Recognizing the community is on a path of growth unlike any other municipality in Canada, Milton Council’s Committee of the Whole unanimously endorsed Milton’s First Principles of Growth at their meeting May 8, 2017. The seven principles will guide planning for growth and municipal decision making as Milton prepares to embark on a new Official Plan later this year.
Milton’s First Principles of Growth are part of new document, Building a Complete Community, that highlights the uniqueness Milton’s young, educated population and underscores the importance of a shared vision and partnerships with other levels of government to deliver Made in Milton solutions to address challenges facing the community.
“We’ve always advocated for the needs of Milton, but we’ve never had a document that pulled it all together like this,” said Milton Mayor Gord Krantz. “Milton will continue on a path of growth with the population expected to double by 2031, so it’s important that we’re clear about how we will maintain the quality of life that makes Milton so attractive to young, educated and active residents.”
Among the advocacy items highlighted in the document is a call for all-day, two-way GO Train service, support to stop the CN Intermodal Logistics Hub project at its proposed location in Milton and a call to ensure that regional capital infrastructure projects are timed to support growth. “The five themes and related action items (such as the Town’s position on the proposed CN Intermodal Terminal) are not new, but they have never been brought together in one document before,” Jodie Sales, manager of corporate communications and marketing said.
Building a Complete Community also highlights some important accomplishments recently announced for Milton. These include: the announcement of a university-led post-secondary campus at the Milton Education Village, the Milton District Hospital expansion (opening Fall 2017), the announcement of five new schools to be built in Milton, 15-minute peak period GO Train service (outbound to Union in the morning, inbound to Milton in the evening), and planned enhancements to Highway 401.
For more information about Milton’s vision for a complete community visit www.milton.ca/