Concerned that the five current growth concepts developed by the Regional Municipality of Halton in support of its proposed new Official Plan fail to meet the Town of Milton’s growth requirements over the next 30 years, Ward 2 Local Councillor John Challinor II successfully urged Milton Council and Town staff to create and approve a made-in Milton growth concept for consideration this fall by Halton Regional Council.
Mr. Challinor’s motion to direct Town staff to work on an alternative growth concept was seconded by Ward 3 Regional Councillor Mike Cluett. The motion to approve the concept was seconded by Ward 2 Regional Councillor Rick Malboeuf. A strong majority of Council approved sending the Milton-developed concept to Halton Region for its consideration.
Called the “Halton Balanced” growth concept, the proposed plan will provide Milton with the residential and commercial development capacity to provide Miltonians with a range of market-based housing and an appropriate inventory of employment lands to help provide local jobs to 2051, while meeting the requirements of the Province of Ontario’s Places To Grow Act (2005).
The “Halton Balanced” approach developed by Town of Milton staff and endorsed by Council will also reduce regional and provincial pressure on Milton’s established and historic neighbourhoods to accept intensification, or densification, as Mr. Challinor refers to it, through medium-and high-density redevelopment. The Milton growth alternative would also more readily enable the establishment of new parks and other recreational amenities as well as institutional uses such as houses of worship and social services.
The “Halton Balanced” growth concept would support sustainable future growth in Milton and Halton Region by directing growth strategically by reinforcing intensification along transit corridors, supporting the efficient use of land adjacent to current and future regional infrastructure, ensuring an appropriate inventory of employment lands, increasing housing densities in greenfield area, and creating mixed-use, compact and complete neighbourhoods while protecting the Provincial Greenbelt, the Regional natural heritage system and a large proportion of agricultural lands in Milton. CR