Mature Neighbourhoods Character Study

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By completing this survey, we invite you to share your input about what you value about the character of your neighbourhood.

Neighbourhood Walking Tours have been completed - Thank you to all who participated!

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, six walking tours were carried out, in which residents had an opportunity to identify features and elements that define their neighbourhoods. 

The information collected is valuable and will inform the development of recommendations to better manage development and change in the area.

There will be future opportunities to get involved in the study.

Walking Tour Map

Planning staff has divided the Study Area into seven (7) sub areas based on staff research, site visits and preliminary analysis. Six (6) neighbourhood walking tours will be held to introduce the study, discuss aspects of character in a residential setting, and consider the opinion of residents.

 Neighbourhood Walking Tours Map

Walking Tour Details
Walking Tour 1 - The Victoria Park Neighbourhood
Date: September 18, 2018
Time: 5:00 – 6:30PM
Walking Tour 1 Handout 
Walking Tour 2 - The Lower East Neighbourhood
Date: September 20, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 7:30PM
Walking Tour 2 Handout 
Walking Tour 3 - The Martin Gateway Corridor
Date: September 25, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 7:30PM
Walking Tour 3 Handout 
Walking Tour 4 - The South Central Neighbourhood
Date: September 27, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 7:30PM
Walking Tour 4 Handout 
Walking Tour 5 - The Mill Quarter Neighbourhood
Date: October 2, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 7:30PM
Walking Tour 5 Handout 
Walking Tour 6 - The Victory Village Neighbourhood
Date: October 4, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 7:30PM
Walking Tour 6 Handout 

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?

The geographic focus of the study is the Town’s stable low-density neighbourhoods within the Established Urban Area, identified in the Future Urban Structure. The Established Urban Area represent the area bounded by Highway 401 to the North, Peru Road, the Canadian Pacific Railway to the West, Bronte Street to the South, Derry Street to the East and Ontario Street to the Northeast (map 1 below).

Staff has initiated Phase 1 with an assessment of the low-density residential neighbourhoods within the Downtown Character Area (part of the Old Milton Neighbourhood) and the low-density residential properties fronting onto Martin Street, between Main Street and Steeles Ave. This section of Martin Street has been identified as an important connector and gateway to the Downtown.

After completion of Phase 1 staff will establish the necessary steps to undertake Phase 2 to assess other mature neighbourhoods within the Established Urban Area.

Mature Neighbourhood Map

Why are we doing this?

Rapid growth in Milton has resulted in pressure for intensification within Milton and significant interest in redevelopment in its mature neighbourhoods. Milton is beginning to experience the construction of large-scale residential rebuilds, significant renovation and large additions or demolition to buildings in order to make way for larger homes. This has raised public concern about the character and integrity of Milton’s mature neighbourhoods. The Mature Neighbourhoods Character Study responds to this concern by identify the qualities and characteristics influencing the town’s mature neighbourhoods. By reviewing applicable policies, regulations and by-laws this study will allow us to assess relevance and identify potential opportunities to enhance and improve the management of neighbourhood character issues related to development applications. 

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For more information, please contact:

Hugo Rincon, Planner, Policy & Urban Design
905-878-7252, ext. 2307
Email: Planning and Development