The long-awaited Milton Education Village, which will include post-secondary institutions Conestoga College and Laurier University, moved a big step closer to reality when its associated secondary plan was approved by Milton Council in mid-December.
The notion of a post-secondary institution in Milton was originally conceived in the mid-1990s by the Council of the day as part of the award-winning Destiny Milton long-term municipal planning exercise. Milton Education Village was originally developed in 2007.
The Village integrates a complete community and mixed-use innovation district, anchored by a post- secondary education campus. The secondary plan provides for a mix of residential, commercial, retail, institutional and employment uses in a walkable urban village.
Town of Milton planning staff also received approval from Council to seek a Minister’s Zoning Order (MZO) from the Government of Ontario to expedite the core development of the Village, which includes the post- secondary campus, long-term care and hospice facilities, and critical commercial, retail and residential mass to support a transit system.
Over the last year, Milton MPP Parm Gill, Milton Mayor Gord Krantz, Ward 2 Regional Councillor Rick Malboeuf, Ward 2 Local Councillor John Challinor II and Milton CAO Andrew Siltala were deeply engaged and ultimately successful in moving Laurier University and Conestoga College towards a workable solution for both, as their participation is critical to the Village’s eventual development.
The Village will be located within the Sustainable Halton Urban Area, specifically west of Tremaine Road, north of Britannia Road, south of Derry Road and generally east of Bell School Line. CR