Preserving Milton’s Mature Neighbourhoods

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.

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 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.

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.  Here is the Staff presentation.

Phase 2

Milton Council endorsed the  Mature Neighbourhoods Character Study Update and Phase 2 – Mountainview Background Report at the Virtual Council Meeting on Monday, July 20, 2020.  Here is the staff presentation.  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 3

The Study will proceed with the assessment of other mature neighbourhood areas within the Town.  Stay tuned! 

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  December 5 and December 12 and January 9, 2020. You can view the  Display boards.

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.  You can view these Display boards.

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

Stay involved

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

Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments

Development Services staff have initiated the local official plan and zoning by-law amendments proposing recommendations to better manage change and development in the study area.  Please view the proposed amendments here.