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.
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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Kathy by phone at 678-242-2523.
More land for parks, trails, greenspace. Less land developed.