Mature Neighbourhoods Character Study

Phase 2

Planning staff is currently assessing the Mountain View Neighbourhood and the residential section of Old Milton, located north of the Downtown Character Area and west of Ontario Street.

Online survey

We invite you to share your input about what you value about the character of these neighbourhoods at

  • The survey is now closed. Thank you for your interest in providing us with your feedback.

Neighbourhood walking tours

Three walking tours were organized in these neighbourhoods. Residents had the opportunity to share their input about what they value about the character of these neighbourhoods.

Thank you to all who participated!

Phase 2 Walking tours map and details
Phase 2 walking tour areas
Walking Tour 1 - Mountain View Neighbourhood at  W I Dick Middle School
Date: September 24, 2019
Time: 6:00 – 7:30PM
Walking Tour 2 - Mountain View Neighbourhood and Old Milton at Ontario Street 
Date: September 26, 2019
Time: 6:00 – 7:30PM
Walking Tour 3 - Mountain View Neighbourhood at Kingsleigh Park
Date: October 1, 2019
Time: 6:00 – 7:30PM
Walking tours invitation and routes

Phase 1

Public open houses

On Monday, April 29, 2019 and Thrusday, May 2, 2019, Milton hosted two public open houses at Town Hall. At these events, participants had an opportunity to review the feedback received throughout the study and the key findings of the technical review, hear about the next steps and provide further comments.

Update report

On Monday, April 15, 2019, Milton Council endorsed the Mature Neighbourhoods Character Study Update report (PD-018-19) and directed staff to prepare the implementing policy and regulatory documents and consult with the public prior to bringing forward the proposed amendments for Council's consideration.

The staff report prepared for the Council meeting did not include a recommendation. A recommendation report will be presented to Town Council in the future.

Online survey

During Phase 1, we provided the public with an opportunity to tell us what they value about the character of their neighbourhoods through an online survey from November 26, 2018 to January 29, 2019.

Neighbourhood walking tours

The neighbourhood walking tours provide an opportunity for Town staff to discuss the purpose of the study with residents and collect further information about the area under review. 

As part of Phase 1, six walking tours were carried out in the Downtown Character Area and Martin Street, in which residents had an opportunity to identify features and elements that define their neighbourhoods.

The information collected is valuable and will inform the development of recommendations to better manage development and change in the area.

Phase 1 Walking tour map and details
Neighbourhood Walking Tours Map
Walking Tour 1 - The Victoria Park Neighbourhood
Date: September 18, 2018
Time: 5:00 – 6:30PM
Walking Tour 2 - The Lower East Neighbourhood
Date: September 20, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 7:30PM
Walking Tour 3 - The Martin Gateway Corridor
Date: September 25, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 7:30PM
Walking Tour 4 - The South Central Neighbourhood
Date: September 27, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 7:30PM
Walking Tour 5 - The Mill Quarter Neighbourhood
Date: October 2, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 7:30PM
Walking Tour 6 - The Victory Village Neighbourhood
Date: October 4, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 7:30PM
Walking tours invitation and routes

What is Neighbourhood Character?

Neighborhood character is incredibly important to the overall perception of neighborhood quality. It refers to the look and feel of an area and the activities that happen there. It is often defined to mean the collective qualities and characteristics that distinguish a particular area or neighbourhood. Every property, public place or piece of infrastructure makes a contribution, whether great or small. It is the cumulative impact of all these contributions that establishes neighbourhood character.

Neighbourhood character can be influenced by a combination of quantitative elements, such as lot frontage, setbacks, and building height; as well as qualitative elements, such as landscaping, materiality, and door and window placement. These elements of a place can be building-related, property-related or neighbourhood-related, which blend together to define a unique place and character.

About the Study

What is it?

Milton has initiated a Mature Neighbourhoods Character Study to gain a better understanding, with community input, of the elements and qualities that contribute to neighbourhood character. The study will assess whether the policies of the Official Plan and the regulatory framework of the Town’s Zoning By-law are effective in managing development and maintaining the character of mature neighbourhoods. The study will inform potential improvements to these and other tools.

Where is it?

The geographic focus of the study is the Town’s stable low-density neighbourhoods within the Established Urban Area, identified in the Future Urban Structure. The Established Urban Area represent the area bounded by Highway 401 to the North, Peru Road, the Canadian Pacific Railway to the West, Bronte Street to the South, Derry Street to the East and Ontario Street to the Northeast (map 1 below).

Staff has initiated Phase 1 with an assessment of the low-density residential neighbourhoods within the Downtown Character Area (part of the Old Milton Neighbourhood) and the low-density residential properties fronting onto Martin Street, between Main Street and Steeles Ave. This section of Martin Street has been identified as an important connector and gateway to the Downtown.

After completion of Phase 1 staff will establish the necessary steps to undertake Phase 2 to assess other mature neighbourhoods within the Established Urban Area.

Mature Neighbourhood Map

Why are we doing this?

Rapid growth in Milton has resulted in pressure for intensification within Milton and significant interest in redevelopment in its mature neighbourhoods. Milton is beginning to experience the construction of large-scale residential rebuilds, significant renovations and large additions or demolitions to buildings in order to make way for larger homes. This has raised public concern about the character and integrity of Milton’s mature neighbourhoods.

The Mature Neighbourhoods Character Study responds to this concern by identify the qualities and characteristics influencing the town’s mature neighbourhoods. By reviewing applicable policies, regulations and by-laws this study will allow us to assess relevance and identify potential opportunities to enhance and improve the management of neighbourhood character issues related to development applications. 

There will be future opportunities to get involved in the study.
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For more information, please contact:

Hugo Rincon, Planner, Policy & Urban Design
905-878-7252, ext. 2307
Email: Planning and Development