In May 2009, Council authorized the undertaking of the Acton Downtown Land Use Study. The purpose of the study was to:
determine whether any adjustments to the Acton Downtown Boundary and the boundaries of the related sub-areas were warranted;
develop various alternatives for the Acton Downtown Boundary and the boundaries of any sub-areas within the boundary as may be necessary;
develop land use policy alternatives for the Downtown; and,
select and implement a preferred boundary for Downtown Acton and the related sub-areas along with supporting land use policies.
On March 6, 2012, Council for the Corporation of the Town of Halton Hills passed By-law No. 2012-0023, being a By-law to adopt Amendment No. 6 to the Official Plan of the Town of Halton Hills. Official Plan Amendment No. 6 implements the recommendations resulting from the Acton Downtown Area Land Use Policy Review. See Notice of Adoption.
The Acton Downtown Official Plan Amendment is aimed at facilitating appropriate redevelopment and revitalization in Downtown Acton, while protecting the character and stability of existing residential neighbourhoods.
The Official Plan Amendment includes the following:
A revised boundary for Downtown Acton.
Deletion of the Tourist Commercial Sub-Area designation.
New land use designations in Downtown Acton including a Residential/Office Sub-Area, a Redevelopment Sub-Area a Medium Density Residential/Commercial Sub-Area.
New polices for the Residential/Office Sub-Area which recognize that this area is primarily residential, while providing opportunities to accommodate business offices within the existing house form buildings.
New policies for the Redevelopment Sub-Area which recognize that this area is the focus for higher density residential uses in the Acton Downtown Area, with complementary commercial or institutional uses.
New policies for the Medium Density Residential/ Commercial Sub-Area which recognize the potential for these lands for medium density residential and/or commercial uses to complement the adjacent high-density area.
Link to Staff Reports
PDS-2009-0034 -Acton Downtown Area Land Use Policy Review PDS-2010-0047 - Acton Downtown Area Land Use Policy Review - Background and Preliminary Alternatives Report PDS-2011-0005 - Acton Downtown Area Land Use Policy Review- Draft Official Plan Amendment PDS-2011-0031 - Statutory Public Meeting Report PDS-2012-0012- Acton Downtown Area Land Use Study - Recommendation Report - Town of Halton Hills Official Plan Amendment No. 6