2016 Land Use Bylaw
Town of Hinton

The revised Land Use Bylaw is ready for your feedback!

Town of Hinton administration and engineering firm ISL, with direction and support from Council, have undertaken a review and revision of the Land Use Bylaw (LUB). The shared objective of this work was to develop an LUB that promotes growth and supports development initiatives in an organized rational manner, through positive user-friendly development regulations.

The draft LUB is now available for public feedback and can be found on the Town website. A Public Open House is scheduled for July 14 from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm in the Town of Hinton Government Centre Foyer. Staff will be on hand to answer your questions, and provide clarification on areas of the document.

The draft LUB is another step in the progressive way of doing business the Town of Hinton Planning and Development division has adopted.

But don’t take our word for it: if you are interested in starting a project at your home or business, come down to the Planning and Development desk in the Government Centre and speak to one of our friendly staff members for assistance.

What are the key changes?

Overall, the document has been reduced in size, content has been clarified and written in a plain language manner, so that understanding what is required is easier. 
But that’s not all:

  • The document has been reduced from 233 to 79 pages, with sections merged to reduce duplication;
  • Prescriptive details, such as design guidelines and overlays which are not required in the revised LUB, have been removed and will be incorporated into separate policy documents where they are more appropriate;
  • Formatting has been revised to be easier to follow and interpret, and definitions have been updated and consolidated; 
  • Language has been revised to provide a positive tone and consistent voice, jargon removed to simplify text, and figures revised and simplified to provide clarity;
  • Inconsistencies have been eliminated;
  • Development permit policies have been revised and simplified to reflect best practices;
  • Policies are less prescriptive and more discretion has been provided to the Development Authority; and
  • Some districts have been consolidated and others not currently being used have been removed.

What are the benefits to the community?

The main benefit to residents advancing projects at home or at their business is that the new LUB allows discretion for innovation and a common sense approach to development. 

  • Provides a user-friendly format;
  • Promotes positive development and economic growth;
  • Provides a basic framework for consistent policy and procedure to accommodate development in appropriate locations; 
  • Protects existing development and minimizes conflict; and
  • Provides mechanisms for enforcement.

What are the benefits to Developers?

Developers will find the new LUB easier to use because policies are less prescriptive and more discretion has been provided to the Development Authority. As with the benefit to the community, there is room for a common sense approach to development in Hinton.

  • Clarifies development requirements, and provides consistency; 
  • Simplifies and facilitates the approval process;
  • Reduces barriers to development;
  • Promotes a collaborative approach to finding mutually beneficial outcomes; and
  • Focuses on what is allowed, rather than on what is not.

How can I share my feedback?

For more information, or to share your feedback on the draft Land Use Bylaw, email  or call the Planning and Development division at 780-865-6010. Feedback will be accepted until August 1, 2016.

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