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

On Oct. 19, 2020 Milton Council enacted Official Plan Amendment No. 60 (By-law No. 080-2020), updating policies to better manage development in Milton's mature neighbourhoods and character areas. For the full amendment, view the Council report. The amendment applies to the locations in all three phases listed below.

Currently, we're seeking feedback on proposed Zoning By-law amendments for the Mountainview neighbourhood and the residential section of Old Milton, located north of the Downtown Character Area and west of Ontario Street, as well as the Fallingbrook, Forrest Grove, Bronte Meadows and Valley View neighbourhoods located south of the Downtown Character Area. The community is encouraged to use the Let's Talk Milton mapping tool to provide feedback. Engagement closes on June 14.

Proposed Zoning By-law changes

Find your property of our engagement map to determine which zoned you reside in. You can leave feedback and comments on the map for staff's consideration. Full details of what is proposed are included in the PDFs below, categorized by zone.

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 one

Phase one is now complete and includes the low-density residential neighbourhoods within the Downtown Character Area and the residential properties fronting onto Martin Street. The approved Zoning By-law Amendment (By-law No. 081-2020) introduces new standards that apply to low-density residential development in the Downtown Character Area. For the full amendment, view the Council report.

Phase two

Phase two includes the Mountainview neighbourhood and the residential section of Old Milton, located north of the Downtown Character Area and west of Ontario Street.

Milton Council endorsed the Mountainview Background Report at the virtual Council meeting on July 20, 2020. A statutory public meeting for the proposed Zoning By-law amendments that apply to these neighbourhoods took place on May 31, 2021. For the proposed Zoning By-law amendment, view the Council report. The public can provide feedback on the proposed changes using the mapping tool.

Phase three

Phase three includes the Fallingbrook, Forrest Grove, Bronte Meadows, Valley View, Dorset Park and Timberlea neighbourhoods.

A statutory public meeting for the proposed Zoning By-law amendments that apply to the Fallingbrook, Forrest Grove, Bronte Meadows, and the Valley View neighbourhoods took place on May 31, 2020. For the proposed Zoning By-law amendment, view the Council report. The public can also provide feedback on the proposed changes using the mapping tool.

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.

Community engagement

For engagement opportunities, please visit  LetsTalkMilton.ca/CharacterStudy. 

Sign up to our mailing list to stay informed and get project updates.