Town Owned Land Inventory

The use of Town owned property is regulated by the Municipal Government Act (MGA) and Land Use Bylaw 1088 (LUB). 

As per the MGA, Municipal Reserve (MR) may only be used for a public park, public recreation area, school board purposes, or as a buffer.  If the Town of Hinton wishes to sell, lease or otherwise dispose of MR, a public hearing must be held in accordance with section 230 and must be advertised in accordance with section 606 of the MGA.  Town Council may then vote on the disposal.

As per the MGA, Environmental Reserve (ER) must be left in its natural state or be used as a public park.  Any changes to ER uses or boundaries must be passed by Council via a Bylaw and comply with section 676 of the MGA, including a public hearing and advertising.

Generally, Public Utility Lots (PUL) are used for municipal infrastructure (i.e. sanitary sewer, storm water management, water line etc.) or pedestrian access.
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Use of reserve land, money
671(1) Subject to section 676(1), environmental reserve must be left in its natural state or be used as a public park.
(2) Municipal reserve, school reserve or municipal and school reserve may be used by a municipality or school board or by them jointly only for any or all of the following purposes:
(a) a public park;
(b) a public recreation area;
(c) school board purposes;
(d) to separate areas of land that are used for different purposes.

Disposal of municipal and school reserve
674(1) Despite section 70, if
(a) a council wishes to sell, lease or otherwise dispose of municipal reserve or community services reserve, or
(b) a council and a school board wish to sell, lease or otherwise dispose of municipal and school reserve, a public hearing must be held in accordance with section 230 and must be advertised in accordance with section 606.
(2) In addition to the notice required under subsection (1), notices containing the information required under section 606 must be posted on or near the municipal reserve, community services reserve or municipal and school reserve that is the subject of the hearing.

Changes to environmental reserve’s use or boundaries
676(1) A council may by bylaw, after giving notice in accordance with section 606 and holding a public hearing in accordance with section 230,
(a) use an environmental reserve for a purpose not specified in section 671(1),
(b) transfer an environmental reserve to the Crown or an agent of the Crown for consideration, as agreed,
(c) lease or dispose of an environmental reserve other than by a sale for a term of not more than 3 years, and
(d) change the boundaries of an environmental reserve or environmental reserve easement in order to correct an omission, error or other defect in the certificate of title, or to rectify an encroachment problem or other concern.

Road, etc., over reserve land
677 Despite section 671, a municipality or a municipality and a school board may authorize
(a) the construction, installation and maintenance, or any of them, of a roadway, public utility, pipeline as defined in the Oil and Gas Conservation Act or transmission line as defined in the Hydro and Electric Energy Act on, in, over or under reserve land, or
(b) the maintenance and protection of reserve land,
if the interests of the public will not be adversely affected.