Milton puts temporary freeze on development in older areas


Published October 20, 2020 at 3:49 pm

Milton councillors have slapped a temporary freeze on development that will affect several older neighbourhoods and at the same time approved new guidelines to control what gets built downtown.

The new rules enacted yesterday are meant to protect Milton’s mature neighbourhoods and preserve the character of downtown. The Interim Control By-law will last one year, enough time Town officials believe will give them to come up with a permanent solution to deal with development issues.

The by-law applies to the Mountainview, Mountain View Survey, Fallingbrook, Forrest Grove, Bronte Meadows, Valley View, Dorset Park and Timberlea neighbourhoods. The new zoning measures for downtown will give the Town more authority over residential development in the area.

The moves come as a result of increased pressure to make way for new housing projects in Milton that has been met with some resistance by long-time residents of the community and follows a lengthy study on the future of development in the area.

“The Mature Neighbourhoods Character Study is well underway and the Interim Control By-law provides staff with space to address a legitimate planning challenge and its impact on the character of Milton’s mature neighbourhoods,” said Barb Koopmans, Commissioner, Development Services. “This By-law temporarily restricts the level of change permitted in stable neighbourhoods until the necessary policies that reflect community interests and support the character of each neighbourhood are in place.”

Developments that are already in the works may be exempted from the new regulations.

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