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Building a Complete Community

In 2000, Milton set out on a path of growth unlike any other municipality in Canada. A small-town of 32,500 residents nestled at the base of the Niagara Escarpment was about to become one of Canada's fastest growing municipalities, welcoming a young, educated and diverse population of residents who looked to find a unique balance of work and life on the west side of the GTA.

Today, the community is home to a population of more than 110,000 and is expected to grow to 228,000 by the year 2031. For many, Milton is a place of possibility, welcoming new residents, businesses and visitors on a daily basis. Developing in a way that is unique to others, Milton has set out to build a complete community, based on our First Principles of Growth.

Achieving this plan requires a shared vision and partnerships with other levels of government.                        

Milton's First Principles of Growth

  1. Ensure that Town revenues match the cost of growth to ensure the financial stability of the municipality.
  2. Deliver a balanced residential/employment ratio of 1 job for every 2 residents, with an emphasis on jobs in the knowledge-based and innovation sectors.
  3. Plan passive and active recreation areas, and embrace the stewardship of green spaces and the natural environment.
  4. Provide for a variety of housing forms in the right places with an emphasis on intensification near transit supported locations.
  5. Deliver a steady flow of continuous and appropriate infrastructure investments to build and maintain Town assets.
  6. Advocate for timely, coordinated investments from the Province in transit and community infrastructure (schools, hospitals and highways).
  7. Encourage timely, coordinated investments in water, wastewater and regional roads from Halton Region.

Building a Complete Community Requires a Shared Vision and Action from All Levels of Government

 A safe and healthy community
  • Oppose the CN Intermodal Logistics Hub Project at its proposed location in Milton to ensure the long-term health and safety of the community.
 Enhanced transportation to move people and goods efficiently
  • Revisit uploading transit to Halton Region to ensure an efficient, integrated network between local municipalities.
  • Advocate for enhanced GO Transit Services from Metrolinx to connect our growing community to others in the GTA and beyond.
    • 2-way, all-day GO Train Service.
    • Improve existing GO Station access and parking management.
    • Commit to timing and support for two future GO Stations (Derry/Trafalgar and Tremaine/Steeles)
  • Continue to support the implementation of the GTA West Transportation Corridor Study.
 A community of innovation, education and health
  • Deliver appropriate funding to recognize Milton's commitment to break ground and establish a University-led post-secondary campus at the Milton Education Village.
  • Support the development of Escarpment View Park connecting historic downtown Milton to the Milton Education Village, Niagara Escarpment and Conservation Halton (Kelso).
  • Advocate for affordable and reliable broadband internet service in the rural area.
  • Promote the long-term viability and sustainability of Milton's rural and agricultural economies.
 Adequate funding to support growth
  •  Ensure regional capital infrastructure projects are funded and timed to support growth.
  • Partner with other levels of government to deliver long-term, predictable, well-timed community infrastructure funding to support sound asset management.
  • Permit a broader range of revenue sources for municipalities.
  • Address the capacity and modernization needs at the Milton Courthouse.
 Legislative changes to support long-term financial stability
  •  Ensure an adequate supply of future employment lands to balance non-residential with residential assessment growth.
  • Permit a diverse range of funding tools and partnerships between municipalities and developers.
  • Implement reforms to joint and several liability laws to help lower the financial burden on municipalities.
  • Reform interest arbitration related to Emergency Services to ensure increases are fair, equitable and affordable for the community.
  • Review provincial offences set fines and adjust annually to account for inflation.

Accomplishments

  • Milton District Hospital Expansion (Opening Fall 2017).
  • Announcement of 5 new schools to be built in Milton.
  • Announcement of University-led post-secondary institution for Milton.
  • 15-minute peak period GO Train service.
  • Planned interchange at Highway 401 and Tremaine Road.
  • Commencement of the initial phases of widening of Highway 401 through Milton.