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TRANSPORTATION MASTER PLAN: PUBLIC INPUT SESSION #2 - MAY 10

Interested in commenting on proposed transportation improvements for roads, trails, bikeways and transit? We are developing a Transportation Master Plan, in conjunction with consultants WSP/MMM Group, as part of our proactive approach to planning for growth and our vision for a well-connected community. This plan will help us prepare for a future where residents, employees and visitors have transportation choices to travel in and around the town to get to work, school and play destinations.Join us to review the transportation improvements developed for consideration after public input in December and January:Wednesday May 10, 2017, 5:00 – 8:00 pmDrop-in chat with consultants and Town staffMilton Sports Centre, 605 Santa Maria Boulevard (Lobby)Special drop-off bus service: Available after sessionParticipate online using our interactive online tool: Available until June 30For more information, please visit our Transportation Master Plan webpage.

CONSTRUCTION AND TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURE: FIFTH LINE (STARTING MAY 1)

Due to bridge work on Fifth Line, there will be daily temporary lane closures on Fifth Line, South of Britannia Road, on either side and over the bridge as follows:Daily lane closures: 9:00 am - 4:00 pmDates: Monday, May 1 - Friday, June 9, 2017One lane of traffic will be maintained at all times on Fifth Line, with two lanes of traffic open outside of working hours. Driveway access off of Fifth Line will not be impacted during this work.For a map and additional information, see the Notice of Construction and Temporary Lane Closure.

FREE ACTIVITIES FOR YOUTH WEEK: MAY 1 - 7

Celebrate Youth Week May 1-7 with free activities all week long with a movie, fitness, basketball and Stick 'n Puck.www.milton.ca/youthweek 

POLICY CHANGES AND PARKING STUDIES SUPPORT STRONG AND HEALTHY FUTURE FOR DOWNTOWN MILTON

News Release-Proposed amendments to the Official Plan and Zoning By-law, along with ongoing parking studies will create a more flexible and progressive policy environment within Milton’s downtown with a vision that supports businesses and community members alike.Community input related to proposed Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments was received at a public meeting on Monday, April 24. The first phase of results for a downtown parking study was also provided to Milton’s Committee of the Whole to address the potential implications of downtown development related to parking supply and demand in the area.“The long-term sustainability of our downtown is critical to being a vibrant, connected and complete community, as defined in our Destiny Milton 3 Strategic Action Plan,” said Milton Mayor Gord Krantz.  “We will continue to take steps with zoning, policies, and public engagement to ensure our downtown remains a strong focal point for the entire community.”The Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments are the first steps to implement the recommendations of the Milton’s Downtown Study, which was endorsed by Milton Council in January 2017. A new designation entitled Downtown Supportive Area encourages pedestrian-friendly, street-oriented development that complements heritage and creates a buffer between commercial uses and adjoining residential properties. Active Frontages, a new overlay designation encompasses properties fronting Main Street, between Martin Street and James Street to the north and Sixteen Mile Creek and Brown Street to the south. This area will reinforce the character of lively, pedestrian-oriented and interactive street fronts. A technical report will be brought forward for Council’s consideration at a later date which will respond to any issues or concerns raised through the public and agency consultation process.As part of a longer-term parking analysis, the Town retained consultants to conduct a study to determine parking utilization, duration and turnover within municipal parking lots and on-street parking areas in the downtown area. This parking analysis will help to identify the implications of the development within the downtown on parking supply and demand. The study noted that weekday on-street marked parking and off-street parking exceeded 90%; at 85% people have difficulty finding a parking space, resulting in the potential for individuals needing to drive around to look for a space or leaving the area. Saturday peak parking demand was estimated at exceeding 100% for these same areas.Proposed land use policy changes and further parking studies will guide the continued development of a healthy downtown core, complete with a civic precinct presence, a focus on heritage preservation and providing pedestrian-friendly surroundings, which will serve as a gathering place for businesses, residents and visitors.For information on projects related to the Downtown Study, visit www.milton.ca/downtownstudy. - 30 -For media inquiries, please contact: Hazel CarlinCommunications & Marketing Advisor905-878-7252 ext. 2166Hazel.carlin@milton.ca 

