Milton is virtually unrecognizable from even five years ago, but people out that way assure me that the development (so far) is within the Places to Grow spec, and in fact has done some good things in terms of density and attracting industry.I understand the whole places to grow thing....but if the local folks have shown no interest in executing/implementing the plan.....how much do you spend providing "huge help" to it? It may be a circular argument (IDK) but it is worth thinking about.
The problem with Places to Grow is that none of the communities on the edge of the development zone want to remain rural - all want the revenue base that comes with development. It's a very slippery slope to enforce the greenbelt and to draw that hard line. I don't have much confidence that it won't all unravel. So far, Milton is embracing the bypass and is accepting (reluctantly) the new CN intermodal yard. We shouldn't be criticising Milton for what *might* happen, especially if there is a bandwagon emerging around the whole GTA.
As noted, we are all "in the bleachers" about where the bypass could be placed, but with Milton, Halton and the Province all indicating support, something will get drawn and I'm betting it will divert CP as well as CN. IIRC the official plan doesn't allow development north of the north side of Steeles. Lots of space north of there.