As the economy began to recover, the home building industry became more and more active in Milton. In 2014 city officials and residents realized that steps must be taken in order to preserve the rural landscape that sets the city apart from its neighboring cities.
As a first step towards the understanding of conservation options for the City of Milton, an ICMA Leadership Team was consulted to determine innovative strategies for green space protection. The study was conducted over a period of several months and resulted in a report outlining various conservation opportunities available to the city.
In its ongoing effort to pursue smart growth strategies and conservation of the city’s unique rural character, Milton’s City Council approved an agreement securing a long-time conservation professional to help create the city’s first Conservation Plan.
Laurel A. Florio, a Milton resident, brought to the city decades of experience as consultant, land specialist and educator for a host of environmental protection organizations.
An open house hosted by the city and led by Tom Daniels, a professor and conservation planner at the University of Pennsylvania hired to draft the plan, allowed residents to learn about and give input on the direction of conservation in Milton.
As part of the city’s ongoing green space preservation efforts, Milton held a public open house and workshop in October at City Hall to discuss the concept of conservation subdivisions.
Led by Randall Arendt, noted author of numerous books on conserving land in municipalities, including Conservation Design for Subdivisions: A Practical Guide to Creating Open Space Networks and Growing Greener: Putting Conservation into Local Plans and Ordinances, the open house and workshop allowed residents to learn about and give input on the direction of conservation subdivisions in Milton.
Milton imposed a rezoning moratorium to hold the status quo while staff worked with the community to ensure growth patterns were keeping with the style the community wants for its future.
Council members voted to stop accepting applications for 30 days on rezonings in the following classifications:
The rezoning moratorium remained in place until January 2015.