The Mature Neighbourhoods Character Study’s goal is to understand, with community input, the elements that add to neighbourhood character. The Study assesses the Town's Official Plan and Zoning By-laws to find out if they effectively manage development and maintain the character of mature neighbourhoods in Milton.

Rapid growth in Milton has resulted in development pressure and significant interest in redevelopment in Milton’s mature neighbourhoods. This has lead to large residential developments, property renovations, additions and demolitions to accommodate large homes. This development has raised public concern about the character and future of our mature neighbourhoods. Through the Study’s review of policies, regulations and by-laws, as well as identifying neighbourhood characteristics, we can improve how development applications manage neighbourhood character issues.

Current status

Town-initiated Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment

At the Oct. 19 Milton Council meeting, Council enacted Town-initiated Official Plan Amendment No. 60 (By-law No. 080-2020) and Zoning By-law Amendment (By-law No. 081-2020). For the full amendments, view the Council report (DS-043-20).

  • The Official Plan Amendment updates policies to better manage development in Milton's mature neighbourhoods and character areas.
  • The Zoning By-law Amendment introduces new standards that apply to low-density residential development in the Downtown Character Area.

Interim Control By-law

On Oct. 19, 2020, Milton Council adopted an Interim Control By-law (ICBL) under Section 38 of the Planning Act. The IBCL applies to the Mountainview, Mountain View Survey, Fallingbrook, Forrest Grove, Bronte Meadows, Valley View, Dorset Park and Timberlea neighbouhoods as identified on the map that is attached to By-law 082-2020.

The Interim Control By-law temporarily prohibits development in the Town's mature neighbourhoods for one year (until Oct. 19 2021), while the Town completes Phases 2 and 3 of the Mature Neighbourhoods Study. There are some exceptions. For more information about the ICBL, read our FAQs and the full Council report (DS-044-20).

About the study

We are assessing Milton’s stable, low-density neighbourhoods within the Established Urban Area. The Established Urban Area represents the area bounded by Highway 401 to the north, Peru Road and the Canadian Pacific Railway to the west, Bronte Street to the south, Derry Road to the east and Ontario Street to the northeast.

Phase 1

Milton Council endorsed the Mature Neighbourhoods Character Study Update Report on April 15, 2019. Council directed staff to prepare the policy and regulatory documents, and to consult with the public, before providing the proposed amendments for Council's consideration. For a copy of the staff report, please contact us.
 Phase 2
Milton Council endorsed the  Mature Neighbourhoods Character Study Update and Phase 2 – Mountainview Background Report at the virtual Council meeting on July 20, 2020. Council directed staff to prepare the policy and regulatory document, and to consult with the public, before providing the proposed amendments for Council's consideration. For a copy of the staff report, please contact us.
 Phase 3

The Study will proceed with the assessment of the Fallingbrook, Forrest Grove, Bronte Meadows, Valley View, Dorset Park and Timberlea neighbouhoods. Stay tuned! 

Community engagement

For engagement opportunities, please visit  LetsTalkMilton.ca/CharacterStudy. Sign up to our mailing list to stay informed and get project updates.

 Public meetings
The Town of Milton hosted three public open houses to provide residents, and anyone interested in the Study, an opportunity to review the draft recommendations for policy, by-law and development review process amendments relating to neighbourhood character and infill and development within the Phase 1 Study area. The public open houses were held on Dec. 5 and Dec. 12 and Jan. 9, 2020. 

Public open houses were held on May 2 and April 29, 2019. Participants could review the summary feedback from the Study, learn the findings of the technical review, hear about the next steps and provide comments. 

For a copy of the display boards from the open houses, please contact us.

 Neighbourhood walking tours
We discussed the purpose of the Study with residents and collected more information about the area during walking tours. Residents identified features that define their neighbourhoods. For a copy of the walking tour handouts and routes, please contact us.