News Release

Milton Council enacted an Official Plan amendment, Zoning By-law amendment and Interim Control By-law (ICBL) at the Oct. 19 Council meeting to protect the Town’s mature neighbourhoods and character areas.

Town staff initiated the Mature Neighbourhoods Character Study in April 2018, in response to Council’s direction to review Town policies and regulations relating to the construction of new dwellings and additions and recommend appropriate changes to protect character.

An interim control by-law is a tool available to Ontario municipalities, in accordance with the Planning Act. It allows for an opportunity to place a temporary pause on development of certain lands while a municipality studies or reviews land-use policies.

In response to ongoing development pressure, Milton Council enacted an Interim Control By-law to temporarily prohibit development for one year, while the Town completes Phases 2 and 3 of the Mature Neighbourhoods Character Study. The ICBL applies to the Mountainview, Mountain View Survey, Fallingbrook, Forrest Grove, Bronte Meadows, Valley View, Dorset Park and Timberlea neighbourhoods. There are some exceptions and exemptions to the ICBL.

“The Mature Neighbourhoods Character Study is well underway and the Interim Control By-law provides staff with space to address a legitimate planning challenge and its impact on the character of Milton’s mature neighbourhoods,” said Barb Koopmans, Commissioner, Development Services. “This By-law temporarily restricts the level of change permitted in stable neighbourhoods until the necessary policies that reflect community interests and support the character of each neighbourhood are in place.”

Phase 1 of the Study addressed the Downtown Character Area and is now complete with the Council-approved Zoning By-law Amendment that introduces new standards for residential development in the area.

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