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Parks. Trails. Greenspace Bond

Overwhelmingly passed with 82% of voters in favor.

In an effort to address citizens' desires to protect some land from development, the City of Milton proposed $25 million in bonds during the November 2016 general election. The bonds will be used to acquire land for parks, trails and greenspace including conservation land, wildlife habitat and natural areas. Milton citizens voted in favor of the bond referendum on November 8, 2016. 

Update as of Feb. 27, 2017: City staff continue implementation efforts for creating the Milton Greenspace Advisory Committee (MGAC) and laying the financial groundwork for the bond sale. The Membership Application has been finalized and is available below. In addition, the Milton Communications Department will begin widespread distribution of the Membership Application on Mar. 1, 2017.

The MGAC Membership Application provides complete details regarding committee member responsibilities, basic requirements for participating, and how to submit your application. 

Instructions for submitting the Membership Application: Submit your completed application and attachment(s) to Kathleen Johnson by email at kathleen.johnson@cityofmiltonga.us or by fax at 678-242-2499. 

The ballot read:

Conservation Land, Wildlife, Habitat, Natural Area, and Trails Bond.

Shall general obligation bonds in an aggregate principal of up to twenty-five million dollars be issued by the City of Milton, Georgia to acquire conservation land and interests in conservation land for the purposes of providing recreational trails, protecting natural areas and wildlife habitat, preserving agricultural land, protecting water quality of rivers and streams and providing parks and park improvements?

Read our frequently asked questions and answers.
How did we get to the official resolution?

In February 2016, the City Council decided to explore the possibility of whether to pursue a bond to provide the funds for preserving greenspace in the city. As part of that process, the Council asked the Planning Commission to come up with a list of criteria to identify which types of land areas within the city should be acquired in order to preserve greenspace for its citizens’ use. The Council noted that the criteria would be used to help guide future land acquisition decisions relating to the bond proceeds land but that the criteria should not identify any specific parcels of land or addresses. Read more on the Planning Commission process, results and criteria recommendations in this June 20, 2016 report to the Council.

Read the official City Council Resolution (No. 16-08-379), dated August 15, 2016, regarding the Greenspace Bond criteria.

View Milton's planned trail network map.

For more information, contact Kathleen Johnson, Conservation Project Manager at kathleen.johnson@cityofmiltonga.us or contact Kathy by phone at 678-242-2523. 

More land for parks, trails, greenspace. Less land developed.

Greenspace Bond Details