We Make Milton - Official Plan project

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On Feb. 8, 2021, Milton Council endorsed the vision statement and guiding principles for the Town's new Official Plan, greenlighting a modern, forward-looking land-use vision for the community to the year 2051. Milton's new land-use vision statement is:

Milton 2051: Choice Shapes Us
In 2051, Milton offers a diversity of options for how and where we live, work, move and grow. As we evolve, choice is what shapes us.

The new vision for Milton’s Official Plan has been crafted to reflect the things that the community and stakeholders deemed important and valuable, through extensive engagement. The vision builds on Milton’s attributes and the community’s priorities, and is intended to be realistic, yet aspirational.

The Council-approved We Make Milton Visioning Report is a major project milestone, marking the end of the second phase of the new Official Plan project. The Report details the vision statement, guiding principles, community feedback and results of significant public consultation efforts. Moving forward, the vision will provide the basis for policy development and be included in the new Official Plan, once drafted and approved.

The We Make Milton project is now moving into Phase 3: Big Questions, where staff will identify and answer critical policy questions about how to manage change to the year 2051 based on community input. Phase 3 includes detailed policy discussion and recommended policy directions for Milton’s new Official Plan. Four discussion papers will be drafted with recommended land-use planning policies that focus on four key themes developed through the visioning process – living, working, moving and growing in Milton.


What does Choice Shapes Us 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.



About We Make Milton

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

On Feb. 8, 2021, Milton Council endorsed the vision statement and guiding principles for the Town's new Official Plan, greenlighting a modern, forward-looking land-use vision for the community to the year 2051. Milton's new land-use vision statement is:

Milton 2051: Choice Shapes Us
In 2051, Milton offers a diversity of options for how and where we live, work, move and grow. As we evolve, choice is what shapes us.

The new vision for Milton’s Official Plan has been crafted to reflect the things that the community and stakeholders deemed important and valuable, through extensive engagement. The vision builds on Milton’s attributes and the community’s priorities, and is intended to be realistic, yet aspirational.

The Council-approved We Make Milton Visioning Report is a major project milestone, marking the end of the second phase of the new Official Plan project. The Report details the vision statement, guiding principles, community feedback and results of significant public consultation efforts. Moving forward, the vision will provide the basis for policy development and be included in the new Official Plan, once drafted and approved.

The We Make Milton project is now moving into Phase 3: Big Questions, where staff will identify and answer critical policy questions about how to manage change to the year 2051 based on community input. Phase 3 includes detailed policy discussion and recommended policy directions for Milton’s new Official Plan. Four discussion papers will be drafted with recommended land-use planning policies that focus on four key themes developed through the visioning process – living, working, moving and growing in Milton.


What does Choice Shapes Us 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.



About We Make Milton

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

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