Strategies & Actions Theme 5: Natural & Built Environments

Strategy 15: Manage water resources to ensure that human water needs are met while preserving the state of natural, hydrological systems.
Actions
Facilitating Partner(s)
Implementing Partner(s)
Priority
5.15.1 Embrace passive design principles for water management at the lot and neighbourhood level.
Town of Hinton*
Multiple Partners
Medium
5.15.2 Develop a Community Water Management Plan that aligns with the Athabasca Regional Watershed Management Plan and includes education and communication strategies.
Town of Hinton*
Multiple Partners, including:
Town of Hinton
Medium
5.15.3 Develop regulations and incentives to reduce demand for energy and water.
Town of Hinton
Multiple Partners, including:
Town of Hinton
Medium
5.15.4 Reduce and/or eliminate the use of potable water for non-potable water needs.
Town of Hinton*
Multiple Partners
Low
5.15.5 Plan for and develop methods to use rain, grey water and black water.
Town of Hinton
Multiple Partners
Low
5.15.6 Restore water quality by enhancing and protecting watersheds and groundwater basins (e.g., Hardisty Creek Restoration Project, which will restore the natural flow of this watershed).
Town of Hinton*
Multiple Partners
Medium

Strategy 16: As a community and as individuals, endeavour to minimize our ecological footprint through waste reduction.
Actions
Facilitating Partner(s)
Implementing Partner(s)
Priority
5.16.1 Reduce embodied energy (i.e., consumption of physical inputs) by taking into account the life cycle of all products.
Town of Hinton
Multiple Partners
Medium
5.16.2 Ensure appropriate management of non-productive waste, recognizing that harmful waste contaminates.
Town of Hinton*
Multiple Partners
Medium
5.16.3 Develop strategies that mitigate light pollution.
Town of Hinton*
Multiple Partners
Low
5.16.4 Introduce strategies to increase participation in recycling, such as curb side pick-up.
Town of Hinton
Town of Hinton
High
5.16.5 Strive to eliminate traditional landfills by considering alternative systems and making use of by-products.
Town of Hinton
Multiple Partners
Medium
5.16.6 Develop and implement a Town of Hinton municipal waste management audit reduction strategy and challenge all businesses and organizations to follow suit.
Town of Hinton
Town of Hinton
High

Strategy 17: Endeavour to minimize the Hinton community’s ecological footprint by reducing pollution.
Actions
Facilitating Partner(s)
Implementing Partner(s)
Priority
5.17.1 Reduce traffic and energy use locally and regionally by promoting and facilitating car pools, public transit, walking and bicycling.
Town of Hinton
Town of Hinton
Medium
5.17.2 Minimize the use of harmful herbicides, insecticides, pesticides where possible by finding alternative solutions to control pests and invasive species.
Town of Hinton
Multiple Partners
Medium
5.17.3 Reduce odour and emission from vehicles, heavy machinery and industrial processes in the community.
Town of Hinton*
Multiple Partners
High

Strategy 18: Protect and expand green spaces to conserve natural habitats, support biodiversity, enhance cultural resources and promote local food production.
Actions
Facilitating Partner(s)
Implementing Partner(s)
Priority
5.18.1 Develop local community gardens and encourage the use of SPIN (Small Plot Intensive) principles to relocalize the growth and variety of food. Plan for food sovereignty, in part by commercializing urban food production.
Town of Hinton
Multiple Partners
Medium
5.18.2 Develop and promote backyard natural habitat programs.
Town of Hinton
Town of Hinton
Medium
5.18.3 Identify best practices and develop policies to effectively manage existing green spaces.
Town of Hinton
Multiple Partners, including:
Town of Hinton
Alberta Sustainable Resource Development
Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation
Medium
5.18.4 Continue to preserve the state of natural hydrological systems in and surrounding the community by enforcing accountability standards and legislation.
Town of Hinton
Multiple Partners, including:
Town of Hinton
Alberta Sustainable Resource Development
Medium
5.18.5 Minimize deforestation, soil erosion and water needs in new subdivisions through tree retention and planting policies/regulations.
Town of Hinton
Multiple Partners, including:
Town of Hinton
Alberta Sustainable Resource Development
Medium

Strategy 19: Practise and promote energy conservation and alternate green energy development and use within all infrastructure systems to minimize our ecological footprint.
Actions
Facilitating Partner(s)
Implementing Partner(s)
Priority
5.19.1 Identify large-scale alternative renewable energy opportunities and develop where practical (e.g., bio-fuel/logging waste, municipal solid waste to energy, solar, land reclamation, wind and water).
Town of Hinton*
Multiple Partners
High
5.19.2 Foster site specific applications for renewable or alternative energy, while also fitting into the neighbouring street/land scape.
Town of Hinton
Multiple Partners
Medium
5.19.3 Establish Hinton as a leader in best “green” practices (e.g., green planning and policies, green image and attractions, green businesses and energy awards).
Town of Hinton
Multiple Partners
Medium
5.19.4 Become a community of environmental stewardship leaders through awareness programs and behaviours (e.g., household waste audits) that reduce, reuse and recycle water, solid waste and non-renewable energy.
Town of Hinton
Multiple Partners
Medium
5.19.5 Explore wind as an alternative energy source for the community and develop if and where practical.
Town of Hinton*
Multiple Partners
High

Strategy 20: Foster balanced future growth and development of the community base with environmental and social conservation.

