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Have your say on the proposed planning vision and guiding principles

The We Make Milton Visioning Report marks the end of Phases 1 and 2 of our new Official Plan project. Now, we need your feedback! Over the next month, you can have your say about the proposed planning vision and guiding principles by:

Thanks to tremendous community feedback, we've crafted a new planning vision and guiding principles to the year 2051. Click here to view a copy of the full We Make Milton Visioning Report.

Engagement statistics graphic


Proposed vision statement

A new vision statement has been prepared for Milton's Official Plan. It has been crafted to reflect the things we heard are important to our community. It builds on Milton’s attributes and the community’s priorities and is intended to be realistic, yet aspirational. Share your feedback and let us know what the proposed vision statement means to you, using the stories tool at the bottom of this page.

Graphic to represent Choice Shapes Us, the proposed vision statement

What does it mean?

The proposed vision statement means that the need for choice will inform how Milton physically changes in terms of land uses and built form. It will guide how we make decisions about the future of our community to the year 2051.

What it DOES mean

What it DOES NOT mean

Milton offers so much choice in terms of where and how our community can live, work, move and grow. Choice is important to Miltonians and the need to make individual choices will shape our future.

Choices have already been made for Miltonians by municipal staff and elected officials, and these predetermined choices will shape our future.

We are a diverse community and our choices will be diverse, too. Sometimes our choices will coincide. Sometimes our choices will differ. Making choices will involve compromise and trade-offs. Still, the Official Plan will value the importance of choice.

Everyone in Milton will be happy because everyone will get all of the choices that they want for living, moving, working and growing by 2051.

The new Official Plan will allow for choice through a flexible policy framework that is performance/results-based. Development applications will be evaluated in a flexible but consistent manner, in accordance with provincial policy, to enable good development.

Anything goes in Milton in terms of development applications, regardless of provincial policy and market realities. The Official Plan will permit anything and everything, no matter what.



Proposed guiding principles

The vision statement will be supported by the following set of guiding principles, which identify more specific directions for protecting and enhancing the community’s core values and priorities. The proposed guiding principles have been created based on the proposed vision and the ideas we heard from the community. For a more detailed description of what we mean by each of the guiding principles, please review the full We Make Milton Visioning Report.

How will the vision and guiding principles be used?

The proposed vision statement and guiding principles will serve two key purposes over the remainder of the We Make Milton project:

1. Provide the basis for the policy development: In Phase 3 of the new Official Plan project, a series of technical reports will be prepared which will identify key planning issues and various policy options to address them. The vision and guiding principles will be used to evaluate various policy options and identify recommended policy directions. The recommended policy directions will guide the creation of new planning policies.

2. Be included in the new Official Plan: In Phase 4, a new Official Plan will be drafted and, as the underpinning to all policy direction, the vision and guiding principles will be presented upfront in the document. More specific goals and objectives will be prepared that further support the overall vision statement. While these components (vision, principles, goals and objectives) won’t be interpreted as planning policy, they will help ensure that all of the Official Plan policies work together with consistency and purpose.


About the project

So far, most of the work for our new Official Plan project has focused on collecting information and ideas from the community that will help articulate a renewed planning vision for Milton.

Phase 1 (Listening and Learning) involved a broad conversation about priorities, ideas, knowledge, preferences, concerns and aspirations for how and where Milton should grow. Phase 2 (Visioning) provided an open forum for residents, businesses and other stakeholders to share specific ideas about our planning vision.

Watch this video to meet the Miltons and their friends. They are proud and active members of our community that live around Milton and have different local interests. They are getting involved in the new Official Plan project, a policy initiative that will manage Milton's growth for the next 20 years. Through the We Make Milton engagement process, the new Official Plan's modern land-use vision and framework will be crafted locally, in partnership with the community.

Subscribe to the We Make Milton email list to receive project updates

Fill out the contact form to contact the project team

Have your say on the proposed planning vision and guiding principles

The We Make Milton Visioning Report marks the end of Phases 1 and 2 of our new Official Plan project. Now, we need your feedback! Over the next month, you can have your say about the proposed planning vision and guiding principles by:

Thanks to tremendous community feedback, we've crafted a new planning vision and guiding principles to the year 2051. Click here to view a copy of the full We Make Milton Visioning Report.

