The proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment has been adopted by Regional Council on June 15, 2022, as Regional Official Plan Amendment (ROPA) 52. The decision to approve the ROPA was deemed final and binding on July 20, 2022. A notice of adoption was issued for RQ64A on June 29, 2022 (PDF file) with the last date of appeal being July 19, 2022. No notices of appeal were received by the Region. Details regarding the amendment are provided below.
Purpose of the Amendment:
The purpose of this Amendment is to add lands to the Urban Area to facilitate future Employment development within the area of the Town of Milton known as the Milton 401 Industrial / Business Park Secondary Plan Area. The result of the amendment is to incorporate into the Urban Area lands to be planned and developed for employment uses.
The lands subject to the ROPA application filed by Orlando Corporation on November 2, 2021 are a part of the property known as 8350 Esquesing Line in the Town of Milton. The lands are located within a part of the Town referred to as the ‘North Porta Lands’. The 8350 Esquesing property is generally bounded by Boston Church Road to the west, Esquesing Line to the east, James Snow Parkway to the south, and Lot 4 / Concession IV to the north. The specific lands subject to the ROPA application are located at the northern edge of the property and are bounded by the existing Urban Area designation to the south and the Protected Countryside boundary of Greenbelt Plan to the north. The subject lands are referred to as the ‘northern sliver’ lands in the application and are proposed to be added to the Urban Area in the Regional Official Plan.
A context map showing the location of the subject lands is shown below.
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The lands subject to the ROPA application are currently designated Regional Natural Heritage System and Agricultural Area in the Regional Official Plan. Further, they are located between the current boundary of the Urban Area (as defined by an existing watercourse) and the Greenbelt Plan Protected Countryside. As part of the ROPA and the concurrent local development applications, the Regional Natural Heritage System designation currently on the subject lands associated with a watercourse is proposed to be realigned to generally be adjacent to the Greenbelt Plan lands.
The proposed realignment of the watercourse would enable the lands south of the watercourse’s new location to be re-designated to ‘Urban Area’, thereby facilitating their development comprehensively with the remainder of 8350 Esquesing Line and the North Porta Lands. In this regard, the applicant is requesting a change in land use designation in the Regional Official Plan from Agricultural Area to Urban Area with an Employment Area overlay.
Regional Staff Reports:
Reports in Support of the Application:
- This ROPA application is related to the Town of Milton’s Milton 401 Industrial / Business Park Secondary Plan. For more information on the Secondary Plan, visit the Town’s website at www.milton.ca.
Virtual Public Information Centre and Virtual Statutory Public Meeting:
The virtual Public Information Centre held by the applicant included a brief presentation and provided the public an opportunity to review and discuss the proposed Amendment. The virtual Statutory Public Meeting also included a brief presentation and provided the public with an opportunity to provide comments to Regional Council on the proposed Amendment.
- Virtual Public Information Centre – Thursday, February 24, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.
- Virtual Statutory Public Meeting – Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 9 a.m.
- More information:
Regional Staff Contact:
For more information or to provide comments on the application, please contact:
905-825-6000 ext. 7391