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Have your say on the proposed planning vision and guiding principles

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. Now, we need your feedback! You can have your say about the proposed planning vision and guiding principles, until Oct. 9, by sharing what the proposed vision means to you using the stories tool at the bottom of this page.

Thank you to everyone who attended our virtual open house on Sept. 30! If you missed the it, click here to watch a recording of the event.

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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.

The We Make Milton characters describe what Choice Shapes Us means to them.


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

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. Now, we need your feedback! You can have your say about the proposed planning vision and guiding principles, until Oct. 9, by sharing what the proposed vision means to you using the stories tool at the bottom of this page.

Thank you to everyone who attended our virtual open house on Sept. 30! If you missed the it, click here to watch a recording of the event.

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.

The We Make Milton characters describe what Choice Shapes Us means to them.


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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    A walk through the Escarpment View Lands in 2030.

    by Wendy, about 2 months ago

    It is a sunny Saturday afternoon in August, 2030. I’m waiting for some friends at the new picnic area on what was the former Jannock brick property. We have decided to check out the new “gateway” park.

    I have arrived early. I want time with my memories before my friends get here. I was here with my grandmother many years ago. We harvested giant puffballs before the New Tremaine Road was built. Gran had shown me where one of a few brick plant used to be. She described how she had watched the land change over forty years, the trees... Continue reading

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    Spiritual/Prayer Spaces added to Public Spaces

    by Tabassum, about 2 months ago

    Milton is a beautiful and diverse Town to live in. I would love to see spiritual/prayer rooms added to public spaces such as community centres, libraries, the hospital and so forth, so that members of any faith group can utilize and take advantage of when they are in these spaces. This would allow members of any faith group to practice their religion freely in a designated area in the public space & this would create a sense of inclusion in Milton.

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    Sports and recreational activities for all ages

    by NaeemKhiyani, about 2 months ago

    Milton is growing and has been welcoming new families from different cultures and backgrounds. Milton has provided several indoor and outdoor activities for Miltonians of all ages, however with many new families are moving in, sports facilities are in the high demand.

    We would need more grounds with sports activities and indoor racketball courts.

    Milton would also need to have more cultural events to engage new families, and it would be considered as a framework to provide networking opportunities and to make new friends.

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    Outdoor Recreation

    by Snops7, about 2 months ago

    My wife, 2 young children and myself moved out to Milton to be closer to outdoor recreation opportunities. Our town is in a unique position within the GTA to be tapping into this unrealized potential with the proximity to the Escarpment (several Conservation Halton Parks within the Town's Borders) and other town assets such as the Velodrome that encourage outdoor recreation.

    Outdoor recreation is different than Parks and Recreation.

    The activities that make up outdoor recreation are hunting, fishing, camping, off roading, motor cycling, snow sports, water sports, trail sports and wildlife viewing. According to the Canadian Outdoor Recreation Trade... Continue reading

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    Youth and Lower income community members are important too!

    by KP05, 2 months ago
    It came to my attention while reading the report that affordable housing, and supporting our youth came last on the list. This to me is a huge mistake. The youth of today, are our adults of tomorrow. If they do not have the supports and resources they need to be healthy, both mentally and physically we are going to run into more problems further down the line.


    As for affordable housing, that to me means that it's affordable for single income families as well. Take for example the amount of single parents who live in Milton. And how they are... Continue reading

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    Triple Bottom Line

    by MiltonSciMom, 2 months ago

    I would like to see more commitment to sustainable development as we move forward and looking at projects through the valuation of ecosystem services and a triple bottom line sustainability lens. It would be nice if there was more longterm, forward thinking considerations.

    As a Mom who spent countless hours commuting to work and driving around to take kids to activities, get groceries, etc. when looking at current development proposals, I would like to see our town moving away from car-centric sprawl and creating more connected bike and active transport routes that are protected or completely separate from cars and... Continue reading

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    Transit systems

    by Greener, 3 months ago

    , I was in the public transit industry for 15 years I hate to say this as the community grows have we thought about how how inefficient the transit system is .


    It has no good connections, old buses , small garage can’t grow I would suggest Milton transit Oakville Burlington come under one umbrella as halton transit and build rapid ways or in the next 5 years it is going to get messy. More connections with are surrounding borders mi way , Brampton etc.

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    Let’s think before we build

    by jemharris1975, 3 months ago

    With each new development I can’t help but see that each new subdivision, the final result is a carbon copy of the last. Same houses, same plazas, same stores, same roads etc. The design of these new communities have no character. Because we live at the foot of such a beautiful landscape (the escapement) we could do a better job planning unique and thoughtfully planned neighborhoods. Our streetscapes are very cold and they are not maintained. Look at other cities such as Guelph, they do a great job of preserving the natural habitat of surrounding areas within their neighborhoods while... Continue reading

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    Growing Together

    by mereg79, 3 months 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, 3 months 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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