Actions
Facilitating Partner(s)
Implementing Partner(s)
Priority
5.20.1 While encouraging resource development, ensure that current “green” and scenic values are not lost (e.g., through development of coal mines).
Lead Facilitator to be confirmed.
Town of Hinton
Alberta Sustainable Resource Development*
Multiple Partners
High
5.20.2 Establish well-defined business and industrial clusters and transportation corridors.
Town of Hinton
Town of Hinton
Medium
5.20.3 Develop a Growth Management Plan with tools to monitor cumulative ecological, social and economic effects of community growth.
Town of Hinton
Town of Hinton
Medium
5.20.4 Minimize urban sprawl by integrating commercial, institutional and residential development and by promoting mixed use of land.
Town of Hinton
Town of Hinton
Medium
5.20.5 Plan and use land judicially and according to its capabilities and assets, striving for the best use of the land.
Lead Facilitator to be confirmed.
Town of Hinton
Alberta Sustainable Resource Development*
Town of Hinton
Alberta Sustainable Resource Development
Medium
5.20.6 Develop an “ecosystem map” to help Hinton identify, manage and protect natural ecosystems (e.g., restrict use on identified sensitive areas).
Town of Hinton
Town of Hinton
Medium
5.20.7 Encourage all new developments to implement environmental best practices with the intent to regulate (e.g., green buildings, development sites and subdivisions).
Town of Hinton
Multiple Partners
Medium
5.20.8 Develop and enforce standards for riparian area setbacks.
Town of Hinton*
Multiple Partners
Medium
5.20.9 Continue to improve the signage and visual appeal of the Highway 16 corridor to enhance Hinton’s status as a mountain community.
Town of Hinton
Town of Hinton
High

Strategy 21: Be a pedestrian/cyclist/transit friendly community.

Actions
Facilitating Partner(s)
Implementing Partner(s)
Priority
5.21.1 Design and implement standards that incorporate pedestrian and cyclist routes (e.g., bike lanes and bicycle friendly corridors) into trails, parks and roadways.
Town of Hinton
Multiple Partners, including:
Town of Hinton
High
5.21.2 Design and implement multi-use trails on Highway 16 corridor service roads.
Town of Hinton
Town of Hinton
High
5.21.3 Develop standards to ensure all neighbourhoods include parks and are connected by trails to green spaces and amenities.
Town of Hinton
Town of Hinton
High
5.21.4 Design and implement integrated transportation strategies and systems for residents and visitors that encourage and promote walking, cycling and public transit use.
Town of Hinton
Town of Hinton
High
5.21.5 Develop a means of moving pedestrians and cyclists
between the upper and lower terraces (e.g., funicular/incline railway).
Town of Hinton
Town of Hinton
Low
5.21.6 Develop regional public transportation for access to regional amenities, services, communities and parks.
Town of Hinton
Multiple Partners
Medium
5.21.7 Through the use of parks and trails, establish wildlife connectivity and corridors.
Lead Facilitator to be confirmed.
Town of Hinton
Alberta Sustainable Resource Development
Alberta Transportation*
Town of Hinton
Alberta Sustainable
Resource Development
Alberta Transportation
Albert a Tourism, Parks and Recreation
Medium
5.21.8 Develop non-motorized recreational trails along highways or other rights-of-way to promote regional linkages.
Town of Hinton*
Multiple Partners
Medium
5.21.9 Develop a linear regional trail system (e.g., Edmonton to Jasper).

Town of Hinton*
Multiple Partners, including:
Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation
Medium
5.21.10 Enhance public transit system services by increasing frequency and number of routes.
Town of Hinton
Town of Hinton
Medium
5.21.11 Expand, connect and upgrade the town trail system (adding trails, signs, amenities and interpretive media) to invite year-round use for transportation and recreation as an alternative to vehicular travel.
Town of Hinton
Town of Hinton
Medium
5.21.12 Promote the responsible use of ATV’s on designated staging areas and corridors.
Lead Facilitator to be confirmed.
Town of Hinton
Alberta Sustainable Resource Development*
Town of Hinton
Alberta Sustainable Resource Development
 High
5.21.13 Promote bicycle use by establishing bike rental, lock-up and sharing stations at key locations.
Town of Hinton
Town of Hinton
 Low

Strategy 22: Promote the Hinton community’s unique heritage and natural setting in Alberta’s Northern Rockies through community aesthetics, streetscapes and public art.

Actions
Facilitating Partner(s)
Implementing Partner(s)
Priority
5.22.1 Foster creative activity through streetscapes and social gathering areas that link place with culture and economy.
Town of Hinton
Multiple Partners
High
5.22.2 Utilize our natural scapes and local heritage to develop tourism in the community.
Lead Facilitator to be confirmed.
Town of Hinton
Multiple Partners
High
5.22.3 Encourage and enhance the beautification of the community through heritage and mountain architecture in streetscapes and facilities.
Town of Hinton
Multiple Partners
High
5.22.4 Integrate natural land features, including vegetation, into site planning and development.
Lead Facilitator to be confirmed.
Town of Hinton
Multiple Partners
Medium
5.22.5 Incorporate outdoor art and displays into the built environment.
Town of Hinton
Multiple Partners
Medium
5.22.6 Encourage building retrofits within the community to accommodate persons with limited mobility.
Town of Hinton
Multiple Partners
Medium
5.22.7 Consider incentive programs for community beautification.
Town of Hinton
Town of Hinton
High

Legend
Facilitating Partner(s ): bring together the implementing partners, who initiate action. Where “Lead Facilitator to be confirmed ” has been identified – the Lead Facilitator will be determined through the implementation. Implementing Partner(s): responsible for initiating, managing, and reporting on actions. Where “Multiple Partners” has been identified a number of organizations will be required to complete this action. It will be the Facilitating Partner who will look to engage the organizations required to implement the action. Named partner(s): is an organization that has committed to participating in achieving that action and are identified in addition to “Multiple Partners”. Priority: the community ranked the importance of the actions.