Mature Neighbourhoods Character Study

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Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments

At the Oct. 19 Milton Council meeting, Council enacted Town-initiated Official Plan Amendment No. 60 (By-law No. 080-2020) and Zoning By-law Amendment (By-law No. 081-2020). For the full amendments, view the Council report (DS-043-20).

  • The Official Plan Amendment updates policies to better manage development in Milton's mature neighbourhoods and character areas.
  • The Zoning By-law Amendment introduces new standards that apply to low-density residential development in the Downtown Character Area.

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 (DS-044-20).

About the study

What is it?

Milton has initiated a Mature Neighbourhoods Character Study to gain a better understanding, with community input, of the elements and qualities that contribute to neighbourhood character. The study will assess whether the policies of the Official Plan and the regulatory framework of the Town’s Zoning By-law are effective in managing development and maintaining the character of mature neighbourhoods. The study will inform potential improvements to these and other tools.

Where is it?

Phase 1: The study area comprises the low-density residential neighbourhoods within the Downtown Character Area and the residential properties fronting onto Martin Street. Phase 1 is now complete.

Phase 2: The study area comprises the Mountain View neighbourhood and the residential section of Old Milton, located north of the Downtown Character Area and west of Ontario Street.

Phase 3: The study area comprises the Fallingbrook, Forrest Grove, Bronte Meadows, Valley View, Dorset Park and Timberlea neighbourhoods.

Reports

Statutory Public Meeting

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.

A statutory public meeting was held on August 24, 2020 where members of the public were invited to obtain information, make a verbal presentation and/or written submission to identify issues or concerns and or express their views in support of, or in opposition of, these amendments.

See the Public meeting notice.

Downtown Character Area Background Report

Milton Council endorsed the Downtown Character Area Background Report at the Council Meeting on Monday, April 15, 2019, and directed staff to prepare the implementing policy and regulatory documents and consult with the public prior to bringing the proposed amendments to Council for consideration. The staff report prepared for Council did not include a recommendation. A recommendation report will be presented to Council in the future.

Mountainview Background Report

Milton Council endorsed the Mountainview Background Report at the Virtual Council Meeting on Monday, July 20, 2020. The staff report prepared for Council did not include a recommendation. A recommendation report will be presented to Council in the future.

Public Open Houses

We’ve hosted public open houses on May 2, 2019 and April 29, 2019 where residents, and anyone interested in the study, had an opportunity to review and provide feedback on the key findings of Phase 1. Review the Display boards.

The Town hosted three additional public open houses on December 5 and 12, 2019 and January 9, 2020 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. Review the Display boards.

Neighbourhood walking tours

During Phase 1 and Phase 2, the neighbourhood walking tours provided an opportunity for Town staff to discuss the purpose of the study with residents and collect further information about the area under review. In total, nine walking tours were carried out, in which residents had an opportunity to identify features and elements that define their neighbourhoods.

Online surveys

During Phase 1 and Phase 2, we invited residents to share their input about what you value about the character of there neighbourhoods.

Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments

At the Oct. 19 Milton Council meeting, Council enacted Town-initiated Official Plan Amendment No. 60 (By-law No. 080-2020) and Zoning By-law Amendment (By-law No. 081-2020). For the full amendments, view the Council report (DS-043-20).

  • The Official Plan Amendment updates policies to better manage development in Milton's mature neighbourhoods and character areas.
  • The Zoning By-law Amendment introduces new standards that apply to low-density residential development in the Downtown Character Area.

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 (DS-044-20).

About the study

What is it?

Milton has initiated a Mature Neighbourhoods Character Study to gain a better understanding, with community input, of the elements and qualities that contribute to neighbourhood character. The study will assess whether the policies of the Official Plan and the regulatory framework of the Town’s Zoning By-law are effective in managing development and maintaining the character of mature neighbourhoods. The study will inform potential improvements to these and other tools.

Where is it?

Phase 1: The study area comprises the low-density residential neighbourhoods within the Downtown Character Area and the residential properties fronting onto Martin Street. Phase 1 is now complete.

Phase 2: The study area comprises the Mountain View neighbourhood and the residential section of Old Milton, located north of the Downtown Character Area and west of Ontario Street.

Phase 3: The study area comprises the Fallingbrook, Forrest Grove, Bronte Meadows, Valley View, Dorset Park and Timberlea neighbourhoods.

Reports

Statutory Public Meeting

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.

A statutory public meeting was held on August 24, 2020 where members of the public were invited to obtain information, make a verbal presentation and/or written submission to identify issues or concerns and or express their views in support of, or in opposition of, these amendments.

See the Public meeting notice.

Downtown Character Area Background Report

Milton Council endorsed the Downtown Character Area Background Report at the Council Meeting on Monday, April 15, 2019, and directed staff to prepare the implementing policy and regulatory documents and consult with the public prior to bringing the proposed amendments to Council for consideration. The staff report prepared for Council did not include a recommendation. A recommendation report will be presented to Council in the future.

Mountainview Background Report

Milton Council endorsed the Mountainview Background Report at the Virtual Council Meeting on Monday, July 20, 2020. The staff report prepared for Council did not include a recommendation. A recommendation report will be presented to Council in the future.

Public Open Houses

We’ve hosted public open houses on May 2, 2019 and April 29, 2019 where residents, and anyone interested in the study, had an opportunity to review and provide feedback on the key findings of Phase 1. Review the Display boards.

The Town hosted three additional public open houses on December 5 and 12, 2019 and January 9, 2020 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. Review the Display boards.

Neighbourhood walking tours

During Phase 1 and Phase 2, the neighbourhood walking tours provided an opportunity for Town staff to discuss the purpose of the study with residents and collect further information about the area under review. In total, nine walking tours were carried out, in which residents had an opportunity to identify features and elements that define their neighbourhoods.

Online surveys

During Phase 1 and Phase 2, we invited residents to share their input about what you value about the character of there neighbourhoods.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Thank you for telling us what you value about the character of your neighbourhood!

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Thank you for telling us what you value about the character of your neighbourhood!

    Survey is now closed
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