Council endorsed the conceptual land use plan and policy framework for the Milton Education Village (MEV) lands on Sept. 10.
it is located south of Derry Road, west of Tremaine Road and north of Britannia Road, adjacent to the Niagara Escarpment.
Wilfrid Laurier University president and vice chancellor, Deborah MacLatchy, and vice president finance and administration, Deborah Dubenofsky, attended the meeting to provide Council with a brief presentation and reaffirm their continued partnership extending the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Laurier and Milton for another three years.
“The MEV is being planned as a complete community. That means it will be a place where residents’ daily needs can be met close to their homes, where they can walk, bike, ride transit or travel by car to local jobs, shopping, learning, recreation, entertainment and other amenities,” said Jill Hogan, director policy planning and urban design. “Milton’s preliminary land use concept and framework will guide this vision and support Laurier and Conestoga in establishing an innovative academic centre of excellence within the MEV.”
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Milton officially re-initiated the secondary planning process in 2017 and with Laurier receiving Provincial funding in 2018, the Town has created a number of engagement opportunities to get the community involved in each stage of the planning process for this site.
Beginning with a well-attended community meeting and workshop event hosted at the Milton Education Village (MEV) Innovation Centre in January, Town staff have been working to collect feedback for this preliminary concept plan.
Following this workshop session, staff undertook a “Tour de Milton” engagement initiative that provided additional opportunities for the public to provide feedback and share their ideas by placing public feedback boards in locations across the community and encouraging community input online.
“Throughout this process we have focused on extensive engagement to ensure that the community’s priorities for the MEV were incorporated into our land use concept and framework,” says Barb Koopmans, commissioner planning and development. “We know that the community wants a vibrant, complete community that is walkable, bikable, and offers a range of housing. They envision an innovation hub that integrates seamlessly with the university, college and the local businesses that surround it. They are looking for small, accessible parks and urban squares where they can spend time with strong connections to the rest of the community. We considered all of this feedback, as well as an in-depth analysis collected from a number of studies to establish a concept that will help this vision become a reality.”