At a June 22 meeting, Milton town council endorsed a “Halton Balanced” growth concept, in response to the region’s consultation of their five growth concepts as part of the Official Plan review.
Town staff was recently directed by council to develop an alternative to the growth options presented by the region that responds to Milton’s growth requirements by the year 2051 while supporting the town’s long-term sustainability.
“As a Town, we cannot accept any growth scenario that does not expand our existing employment lands supply,” said Milton Mayor, Gord Krantz.
“We are committed, through our long-term planning, to building a Milton where residents can live, work, and play. This is how we build complete communities.”
The report that was approved by council, presents the “Halton Balanced” growth concept that is supported by the province’s A Place to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2020 and the Provincial Land Needs Assessment Methodology for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2020.
“For Milton, a boundary expansion of the whitebelt is critical,” continued Mayor Krantz.
“This will ensure that Milton is able to strategically manage anticipated growth pressures and to ensure the proper use and allocation of land from now until 2051. The Halton Balanced plan supports short, medium, and long-term economic growth and stability not only locally, but also regionally.”
The growth concept would support sustainable future growth in the Town of Milton as well as Halton Region through several growth objectives including directing growth by reinforcing intensification along transit corridors and Major Transit Station Areas in the region, providing a market-based, realistic and achievable supply of housing for the region and facilitating the efficient use of land in line with existing and planned regional infrastructure.
Additionally, it would ensure a healthy inventory of employment lands, increase densities in greenfield areas and create mixed-use communities, while protecting the Provincial Greenbelt, the Region’s Natural Heritage System and a proportion of Agricultural lands in the region.
According to the town, Milton’s growth vision will enable a “highly sustainable, livable and prosperous community” by taking a planned approach towards building a complete community.
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