Engagement statistics graphic


Proposed vision statement

A new vision statement has been prepared for Milton's Official Plan. It has been crafted to reflect the things we heard are important to our community. It builds on Milton’s attributes and the community’s priorities and is intended to be realistic, yet aspirational. Share your feedback and let us know what the proposed vision statement means to you, using the stories tool at the bottom of this page.

Graphic to represent Choice Shapes Us, the proposed vision statement

What does it mean?

The proposed vision statement means that the need for choice will inform how Milton physically changes in terms of land uses and built form. It will guide how we make decisions about the future of our community to the year 2051.

What it DOES mean

What it DOES NOT mean

Milton offers so much choice in terms of where and how our community can live, work, move and grow. Choice is important to Miltonians and the need to make individual choices will shape our future.

Choices have already been made for Miltonians by municipal staff and elected officials, and these predetermined choices will shape our future.

We are a diverse community and our choices will be diverse, too. Sometimes our choices will coincide. Sometimes our choices will differ. Making choices will involve compromise and trade-offs. Still, the Official Plan will value the importance of choice.

Everyone in Milton will be happy because everyone will get all of the choices that they want for living, moving, working and growing by 2051.

The new Official Plan will allow for choice through a flexible policy framework that is performance/results-based. Development applications will be evaluated in a flexible but consistent manner, in accordance with provincial policy, to enable good development.

Anything goes in Milton in terms of development applications, regardless of provincial policy and market realities. The Official Plan will permit anything and everything, no matter what.



Proposed guiding principles

The vision statement will be supported by the following set of guiding principles, which identify more specific directions for protecting and enhancing the community’s core values and priorities. The proposed guiding principles have been created based on the proposed vision and the ideas we heard from the community. For a more detailed description of what we mean by each of the guiding principles, please review the full We Make Milton Visioning Report.

How will the vision and guiding principles be used?

The proposed vision statement and guiding principles will serve two key purposes over the remainder of the We Make Milton project:

1. Provide the basis for the policy development: In Phase 3 of the new Official Plan project, a series of technical reports will be prepared which will identify key planning issues and various policy options to address them. The vision and guiding principles will be used to evaluate various policy options and identify recommended policy directions. The recommended policy directions will guide the creation of new planning policies.

2. Be included in the new Official Plan: In Phase 4, a new Official Plan will be drafted and, as the underpinning to all policy direction, the vision and guiding principles will be presented upfront in the document. More specific goals and objectives will be prepared that further support the overall vision statement. While these components (vision, principles, goals and objectives) won’t be interpreted as planning policy, they will help ensure that all of the Official Plan policies work together with consistency and purpose.


About the project

So far, most of the work for our new Official Plan project has focused on collecting information and ideas from the community that will help articulate a renewed planning vision for Milton.

Phase 1 (Listening and Learning) involved a broad conversation about priorities, ideas, knowledge, preferences, concerns and aspirations for how and where Milton should grow. Phase 2 (Visioning) provided an open forum for residents, businesses and other stakeholders to share specific ideas about our planning vision.

Watch this video to meet the Miltons and their friends. They are proud and active members of our community that live around Milton and have different local interests. They are getting involved in the new Official Plan project, a policy initiative that will manage Milton's growth for the next 20 years. Through the We Make Milton engagement process, the new Official Plan's modern land-use vision and framework will be crafted locally, in partnership with the community.

Subscribe to the We Make Milton email list to receive project updates

Fill out the contact form to contact the project team

What does 'Choice Shapes Us' mean to you?

After reading our proposed planning vision statement on this page (scroll up), we'd like to hear what it means to you. When you think about the future of Milton, what does "Choice Shapes Us" mean to you, to your friends and to your family? Take a few moments to share your ideas below.  


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    Growing Together

    by mereg79, about 14 hours ago

    As Milton continues to grow I want to make sure that plans are made so that:

    - greenspace is protected and prioritized

    - there is a variety of housing options that consider affordability and different demographics

    - neighborhoods are built with adequate parking in single family homes (when only 1 spot us available it results in unsightly parking on lawns or unsafe parking below the sidewalk)

    - small businesses flourish because bigger businesses are here too

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    The way forward!

    by Marie Clements, 2 days ago
    I moved to Milton three years ago from St. Catherines. I am just totally blown away by the growth and cultural diversity in Milton. There’s a positive vibe here, created by the growth and cultural diversity of some many you g families. Beautifully located, Milton sits on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment.

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