town undertaking the study?

Milton has experienced one of the highest growth rates of any municipality in Canada over the last decade. With any growth comes the challenge of managing that growth and change, and planning for the long-term stability of the Town. Critical to the Town's long-term viability is the direction from Council through the Town's Official Plan as to how and where growth is to occur and specifically for employment, where jobs should be maintained and created.

There is a need to develop a comprehensive strategy for guiding employment development to 2031 to achieve a better employment land distribution and more sustainable densities to meet the Town's long-term economic objectives.

How can I get involved in the study?

Stakeholders and members of the public can get involved with the Milton Employment Land Needs Assessment Study.

Employment Land Needs Assessment Study - Phase 2

Town of Milton hosted a public information night for residents to learn more about the Employment Land Needs Assessment Study on Monday, October 24, 2016.

The Employment Land Needs Study was commenced in August of 2015. The Phase 1 Report was presented to Council on January 25, 2016. The Phase 1 report included a detailed assessment of the local, regional, Provincial and broader employment and economic context. The Phase 1 report also provided an assessment of the land use policy framework within which employment lands are planned, and reviewed relevant research, factors and influences on employment land planning and development. Best practices in employment land use planning and policies were also considered during the first phase of the study. 

This Phase 2 report provides an analysis of the Phase 1 findings as well as an assessment of the Town's current employment land supply and demand. The Phase 2 report also provides projections for employment growth, considers areas for employment intensification and assesses potential conversion sites (employment lands proposed to be considered for converted to non-employment land uses). The Phase 2 report concludes with responses to a number of questions raised through the Phase 1 process, as well as a number of recommendations for consideration related to land use policies and strategic directions to meet the Town's long-term objectives for its employment lands. 

Staff Report PD-040-16 was presented to Town Council the same evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers. A presentation was given by the consultant at the Committee of the Whole.  A copy of that presentation is available here.

Public Open Houses 

Members of the public will have an opportunity to get involved in the study at public open houses to present information and findings of different stages of the study, discuss issues and ideas, and collect feedback.

Town of Milton is hosting another public information night for residents to learn more about the Employment Land Needs Assessment Study.  Members of the public are invited to attend the information night rescheduled for Monday, October 24, 2016 in the lobby of Town Hall West from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

A public open house took place on Monday, January 25, 2016 to discuss the draft Phase 1 Background Report.  A copy of the Open House boards is available here.

A presentation was given by staff and the Consultants at the Committee of the Whole Meeting on Monday, January 25, 2016.  A copy of that presentation is available here.

Expert Panel Discussion 

As part of the research approach of the Milton Employment Land Needs Assessment Study, an expert panel discussion event was held in November 2015.

This invite-only session focused on the base information obtained from past work by the Town through its Economic Development Strategy, the Municipal Comprehensive Review work, and the identification of key market issues.

The panel consisted of a range of experts brought together to discuss current market facts, statistics, trends, and influential factors that are specific to Milton's employment and growth.


Planning Policy
Planning & Development Department
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