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.

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.

Current status - Dorset Park and Timberlea neighbourhoods

Staff sought residents’ comments and feedback on the proposed Zoning By-law amendment for the Dorset Park and Timberlea neighbourhoods on the Lets Talk Milton Mapping Tool.

A statutory public meeting for the proposed Zoning By-law amendment was held on Dec. 13, 2021. For details of the findings of the technical review and the proposed zoning provisions, view the Council report. A technical report recommending approval of the proposed Zoning By-law amendment will be scheduled in the near future.

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. The study assessed 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 is now concluded. The study assessed the Mountainview neighbourhood and the residential section of Old Milton located outside of the Downtown Character Area and west of Ontario Street North and South. The approved Zoning By-law Amendment (By-law 077-2021) introduces new standards that apply to these mature neighbourhood areas. For the complete amendment, view the Council report

Phase three

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

The review of the Fallingbrook, Forrest Grove, Bronte Meadows and Valley View neighbourhoods concluded with a Zoning By-law Amendment (By-law 077-2021) that introduces new standards that apply to these mature neighbourhoods. For the complete amendment, view the Council report.

Staff sought residents’ input on the proposed Zoning By-law amendment for the Dorset Park and Timberlea neighbourhoods. A statutory public meeting for the proposed Zoning By-law amendment was held on Dec. 13, 2021. For details of the findings of the technical review and the proposed zoning provisions, view the Council report. A technical report recommending approval of the proposed Zoning By-law amendment will be scheduled in the near future.

An Interim Control By-law temporarily prohibits certain forms of development in the Dorset Park and Timberlea neighbourhoods, while the Town completes Phase three.

Interim Control By-law

On Oct. 19, 2020, Milton Council adopted an Interim Control By-law (ICBL) under Section 38 of the Planning Act. For more information, read the Council report.

On October 4, 2021 Council extended the period during which Interim Control By-law 082-2020 will be in effect by five additional months, from October 19, 2021 to March 19, 2022. For more information, view the Council report.

Interim Control By-law 082-2020 currently applies to the Dorset Park and Timberlea neighbourhoods, as identified on the map that is attached to By-law 078-2021, while the Town completes Phase 3 of the Mature Neighbourhoods Character Study.

The exemption process to Interim Control By-law 082-2020, as outlined in Report DS-044-20, no longer applies.

Community engagement

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

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