Official Plan

What is the Official Plan?

The Official Plan is a policy document that is intended to serve as Council's primary tool for making land use decisions and managing change in the Town.

It sets out a vision for the community based on long-term goals and objectives. All public works, by-laws, including the Town's Comprehensive Zoning By-law, and land use approvals must conform with the Town's Official Plan to ensure that Council's vision is consistently implemented.

The policies and designations of the Official Plan are intended to manage change and guide development in the Town for a 20-year period.

Municipalities are generally required to review their Official Plans every five years. The purpose of this regular review is to ensure that the policies remain current and respond appropriately to the changing circumstances and emerging trends which impact the Town.

Official Plan Amendments

Amendments to the Official Plan are sometimes necessary when the Plan does not contain policies that address new Provincial and Regional policy directions, local issues and opportunities or specific development proposals.

In these cases, the Official Plan can be altered through an Official Plan Amendment (OPA) process. The OPA process allows for amendments to the Plan to be evaluated and to be presented to the public before changes are approved.

Official Plan Review

The current Official Plan was adopted by Council on August 26, 1996 and approved by Halton Region on December 14, 1997 with deferrals. The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) granted further approvals on July 19, 1999. Since then,  the 1997 Official Plan has been consolidated to include a series of approved Official Plan Amendments (OPAs).

Conformity Amendment - Official Plan Amendment No. 31

At a Special Council Meeting on June 14, 2010, Town Council passed By-law No. 069-2010. This by-law adopted OPA 31, being an amendment to bring the Town's Official Plan into conformity with the Province's Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe as well as Halton Region's Sustainable Halton Plan (Regional Official Plan Amendment 38). Prior to adoption, Section 5.3.3.10 was further amended by Council by Verbal Resolution #630-10.

The approval of OPA 31 by Halton Region was stalled pending provincial review and approval of Regional Official Plan Amendment No. 38 (“ROPA 38”), and then while defending ROPA 38 at the Ontario Municipal Board over several years. Subsequently, Regional staff has worked with Town Staff to identify modifications to OPA 31 to ensure its conformity with the substantially approved version of ROPA 38.

The proposed Regional modifications to OPA 31 were presented through Staff Report PD-029-18 at the Council Meeting on June 18, 2018. Council endorsed the proposed regional modifications to OPA 31 as set out Appendix 1, Schedule A of the staff report.

The proposed regional modifications to OPA 31 are provided as a "tracked change" Consolidation of the Town of Milton Official Plan in Appendix 2 of the Staff Report.

Obtaining a copy of the Official Plan

The latest Office Consolidation (August, 2008) of the 1997 Official Plan is available in print by request, for purchase, at the Town of Milton's Planning and Development Department (150 Mary Street, Milton, 2nd floor).

The August 2008 Office Consolidation includes Official Plan Amendments 1-28. To inquire about any of the amendments, or request information about the latest consolidation, please contact the Planning and Development Department using the contact information on this page.

  1. Official Plan - Text Only
  2. Official Plan Schedules:

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