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

Preserving Milton’s mature neighbourhoods

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 has raised public concerns 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.

Study area

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 Rd. and the Canadian Pacific Railway to the west, Bronte St. to the south, Derry St. to the east and Ontario St. to the northeast.

Status updates

Phase 1

Milton Council endorsed the Mature Neighbourhoods Character Study Update report on Monday, 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.

Phase 2

Town staff are 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. 

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Public meetings

The Town of Milton is hosting 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. Residents are invited to drop in at the open houses to share comments and provide further feedback.  We will be hosting public open houses on December 5 and December 12 and January 9, 2020.

Public Open Houses were held on May 2, 2019 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.

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.

 Phase 1 walking tours
 Phase 2 walking tours