MILTON'S EMERALD ASH BORER PROGRAM CARRYING ON IN 2017

News Release-The Town of Milton is continuing with the treatment, removal and replacement of trees infected by the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). Work in 2017 will focus on Beaty, Clarke, Dempsey and Coates Neighbourhoods as well as follow-up work in older Milton neighbourhoods.Residents may notice Town crews working on tree assessments and markings until the end of April. Green markings indicate continuing treatment for the tree; white markings designate trees that have been slated for removal and replacement. Town staff are expecting 1,500 infected ash trees to be removed from mid-May to the end of August, with replacement trees to be planted from September to November, and potentially minor plantings continuing into spring 2018, depending on species availability and optimum planting time for different species.The assessment work is continuing in older areas of Milton that require replacement trees for infected trees that were removed last spring. Replanting for these areas will take place in the fall. Approximately 300 ash trees in this area continue to be treated with the insecticide TreeAzin, which is slowing the decline of the trees and helping to preserve the tree canopy until the trees eventually have to be removed and replaced over the next two to three years.When replacing trees, a blend of tree species is being replanted in order to diversify the range of tree species types. This includes approximately 30 types of primarily Carolinian species, which are indigenous to this region. In addition, non-native, non-invasive species will be planted to further diversify the mix of trees. The Town will continue this approach to help make the urban forest more resilient to any possible future infestations that may target specific species of plants.Residents on streets with affected ash trees on public property will receive a door hanger notice alerting them to upcoming tree removal and replanting work. Affected trees that are not on Town property are the responsibility of the property owner. Residents who are unsure about whether an affected tree is on their property or Town property can call 905-878-7252 ext. 2500.The work that is currently underway is part of Milton’s multi-year strategy to proactively address the EAB infestation in Milton. EAB has affected the majority of ash trees in the community, and it is estimated that the EAB will destroy all of the ash trees in Milton in the next few years. The assessment and planting work is funded through the allocation of proceeds from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) operations at Mohawk Racetrack, which are used in the Town’s capital program in the year following the receipt of funds.For more information on the Town’s EAB Strategy, visit www.milton.ca/EAB.- 30 -For media inquiries, please contact:Hazel CarlinCommunications & Marketing Advisor905-878-7252 ext. 2166hazel.carlin@milton.ca 

PUBLIC INPUT INVITED ON DESIGN CONCEPTS FOR PARK REDEVELOPMENT IN CAMPBELLVILLE

News Release-An existing park, known as Campbellville “New” Park, will be undergoing improvements and public input is being sought on design concepts that have been developed based on the feedback provided during public input sessions in March.The session takes place on Wednesday, April 19 2017, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (presentation at 6:30 p.m.) at the Nassagaweya Tennis Centre & Community Hall, 9267 Guelph Line. Online comments are also being welcomed with a survey available until May 10 at www.milton.ca/campbellvillenewpark.Possible enhancements to the park include improvements to the baseball field, parking lot, and site drainage along with a new playground, site furnishings and minor upgrades to the concession building.For more information on this redevelopment project, visit www.milton.ca/campbellvillenewpark or contact Thomas Chamberlain at Thomas.chamberlain@milton.ca- 30 -For media inquiries, please contact: Hazel CarlinCommunications & Marketing Advisor905-878-7252 ext. 2166Hazel.carlin@milton.ca

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City Information & Statistics

Milton (2016 census population 110,128) is a town in Southern Ontario, Canada, and part of the Halton Region in the Greater Toronto Area. Between 2001 and 2011 Milton was the fastest growing municipality in Canada, with a 71.4% increase in population in 2006 and another 56.5% increase in 2011. In 2016, Milton's census population was 110,128 with an estimated growth to 228,000 by 2031. Milton is located 40 km (25 mi) west of Downtown Toronto on Highway 401, and is the western terminus for the Milton line commuter train and bus corridor operated by GO Transit. Milton is on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO world biosphere reserve and the Bruce Trail. View More Information at Wikipedia

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